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Residential Subdivision: Three Core Tips for Designing the Electrical Infrastructure

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Subdividing residential lots is not a straightforward process. In simple terms, you cannot have the lot sectioned into appropriate parts and consider the process complete. There are other critical things that you must address, including electrical connections. It is your responsibility as the owner of the land to make certain that each new lot will have power. Moreover, the surrounding environment might require public lighting, depending on the scale of your project. Here are simple planning tips for creating a design for the electrical infrastructure during subdivision.

1. Evaluate the Planning Approval

Residential subdivision is a major development project. Therefore, approval from the local council is usually required before the work can begin. When a planning application is lodged and accepted, there are conditions for development that are put in place. For instance, the size of the lots will only be approved if they meet the standard imposed for the zone, or you might be required to create a roadway for efficient access. When creating a design for electrical installation, you must ensure that the conditions which are set out in relation to utilities are not violated.

2. Calculate the Electrical Requirements

It is important to have a clear understanding of the electrical requirements of the residential subdivision before commissioning design and installation. Often, you should not make the decisions relating to the electrical infrastructure by focussing on potential costs or your assumptions. Under ideal circumstances, you should engage a consultant with accreditation from a power distribution company. This professional will conduct an assessment of the subdivision and determine the optimal power supply to match your plans.

3. Develop a Customised Design

The right custom design must be created for your subdivision. The electrical design will provide a clear outline of all the specific power elements which must be constructed and installed. In general, it is advisable to have the consultant liaise with your surveyor and engineer before the actual subdivision begins. This will ensure that the entire project is streamlined from the initial phase. You cannot opt to design the electrical setup in stages for financial savings, but it is advisable to always have, at least, a rough master plan for your entire subdivision.

When the design is completed, it must be submitted to the council for evaluation and approval. Then, your electrical design specialist will help you form an agreement with the power distribution company for the installation of the required infrastructure. If you are uncertain about any aspect of the process, discuss your concerns with a Energex subdivisions consultant.