Local governments such as cities and counties are responsible for creating local subdivision regulations, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. State laws such as the Wisconsin Statutes and the Maryland Annotated Code grant this authority to local governments, explains the university and the city website of Cumberland, Maryland.
The primary functions of local subdivision regulations are to govern the separation of land into development-ready lots and ensure the development of appropriate supporting infrastructure such as streets and utility infrastructure, according to the Cumberland website.
While zoning laws also regulate property usage, local subdivision regulations address the quality of development, explains the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Developers may record plats of land only after they've met specific conditions.