A minor subdivision, as defined by the Santa Rosa County Land Development Code (LDC), is "any division of one parcel of land into two or more parcels in which all parcels have adequate existing county-maintained or county-approved street frontage as specified by the existing zoning district of the parcel and require no new streets or change in existing public streets." Minor subdivisions cannot occur along County rights-of-way where the actual roadway has not been constructed and accepted for maintenance by the County. County-approved streets are either 1) private roads that were approved through the platting process or 2) private roads that existed prior to April 24, 1986, and are shown and named on the County's original zoning maps.
LDC Section 4.03.13(B) requires that minor subdivisions comply with the existing zoning district standards, but it exempts these land divisions from the platting requirements of the Code. However, as of September 16, 2006, minor subdivisions must be approved by the Community Planning, Zoning, and Development Division prior to the division of land if any of the following criteria are met:
- If the property being divided is located on an Access Management corridor;
- If the property being divided is located in a Military or Public Airport Zone;
- If the property being divided is located in the Garcon Point Protection Area;
- If the property being divided is located in an identified storm water problem area and the resultant lots or parcels are less than one (1) acre in size.