The Subdivision Section processes preliminary plans and final plats of subdivision, reservation and vacation plats. Subdivision approvals result in the creation of thousands of new lots per year. Preliminary plans are reviewed to ensure that adequate public facilities are available, or will be available in the future, to serve the proposed development. Final plats, reservation plats, and vacation petitions include all pertinent engineering data necessary to locate every street, lot, block, and boundary on the ground.
Conservation Sketch Plan
Conservation Sketch Plans are used to inventory and prioritize site features for conservation for a tract of land. Site features may include but are not limited to scenic, historic, environmental, and agricultural characteristics. A Conservation Sketch Plan is required as a prerequisite to filing a conservation subdivision.Link to page
The first official step in the subdivision process consists of reviewing a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision. A Preliminary Plan ensures that adequate public facilities are available, or will be available in the future, to serve a proposed development. Determination of adequacy is made for park facilities, environmental impacts, transportation facilities (vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle), fire and rescue facilities, police facilities, public water, and sewer facilities. The subdivision analysis also includes evaluation of the design criteria set forth in the Subdivision Regulations, Zoning Ordinance, and applicable master plans. The Planning Board or Planning Director determines adequacy based on an analysis of information generated by staff, submitted by the applicant, and/or submitted by the agencies responsible for building required facilities or supplying the necessary services.Link to page
In some cases, extraordinary hardship or practical difficulties may result from strict compliance with the Subdivision Regulations. In such cases, the Planning Board may approve an alternative proposal provided that certain findings are made, as stipulated in the Subdivision Regulations. Such alternative proposals are known as variations and should not be confused with Zoning variances. Variations are only filed as a companion request to a subdivision application requiring conformance to the Subdivision Regulations. Under the new Ordinance, applicants may request variations to lot depth, cemetery requirements, private streets and easements, and public utility easements.Link to page
Recorded plats of subdivision may be vacated (abandoned) upon petition by the owner of the property. Minor vacations are those that seek to vacate only unimproved roads and/or alleys provided there is no opposition from adjoining property owners. Major vacations are those that seek to vacate platted properties and/or improved roads and/or alleys.Link to page
Final Plats are the final detailed drawings (to scale) of a tract of land, depicting the proposed division of the tract into lots or parcels, blocks, streets, or other areas within a proposed subdivision. Final Plats include all pertinent engineering data necessary to locate every street, lot, block, and boundary line on the ground. Final Plats must conform with the approved Preliminary Plan of Subdivision and Detailed Site Plan, if applicable.Link to page