§ 156.041  CLASSIFICATION OF SUBDIVISIONS AND ADDITION AS MINOR OR MAJOR.
   (A)   Before any land is platted, the property owner shall apply for and secure approval of the proposed subdivision plat or addition plat in accordance with the following procedures, unless otherwise provided by these regulations. Subdivisions are classified as major or minor depending on the number of lots proposed and the extent of public improvements required.
      (1)   Minor subdivisions shall create no more than four lots and do not require the creation of a new street or the extension of municipal facilities. Minor subdivisions may be approved for residential and nonresidential properties. Conveyance plats may be approved under the procedure for minor subdivisions provided that they establish no more than four lots and do not create a new street or extend municipal facilities. Minor plat approval requires the submission of a final plat as described under these regulations, or the submission of a conveyance plat as described under these regulations. The Community Development Director may approve minor plats or refer them to the Planning Commission for their action.
      (2)   Major subdivisions involve the creation of new streets, the extension of municipal facilities or the creation of more than four lots. Major subdivisions may be approved for residential and nonresidential properties. Conveyance plats are considered major subdivisions if they create more than four lots or involve the creation of new streets or the extension of municipal facilities. The procedure for approving a major plat typically requires three steps: sketch plat, preliminary plat, and final plat. Sketch plats require approval by the Planning Commission. The sketch plat requirement may be omitted if the subdivision creates no more than one new street and the Community Development Director determines that sufficient information exist to begin preparation of a preliminary plat. A concept plan or preliminary site plan that contains sufficient information to provide for the proper coordination of the development may be required for nonresidential property.
   (B)   Except as otherwise permitted, the Planning Commission's approval of a preliminary plat is required prior to the construction of public improvements to the property. The preliminary plat and the associated engineering plans for the property may be amended during construction, with only major changes requiring reapproval by the Planning Commission.
   (C)   Upon completion of the required public improvements, or the provision of a subdivision improvement agreement described in these regulations, the owner may submit a corrected final plat for the subdivision. Lots may be sold and building permits obtained after approval of the plat by the Planning Commission, and filing of the signed plat. The preliminary plat process may be omitted if the owner enters into a subdivision improvement agreement with the city and provides sufficient surety for all proposed public improvements. If the preliminary plat process is omitted, engineering plans must be submitted in conjunction with the final plat.
(Ord. 1573, passed 11-13-07)