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Land Division

As described in the general provisions of Title 24 of the Pacific Grove Municipal Code, the Subdivision Ordinance regulates and controls the division of land within the City. The Subdivision Ordinance supplements the provisions of the State Subdivision Map Act concerning the design, improvement, and survey data of subdivisions, the form and content of all maps provided for by the State Subdivision Map Act.
Parcel Maps are generally used to subdivide/reconfigure property into 1 to 4 lots. However, non-residential subdivisions greater than 4 lots can be mapped with a Parcel Map if the project meets applicable exemptions in the Subdivision Map Act. 
During the review of tentative maps, the City Engineer will comment on and place conditions on the tentative map. Once the applicant has an approved tentative map, a parcel map or final (tract) map prepared by a licensed civil engineer or land surveyor is submitted to public works for review and approval. The City Engineer approves parcel maps and final (tract) maps.

Certificates of Compliance evaluate information necessary to substantiate a finding that the existing lot(s) conform(s) to the SMA and local ordinances. Such information may include: chain of title; evidence of prior subdivision or parcel map approval; an official map prepared pursuant to the SMA; recorded deeds or other evidence relevant to the division of the property in question. A Certificate of Compliance represents a local agency’s recognition of the validity of a legal lot(s).

Certificate of Compliance Application Submittal Requirements

Lot line adjustments and mergers adjust the size and or shape of existing lots and are generally minor in nature. Lot line adjustments do not create new lots, while mergers reduce the number of lots.

Lot Line Adjustment Submittal Requirements and Suplemental Application 

A Tentative Map, followed by the filing of a Final Map, is the general process for subdivision of five or more lots. The Tentative Map is more detailed and involved than a Parcel Map, and depending on the size of the proposed subdivision, may also require dedications of land, such as parkland.