Series consists of correspondence between the developer and the municipality, draft or conceptual site plans, copies of legal agreements, application forms, checklists, and staff reports, all of which document the major subdivision development application process. A major subdivision development is one that requires the construction of new roads and services, unlike minor subdivision developments where the lot or parcel of land is served by existing roads and services. Major subdivisions can be residential, commercial, manufacturing, or industrial. Some files contain a particular type of legal agreement, the Land Use Contract, an optional development control device used by the municipality between 1971 and 1977 to establish the terms and conditions of land use and development. The municipality and the developer entered into a Land Use Contract for certain major developments according to the impact of the proposed development on present and future public costs, environmental concerns, the fulfillment of community goals, and the provision of necessary public space. Because major subdivisions are subject to levies or fees which help to pay for the capital costs of sewer, water, drainage, highways, roads, and open space, as well as to administrative fees, performance bonds, and maintenance bonds, some files also contain financial records. The series documents the scope of development in Richmond over a twenty year period. It also provides insight into the evolution of the application process and the role of the Planning Department, which was responsible for the coordination of the application process from the department's creation in 1957 until its reorganization into the Urban Development Division in 1992.
Richmond (B.C.). Planning and Development Department