A preliminary plat shall be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Board at least 14 days before the next Planning and Zoning Board meeting, for every subdivision of land which is located within the territorial jurisdiction established by § 156.05. This will allow 10 days for review of the preliminary plat before the regularly scheduled meeting.
   (A)   Number of copies and graphic media. 12 copies of the preliminary plat shall be submitted. No specific graphic media must be employed. Three copies shall be disposed of as provided under subdivision (G) of this section; other copies shall be distributed for review as provided in subdivision (F) of this section.
   (B)   Size of plat and scale. No specific size requirements apply to preliminary plats. Preliminary plats may be prepared at a scale of 1" = 100', or greater.
   (C)   Administrative fees. No administrative fees shall be charged in connection with the submission of preliminary plats.
   (D)   Certification required. No certifications must be provided in connection with the submission of preliminary plats. (See § 156.25 regarding approval of utilities.)
   (E)   Contents required. The preliminary plat shall depict or contain the following information. Plats not illustrating or containing the following data shall be returned to the subdivider or his authorized agent for completion and resubmission.
      (1)   The proposed name of the subdivision;
      (2)   A sketch vicinity map showing the relationship between the proposed subdivision and the surrounding area at a scale of one inch equals 400 feet;
      (3)   The boundaries of the tract or portion thereof to be subdivided, distinctly and accurately represented, with all bearings and distances shown;
      (4)   Scale denoted both graphically and numerically;
      (5)   North arrow and declination;
      (6)   The plans for proposed utility layouts, including sanitary sewers, storm sewers, water distribution lines, natural gas, telephone and electric service, illustrating connections to existing systems. Plans for water supply and/or sewage disposal must be accompanied by letters of preliminary approval by the appropriate county and state authorities (see Appendix I). Plans must show line sizes, the location of fire hydrants, blow-offs, manholes, pumps, force mains, and gate valves, and shall include profiles based upon Mean Sea Level datum for sanitary sewers and storm sewers;
      (7)   Proposed street names;
      (8)   The zoning classification(s) of the tract to be subdivided and adjoining properties;
      (9)   Proposed location and size of parks, or other recreational or open spaces, if any, and their future ownership (dedication for public use to governmental body, for owners to duly constituted homeowners or community association, or for tenants in subdivider's ownership);
      (10)   Site calculations, including:
         (a)   Acreage in total tract to be subdivided;
         (b)   Acreage in parks and other nonresidential use;
         (c)   Total number of parcels created;
         (d)   Linear feet in streets.
      (11)   Proposed minimum building setback lines;
      (12)   The names of any adjoining subdivisions of record (or proposed and under review);
      (13)   Any proposed riding trails, natural buffers, pedestrian, bicycle, or other rights-of-way, utility or other easements, their location, width, and purposes;
      (14)   Proposed streets, existing and platted streets on adjoining properties and in the proposed subdivision, rights-of-way, pavement widths, approximate grades, design engineering data for all corners and curves, and typical street cross sections. If any street is proposed to intersect with a state maintained road, the plat shall be accompanied by an application for driveway approval as required by the Department of Transportation, Division of Highways' Manual on Driveway Regulations;
      (15)   Existing and proposed property lines, both on the tract to be subdivided and on adjoining properties, buildings, or other structures, water courses, bridges, culverts, storm drains, both on the land to be subdivided and on the land immediately adjoining; corporate limits, township boundaries, and county lines;
      (16)   Proposed lot lines, block letters and lot numbers, and approximate dimensions;
      (17)   The location of all marshes, water, water courses, ditches, drainage channels, and sub-surface drainage structures, and the proposed method of disposing of all runoff from the proposed subdivision, and the location and size of all drainage easements and structures relating thereto, whether they are located within or outside the proposed plat.
      (18)   The preliminary plat shall be accompanied by a copy of any proposed deed restrictions or similar covenants (mandatory when private recreation areas are established);
      (19)   Date of plat preparation;
      (20)   The name(s) of the township(s), county and state in which the subdivision is located;
      (21)   The name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the owner(s), registered surveyor(s), and land planner(s), architect(s), landscape architect(s), and professional engineer(s) responsible for the subdivision.
      (22)   Environmental impact statement. Pursuant to G.S. Chapter 113A and the Town Ordinance Requiring Environmental Impact Statement adopted July 11, 1972, the Planning and Zoning Board shall require the subdivider to submit an environmental impact statement with his preliminary plat if:
         (a)   The development exceeds two acres in area; and
         (b)   If the Board deems it necessary due to the nature of the land to be subdivided or peculiarities in the proposed layout;
      (23)   Any other information considered by either the subdivider or the Planning and Zoning Board to be pertinent to the review of the preliminary plat; i.e., topographic map showing vertical contours every two feet.
      (24)   Lands subject to flooding from rivers or storms as defined and mapped by the Federal Insurance Administration shall be so identified on the preliminary plat.
   (F)   Review procedure. The Planning and Zoning Board shall review and take action on each preliminary plat within 35 days after first consideration by the Planning and Zoning Board. First consideration shall be at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board that follows at least 14 days after the plat is submitted.
   (G)   Disposition of copies.
      (1)   If the plat is approved, approval shall be noted on at least three copies of the plat by the Planning and Zoning Board Secretary. One copy shall be transmitted to the Town Clerk who shall retain it for public examination, one copy shall be returned to the subdivider and one copy shall be retained by the Planning and Zoning Board.
      (2)   If the preliminary plat is disapproved, the Planning and Zoning Board shall specify the reasons for such action in writing. One copy of such reasons shall be retained by the Planning and Zoning Board, one copy shall be given to the subdivider, and one copy shall be transmitted to the Town Clerk. If the preliminary plat is disapproved, the subdivision may make the recommended changes and submit a revised preliminary plat or appeal the decision to the Board of Commissioners.
(Ord. 98-19, passed 9-28-98) Penalty, see § 156.99