Platting is the process of creating a “lot of record” with Buchanan County through the city’s subdivision process outlined in Chapter 26. This creates a recorded “plat” or map of a lot or lots showing important information like property lines, utility and access easements, drainage, etc. Platting a property requires working with a surveyor and submitting a plat document and application to the city for review. Platting can be considered one of the first steps in development of a property, along with zoning.
The City has two subdivision processes:
- A subdivision application can be considered administrative if the proposed subdivision does not have more than 3 lots, do not alter development or impact public services, do not require new street or alley right-of-way or other public dedication, has no significant increase in service requirements (or impact on maintaining existing services), or does not involve drainage improvements
- Application is reviewed by staff, who make the final decision of approval.
- Approved administrative subdivisions may be recorded with Buchanan County.
- Major subdivisions are any subdivision that does not meet the criteria of administrative subdivisions.
- The process is split into preliminary and final stages.
- Preliminary applications are reviewed by staff and placed on a Planning Commission agenda where the Planner provides a recommendation of approval, approval with conditions, or denial.
- The Planning Commission then provides a recommendation to City Council, where the item goes through two hearings.
- If approved, the final application may be submitted (at no extra cost) and the plat will go through two additional hearings in City Council.
- Approved final major subdivisions may be recorded with Buchanan County.
The Planning & Zoning division can provide more information about the platting process and requirements.