What is a tract map?

A tract map is one of the processes used to subdivide real property into smaller lots. Typically, the tract map is used to create five (5) or more residential lots. This type of subdivision is normally associated with full urban improvements, which would include paved streets, curb, gutter and sidewalk, fire hydrants, street lights, comprehensive drainage system, water and sewer service, and other infrastructure found in urban areas.

There is no statutory limit to the number of lots that can be created by using the tract map process. However, each lot must meet the minimum lot size required by the Kern County General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and the land must be capable of supporting the proposed number of lots and the permitted land use.

Applicants for tract maps are typically “developers” (those who are in the business of developing residential properties). A significant investment is involved in gaining approval of, and constructing, a tract. Other less costly and less complex processes are available to individual landowners who wish to subdivide their large parcel into fewer pieces.