(A)   Purpose. In order to safeguard the best interests of the City and to assist the subdivider in harmonizing his or her interests with those of the City at large, this subchapter is adopted so that the adherence to same will bring results beneficial to both parties. It is the purpose of this subchapter to make certain regulations and requirements for the platting of land pursuant to the authority contained in state statutes, which regulations the Council deems necessary for the health, safety and general welfare of the community.
   (B)   Scope. The rules, regulations and standards governing subdivision of land, as contained herein, shall apply to all land within the corporate limits of the City and any unincorporated territory in the county located within two miles of its limits, except where another incorporated municipality lies within four miles of the City, the jurisdictional limit shall be equidistant between the two incorporated municipalities.
   (C)   Approvals necessary for acceptance of subdivision plats. Before any plat shall be recorded or be of any validity, it shall be referred to the Planning Commission and approved by the Council as having fulfilled the requirements of this subchapter.
   (D)   Conditions for recording. No plat of any subdivision shall be entitled to record in the County Recorder’s office or have any validity until the plat thereof has been prepared, approved and acknowledged in the manner prescribed by this subchapter.
   (E)   Building permits. No building permits shall be considered for issuance by the City for the construction of any building, structure or improvement to the land or to any lot in a subdivision as defined herein, until all requirements of this subchapter have been complied with fully.
   (F)   Exceptions. When requesting a subdivision that does not meet the standards for § 154.187 of this chapter, if the following condition exists, the City Clerk-Treasurer shall bring the request to the attention of the Planning Commission and Council whereupon, the request shall be reviewed and the Council, following receipt of a recommendation from the Planning Commission, may exempt the subdivider from complying with any procedural requirements of this subchapter that are deemed inappropriate: as in the case of a request to divide a lot which is a part of a recorded plat where the division is to permit the adding of a parcel of land to an abutting lot or to create two lots and the newly created property line will not cause the other remaining portion of the lot or any structure to be in violation with this subchapter or this chapter.
   (G)   Conflict. Whenever there is a difference between minimum standards or dimensions specified herein and those contained in other official regulations, resolutions or City code provisions, the most restrictive standards shall apply.
(Ord. passed 3-20-2002, § 30.01)