Current Planning

Title 16 Subdivisions

Sketch Plan

Generally this is the initial step in subdividing property. Potential subdividers submit a sketch plan to the Board of County Commissioners prior to the submission of a preliminary plan. The sketch plan will enable the subdivider and the Board to render an informal preliminary review of the site plan for general issues and conditions which might affect the plan. The Board gives all sketch plan materials to the Planning Commission, which reviews them and returns the materials to the Board with its comments, suggestions, and recommendations. The Board reviews the materials and the report of the Planning Commission, and communicates its own comments, suggestions, and recommendations to the subdivider.

Preliminary Plan:

Subdividers submit required preliminary plan materials and supporting documents of a proposed subdivision to the Board of County Commissioners for approval prior to the submission of a final plat. Preliminary Plan materials include the map of the proposed subdivision, soils and geologic information, generalized storm drainage plans, proposed water supply and the proposed method for accommodating waste water disposal. The Board turns all preliminary plan materials over to the Planning Commission. In turn, the Planning Commission (Staff) distributes copies of the plans to various agencies for review and comments, suggestions, and recommendations. After receiving a response from the agencies, Staff prepares a written review for the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission reviews the proposal at a public hearing. The Board acts on the preliminary plan after receiving the recommendation of the Planning Commission and the Staff review at an official meeting of the Board.

Final Plat:

Final plats are submitted for subdivisions, which by definition is the division of land, lot, tract, or parcel into two or more lots, parcels, plats, or sites, or other divisions of land for the purpose of sale, lease, offer, or development, whether immediate or future. The final plat may be submitted for all or a portion of an area within an approved preliminary plan. The final plat is submitted to the Board of County Commissioners. The Board turns all final plat materials over to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission reviews the final plat submission for completeness and for conformity to the approved preliminary plan and any conditions upon which approval may have been made. The Planning Commission delivers its comments, suggestions, and recommendations regarding the final plat to the Board and to the subdivider. The Board acts on the final plat after receiving the recommendation of the Planning Commission and Staff review at an official meeting of the Board. If approved, the plat is recorded.

A parcel of land where the owner has intentions on building a residence for more than one family. Duplexes, tri-plexes, 4-plexes and apartments are included in this section. This request must be approved under this code.

Subdivision Exemption:

Land divisions may be "exempted" from subdivision regulations by State statute or through limited discretion of the Board of County Commissioners. A subdivision exemption is the division of land by two (2) different methods: statutory exemptions or discretionary exemptions.

See 17.04.040 Definitions. for definitions of Subdivision.

Plat Vacation:

Any plat or any part of a plat that has been duly recorded and approved by the Board may be vacated by the owner of the property by submitting a written application, documents, and a vacation plat to the County Zoning Administrator. The plat vacation is reviewed by the Planning Commission who makes recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for its review and action. The vacation plat, if approved, is filed and recorded in the County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Lot Line Rearrangement:

Minor rearrangement(s) of lot lines or alterations may be made to an approved or recorded plat subject to approval of the County Zoning Administrator provided such minor rearrangement or alteration will not involve more than five lots, result in any lot not being in compliance with the zone district standards, alter any easement, right-of-way, necessitate or modify public improvements, or adversely affect the character of the approved or recorded plat. The lot line rearrangement plat is recorded at the County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Lot Line Vacation:

Vacations of lot lines may be made to an approved or recorded plat subject to approval of the County Zoning Administrator provided such lot line vacations will not involve more than five lots, result in any lot not being in compliance with the zone district standards, alter any easement, right-of-way, necessitate or modify public improvements, or adversely affect the character of the approved or recorded plat. The lot line vacated plat is recorded at the County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

Vacation of public street, alley, easement of public way

An application may be filed to vacate a public street, alley, easement, or public way by an individual(s) with a vested interest. Before granting the vacation, the Board of County Commissioners must make certain findings. If the vacation is approved, the Board may reserve rights-of-way or easements for the continued and/or future use of utility lines, ditches, and canals. Upon approval of the vacation, a plat and deed(s) are recorded. The vacation of a public street/roadway/easement reverts ownership and use of the property to the adjoining landowners.

Road Name Changes:

Application is in the form of a Petition. The Board of County Commissioners takes action on a Petition for a Road Name Change.