(A)   Submission. A pre-application conference may be requested by all subdividers prior to initial plat applications. Subdividers may contact the Plat Officer to arrange a pre-application conference. Subdividers may submit sketches or drawings at this stage with material sufficient to identify the tract and establish the relationship of the proposed development with surrounding area.
   (B)   Processing.
      (1)   Upon a request for a pre-application conference, the Plat Officer shall schedule the pre-application conference for the next meeting of the Plan Commission. All materials will be considered as submitted for informal discussion. Discussions will involve the proposals in compliance with these regulations, determination of the scope of the proposed subdivision, an outline of the procedures for the recording of plats, and general information exchanges.
      (2)   No approvals will result from this conference; however, the Plan Commission may make recommendations on the scope of the initial Plat application by the subdivider, continuity of the proposed street pattern with existing or proposed streets adjacent to the proposed subdivision, and other factors based on peculiarities of the area in which the subdivision is proposed.
   (C)   Review. Review of any material submitted by the subdivider during the informal discussion phase shall be made by the Plan Commission. Any sketch or drawing submitted shall be studied with regard to the best principles of land subdividing and development; to lot sizes and proportions; to existing and planned land uses; to topography and drainage; to provisions for recreation areas, public open space, schools, parks, and other public facilities; to design and location of streets; and to conformity with the continuity of existing street systems, walkways, and related matters.
   (D)   Inspection. The Plan Commission may make an inspection of the site to determine its relationship to and effect upon major thoroughfares, utility systems, and adjacent land uses (existing and planned) and ascertain the existence of any unusual problems; and shall determine:
      (1)   The conformity of the proposed development to existing zoning regulations, official road maps, and municipal development plans and policies;
      (2)   The effect of the proposed development upon schools, public open spaces, and other nearby community facilities; and
      (3)   The need for preparation and review of an area general plan prior to consideration of the preliminary plat.
(Ord. 97-7, passed 7-1-1997, § 4.6)