Subdivision Approval

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The Major Subdivision Development Process has several steps that are based on the size and construction phasing of the proposed project.  See Subdivision Instructions for a printable handout.

Pre-application Conference and Sketch Plan

A pre-application conference is mandatory for any major subdivision project of 50 lots or more, and is recommended for other projects. When you contact the City to set up the pre-application conference, you should be prepared to deliver to the Permit Application Center (PAC) a sketch plan of the proposed project showing its location and conceptual lot layout to allow staff to better prepare to provide guidance and answer questions. To set up a pre-application conference, please call Melody Kearse at 803-329-7088.

Preliminary Plat

The Preliminary Plat establishes the general layout and design for the subdivision, in order to determine whether the basic standards for public improvements and subdivision configuration can be met. The preliminary plat is reviewed by the staff, and then referred to the Planning Commission for their review and decision on the application.

Detailed Construction Plans

Once your Preliminary Plat has been approved, you are ready to file for approval of your Detailed Construction Plans. These plans are engineered drawings depicting the precise design, location, and profile of all public facilities proposed for development of the subdivision, including, things such as streets, sidewalks, pathways and trails, water lines, fire hydrants, sewer lines, storm drains, and locations of conduit crossings for private utilities. These drawings are reviewed and approved at the staff level, based on conformance with the Preliminary Plat and the City’s subdivision design and construction standards. No grading or construction can take place until these plans have been approved. 

Final Plat

The Final Plat drawing becomes the official recorded document used to reference future transfers of land in a subdivision. It includes all dimensions, easements, notes, conditions and other information relevant to the sale and ownership of the lots in the project. The final plat is submitted after substantial completion of the construction of the public improvements and other required features of the project, and will not receive final approval until all required construction is inspected and approved. Alternatively, a final plat may be approved after the submittal of an acceptable financial guarantee, in lieu of the completion of the final lift of asphalt or sidewalks in front of lots.

Two Year Maintenance Warranty Period

After completion of the public improvements and recording of the Final Plat, there is a required two year maintenance warranty period on the improvements. After the two year period, the City will inspect the public improvements and if satisfactory, they will be accepted for City maintenance.

Related Information:
Crime Prevention Checklists
Major Subdivision Overview of Process
Subdivision Instructions

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