§ 155.056  PRELIMINARY SUBDIVISION PLAN.
   (A)   Required. A preliminary plan shall be submitted to the Bureau. The preliminary plan shall address all review agency comments on the concept plan.
   (B)   Off conveyance lot.  If an owner of land being subdivided proposes to create an off conveyance lot, the proposed off conveyance shall be shown on the preliminary subdivision plan. If lots or tracts other than those indicated on the approved preliminary plan are intended to be off conveyances, a revised preliminary plan shall be submitted to the Planning Commission for its review and approval prior to transfer of the lots or tracts.
   (C)   Plan information.  Information shown on the preliminary subdivision plan shall include all requirements, as indicated in the Manual, or as may be required by the Bureau or the Planning Commission.
   (D)   Certificate.  The preliminary plan shall be accompanied by a certificate of title prepared and signed by an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland and in a format approved by the county verifying that the owners hold good and merchantable title and describing any encumbrances or liens on the property or restrictions of title.
   (E)   Approval process.
      (1)   The Bureau shall submit its findings and recommendations, together with those of the other review agencies concerned with the subdivision of land, to the Planning Commission.
      (2)   In accordance with this chapter, the Planning Commission shall approve or disapprove the preliminary subdivision plan or may approve it with modifications or conditions. If approval with modifications or conditions is the action of the Planning Commission, a statement in writing shall be furnished by the Planning Commission to the developer indicating the provisions with which the development shall comply.
      (3)   The Chair of the Planning Commission may approve minor subdivisions on behalf of the Planning Commission.
      (4)   If the preliminary subdivision plan is disapproved, the Planning Commission shall notify the developer in writing of the reasons for the disapproval.
      (5)   Planning Commission approval of a preliminary subdivision plan constitutes Planning Commission approval of a preliminary subdivision plan only and does not guarantee any further approval.
      (6)   Certification provisions for the adequacy of public facilities in accordance with §§ 150.01 through 150.06 shall be met at this time.
   (F)   Sunset provision.
      (1)   Time frame.  A preliminary plan of subdivision shall become void 24 months after the date of Planning Commission approval or as otherwise specified by the Planning Commission, unless such plan has received final approval by the Planning Commission and been recorded as a plat in the Land Records of Carroll County prior to the date specified by the Planning Commission.
      (2)   Final approval.  A preliminary plan of subdivision which was approved by the Planning Commission prior to July 22, 2003, shall become void 24 months after July 22, 2003 or as otherwise specified by the Planning Commission, unless such plan has received final approval by the Planning Commission and been recorded as a plat in the Land Records of Carroll County.
      (3)   Preliminary approval.  If a plan of subdivision has not received preliminary plan approval by the Planning Commission prior to July 22, 2003, the subdivision shall meet all applicable regulatory requirements currently in effect and be subject to all review processes, including but not limited to public involvement conducted during at least one TRC meeting. If a plan of subdivision becomes void in accordance with division (F)(1) or (F)(2) above, the subdivision shall meet all applicable regulatory requirements currently in effect and be subject to all review processes, including but not limited to public involvement during at least one TRC meeting, at the time of resubmission of the plan.
      (4)   Extensions.
         (a)   Requests for extension.  The Director may extend the time to obtain final approval or for recordation of the subdivision plat for successive one year periods provided there have been no changes in state or county laws, ordinances, or regulations which may affect the project. If the Director denies a request for extension or determines that there have been changes in state or county laws, ordinances, or regulations which may affect the project, then the Planning Commission shall determine whether and to what extent an extension may be granted.
         (b)   Appeals.  The Director's denial of a request for extension or determination does not constitute an order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official for the purposes of § 158.133, If an extension request is denied by the Director, the request may be presented to the Planning Commission and a decision of the Planning Commission may be appealed to the BZA in accordance with § 158.133.
   (G)   Roadway dedication.  Required dedication of land for roadway widening along existing public roads shall be made for the length of the subdivided lots in the A District. Required dedication of land for roadway widening along existing public roads shall be made for the length of the original parcel being subdivided, in all other districts. The dedication shall be 30 feet from the centerline of an existing county road, unless modified by the Planning Commission.
   (H)   Remaining portions.  The developer shall not be required to plat remaining portions. All remaining portions shall, unless part of the subdivision plat, be depicted on an insert sketch as part of the notes on the subdivision plat.
   (I)   One at a time.  Only one preliminary plan of subdivision may be accepted for review on any parcel at one time. Revised plans accepted by the Bureau shall supersede any previous submission of a plan.
(Ord. 2019-07, passed 12-12-2019)