Site Plans, Subdivisions, & Surveys

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What is a site plan?

Site plans are drawings that show how you plan to use land - including where buildings and parking lots would be located, where access would be provided to the street, and so forth. They are usually drawn by civil engineers.

City staff reviews site plans for smaller projects ("minor site plans") while the Planning Commission reviews site plans for larger ones, called major site plans, which involve multi-family residential projects of 25 units or more, and most commercial projects of 20,000 square feet or more.

It is usually best if the site plan review process actually starts with submitting an early sketch plan for review so that we can provide initial feedback about your proposed project before you get too far into the site plan design.

Learn more about the site plan review process here

Contact: For more information, contact Melody Kearse, Zoning Coordinator, at 803-329-7088.

What is a subdivision plat?

A subdivision plat divides land into smaller pieces or lots. A recombination plat combines smaller pieces of land into larger tracts. Both are usually drawn by civil engineers or registered land surveyors. 

City staff review subdivision plans for smaller projects ("minor subdivisions").

The Planning Commission reviews subdivision plans for larger projects ("major subdivisions", also called preliminary plats.). After the initial work is completed on the project, a final plat will need to be submitted and approved before any lots can be sold or building permits can be issued for the project.

Learn more about the subdivision review process here

Contact: For more information, contact Melody Kearse, Zoning Coordinator, at 803-329-7088.

What is a survey?

A survey of land shows its boundaries as well as the location of existing structures on it. They are drawn by registered surveyors.

Surveys must contain certain elements in order for the City to approve them for recording with the York County Register of Deeds' office, such as ownership blocks with signatures, raised seals from the surveyor, parcel numbers, assigned zoning districts, existing buildings, and existing property lines. Also required is the inclusion of state plane coordinates, which is explained further on the State Plane Coordinate Checklist

Contact: For more information, please contact Melody Kearse, Zoning Coordinator, at 803-329-7088.

Related Information:
Plan Review and Permitting Process Overview
Sketch Plan Application
Site Plan Application
Minor Subdivision Plat or Recombination Plat Application
Major Subdivision Application (for preliminary plats)
Subdivision Final Plat Checklist
State Plane Coordinate Checklist