Subdivision Applications & Checklists

The process of dividing raw land or re-subdividing parcels into development sites is known as subdividing or platting.  Few activities have a more lasting effect on the appearance and use of land.  Once the land has been subdivided and the streets and structures have been built, the basic physical character of a permanent addition to the community has been established.  The welfare of the community is thereby affected.  It is developed in accordance with sound rules and proper standards.  All subdivisions of land submitted for approval mu comply with Section 32 of the City Code.

The purpose of the Subdivision Ordinance is to:

  • Set design standards necessary to protect the public health, safety, morals, comfort, convenience and general welfare.
  • Preserve and protect wetlands, drainage areas, woodland and significant tree stands, ravines, blufflands and sloped areas.
  • Use natural drainage systems and when ponding areas are created, integrate these areas into subdivision landscape plans.
  • Encourage well-planned, efficient and attractive subdivisions by establishing standards for design and construction.
  • Provide for the health and safety of residents by requiring properly designed streets, sewage and water systems.
  • Secure the right of the people to access public lands and water.
  • Locate neighborhood parks and trail systems to provide convenient access between residential lots and parks, open space and other destinations in the community.
  • Provide for the coordinated planning of public facilities with land already developed and areas yet to develop.
  • Coordinate the subdivision design and provision of public facilities with adjacent land areas.
  • Ensure that improvements are paid for by those benefiting from their construction.