Section 6.500 - Procedure for Approval

6.510 PRELIMINARY PLAN: SUBMISSION AND APPROVAL

A preliminary plan of the proposed subdivision developed in accordance with the specifications set forth in Section 6.400 must be submitted to the Planning Director or Designated Administrative Agent. The plan must be accompanied by an application in duplicate signed by the owner or his duly authorized agent on application forms to be furnished by the Planning Director or Designated Administrative Agent. At the time of submission, the applicant will be advised as to the number of copies of the plan and related data required in Section 6.400. Application for preliminary plan approval shall be accompanied by the appropriate development review fee(s) as established by ordinance.

The Planning Director or Designee shall have twenty (20) working days to review and comment on the initial preliminary plan. If subsequent corrections or changes to the initial preliminary plan are necessary, the reviewer shall have fifteen (15) working days to review any revised plan. The preliminary plan time limits listed above do not apply to plans for which no sketch plan has been submitted, nor to plans which contain any proposed school, park, greenway, or other public facility for which reservation is required. The applicant may consent to an extension of any of the time limits. Upon determination by the Planning Director or Designee and Town Engineering Department, or such other engineering agent designated by the Town Board to review Subdivision Plans, that the preliminary plan is complete, correct, and in compliance with Section 6.200 as submitted, or has been resubmitted and found complete and correct, the plan is eligible for approval.

Administrative decisions to deny approval of a preliminary plan may be appealed in accordance with Section 4.000.

6.520 EXCEPTIONS: WHEN PRELIMINARY PLAN NOT REQUIRED

The required preliminary plan may be waived by the Planning Director or Designee for subdivisions defined as Minor Subdivisions or divisions of land qualifying for Expedited Subdivision Review in Section 2.100 of these regulations provided:

1. A plat of the tract being subdivided, accompanied by two (2) applications signed by the owner or his duly authorized agent has been filed with the Planning Director or Designee, and the required fee submitted; and

2. The subdivider, has provided topographic information to determine flood elevations whenever the property proposed to be subdivided, or re-subdivided, is traversed by or adjacent to a known watercourse.

The required preliminary plan may also be waived by the Planning Director for those subdivisions, including Limited Subdivisions, which do not involve the dedication of a new street, or site designated for a future public facility.

However, a final plat must be prepared and recorded as provided in Section 6.600.

6.530 EFFECT OF APPROVAL OF PRELIMINARY PLAN

An approved preliminary plan will be valid for a period of two (2) years from the date of approval.  If no work in furtherance of the plan except grading on the site has commenced within the two-year period, the preliminary plan approval will become null and void and a new application will be required to develop the site.  If work on the site in furtherance of the plan has commenced, and such work involves any utility installations or street improvements except grading, the plan will remain valid and in force. 

6.540 RELEASE OF GRADING PERMIT

Preliminary Plan approval is required for the issuance of a grading permit for any grading work on the site for the installation of any improvements in furtherance of the development. Once the preliminary plan is approved, further approvals under this provision are not required for grading permits for individual sites within the development, so long as grading conforms to the approved Preliminary Plan.

6.550 FINAL PLAT: SUBMISSION AND APPROVAL

Upon approval of the preliminary subdivision plan, the subdivider may proceed to comply with the other requirements of this ordinance, and the preparation of the final subdivision plat. The final plat may include all or only a portion of the subdivision as proposed and approved on the preliminary subdivision plan, provided that all required improvements to any existing or new streets shown on the preliminary plan within the boundaries of the final plat have been provided for or been assured by the posting of a surety as provided for in Section 8.400.3 prior to any final plat approval.

For Limited Subdivisions, the owner shall be required to plat only the parcel to be transferred or leased and only that parcel shall be subject to the requirements of this ordinance.

The final plat must be developed in accordance with the specifications set forth in Section 6.600. The official plat or plats, together with copies thereof sufficient for distribution, shall be presented for approval to the Planning Director or Designated Administrative Agent for review. The plat shall be accompanied by an application for final plat approval, submitted in duplicate, and signed by the owner and/or his duly authorized agent. The reviewer shall have fifteen (15) working days to review and comment on the final plat.

The subdivided must address all Staff comments prior to resubmitting a revised final plat for approval.

If subsequent corrections or changes to a revised final plat are necessary, the reviewer shall have fifteen (15) working days to review any revised final plat.

The Planning Director, or Designated Administrative Agent, shall recommend approval or disapproval of the final plat. The Planning Director or the Planning Director’s Designee shall prepare a written decision setting forth findings concerning the plat’s compliance with applicable regulations. Notice of the decision to approve or deny a final plat shall be provided in accordance with N.C.G.S. § 160D-403.  Administrative decisions to deny approval of a final plat may be appealed in accordance with Section 4.000.   

Upon approval, the final plat will be noted approved and made available to the applicant for recordation in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, which such Register of Deeds is authorized to accept the plat for recordation.

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