Can I subdivide my lot? What is an ANR plan?

A subdivision is a division of land into two or more lots and involves the creation of a new road.  An ANR (“approval not required”) is the division of land into lots with frontage on existing roads, whether public or private, or simply reconfiguring lot lines. The Planning Board endorses ANRs certifying that approval under the Town’s Subdivision Regulations is not required.

You must first determine whether you have sufficient land to meet the applicable requirements in the Zoning Bylaw to be subdivided. Consult the Zoning By-Law to determine the required lot size in your zoning district. Contact a local surveyor or engineer to determine whether your property meets the requirements and to draw up a certified site plan. You must also ensure your new lot(s) have at least 20 feet of frontage along an existing road to provide access. 

If you are interested in potentially subdividing a lot, we recommend that you meet with the Planning and Building Departments to discuss your plans.  An ANR application can be found here. 

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1. What is zoning?
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3. What is a pre-existing non-conforming use?
4. What is an “as-of-right” project?
5. Why do I need zoning relief if my structure is non-conforming?
6. What are special permits and variances?
7. What is the zoning process in Brookline?
8. What is the difference between the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals?
9. How can I find out what zoning district my property is located in?
10. What is Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and how do I calculate it?
11. My neighbor is proposing a project that I am concerned about. What can I do?
12. I would like to put a shed/detached garage/AC condenser/generator on my property. Is this allowed?
13. I would like to add an in-law suite or accessory apartment to my home. Can I do this?
14. Do I need an attorney to file an application with a Board or Commission?
15. The ZBA voted to approve my application. Now what?
16. How long does the zoning process take?
17. Do my plans need to be drawn by a registered architect?
18. What are the regulations pertaining to signage for my business?
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20. How can I propose a zoning amendment?
21. What is a 40B project?
22. Can I subdivide my lot? What is an ANR plan?
23. How do I learn about Major Impact projects and Design Advisory Teams?
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25. Learn about Brookline’s Climate Action/Sustainability initiatives?
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