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Ten Questions About Subdivision (Platting)

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General Information

Effective January 2018, Application submissions are accepted by the Planning Department on or before the last Tuesday of each month. The applicant should consult with the Planning Department before filing an application to discuss the feasibility of the request and any additional requirements.

Platting is the process by which land is subdivided. The plat review process is intended to determine if the subdivision layout is in compliance with the city's development standards by providing adequate street and alley rights-of-way, utility easements and other necessary items to serve the proposed development. To ensure that the plat meets all of the requirements of the Subdivision Ordinance, consult with the Planning Department prior to preparing the submission.

A Final Plat or an Administrative Plat is required for the creation of a legal lot of record. An Administrative Plat allows approval of a minor plat through administrative action in certain circumstances without review and approval of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and as authorized under Section 212.0065 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Replats apply to previously platted property and are required to alter or create new lot lines, remove platted building lines and to remove fire lanes or easements from a recorded plat. State law requires that a public hearing be held for the consideration of a replat. Replats of single-family or duplex zoned property also require notification of all property owners in the original subdivision within 200 feet of the replat.

An Amending Plat is required to correct minor errors, as defined by state law, on a previously approved and filed plat.

A plat may be vacated (that is, dissolved) at any time before any lot is sold. However, if any of the lots within the subdivision have been sold, all owners of lots within such subdivision must sign the vacation plat if the entire plat or any part of the plat is to be vacated.

The plat approval process requires at least 30 days from the date of the application deadline, and requires approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission, with the exception of Administrative Plats, which are approved at staff level.

Application and Approval Process

PRELIMINARY PLATS

Application

The applicant must submit a completed application form, application fee, correct number of bluelines, and PMTs or Stats of the property being platted to the Planning Department. Mylar or acetate and photocopy reductions will not be accepted. Prior to the processing of an application, any delinquent property taxes must be paid.

Staff Review

The proposed plat is distributed to City departments for review to determine the plat's compliance with applicable City standards. After that review, City staff will make recommendations to the Planning & Zoning Commission based upon the plats compliance with applicable City standards.

Planning &
Zoning Commission

The Planning & Zoning Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The Commission may approve the preliminary plat (with or without staff recommendations) or deny the plat if it fails to comply with City standards. If the preliminary plat is approved, a blueline copy of the plat (complying with any modifications required by the Planning & Zoning Commission), must be submitted to the Planning Department. Approval of a preliminary plat is valid for one (1) year or the approved preliminary plat becomes invalid and must be re-approved.

Submitting a Final Plat

After the Planning & Zoning Commission approves the preliminary plat and the applicant submits the approved plat to the Planning Department, the applicant may submit an application for approval of a final plat.

FINAL PLATS

Application

The applicant must submit a completed application form, application fee, correct number of bluelines, and PMTs or Stats of the property being platted to the Planning Department. Mylar or acetate film and photocopy reductions will not be accepted. Prior to the processing of an application, any delinquent property taxes must be paid.

Staff Review

The proposed plat is distributed to City departments for review to determine the plats compliance with the applicable City standards. After that review, City staff will make recommendations to the Planning & Zoning Commission based on the plats compliance with City standards.

Planning & Zoning Commission

The Planning & Zoning Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The Commission may either approve the plat, with or without the staff recommendations, or deny the plat if it fails to comply with City standards. If the plat is approved, one blueline copy (complying with any modifications required by the Commission) must be submitted for review to the Planning Department. If the plat complies with the requirements of the Commissions approval, the applicant may submit the required number of signed copies with the appropriate county clerk (or clerks) for filing, returning two copies to the Planning department. 

Filing

The Planning Department will review the signed copies and forward them for signatures by the Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Director of Planning and the City Secretary. Upon receipt of the appropriate county recording fee and tax certificates, City staff will return the plat to the applicant to be recorded with the appropriate county clerk (or clerks). The plat must be recorded within six (6) months of the Commissions approval, or the approved plat becomes invalid and must be re-approved before it can be recorded. Two copies of the recorded plat are required to be returned to the Planning Department.

ADMINISTRATIVE PLATS

Application

The applicant must submit a completed application form, application fee, correct number of bluelines, and PMTs or Stats of the property being platted to the Planning Department. Mylar or acetate and photocopy reductions will not be accepted. Prior to the processing of an application, any delinquent property taxes must be paid.

Staff Review

The proposed administrative plat is distributed to City departments for review to determine the plats compliance with applicable City standards. After that review, City staff will provide the applicant with a list of modifications, if any, necessary for the plat to comply with City standards.

Director of Planning Approval

One blueline copy of the administrative plat, showing any modifications required to comply with City standards (if any), must be submitted for review to the Planning Department. If the administrative plat complies with the required standards, the Planning Department will review the signed copies and forward them to for the signature of the Director of Planning and City Secretary. The applicant may submit the required number of signed copies to the appropriate county clerk (or clerks) for recording, returning two copies to the Planning Department.

Filing

It is the responsibility of the applicant to file the plat with the appropriate county clerk (or clerks). The plat must be recorded within six (6) months of the Director's and City Secretary's signature, or the approved plat becomes invalid and must be re-approved before it can be recorded.

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