Subdivision Regulations

The development and subdivision of land, as they affect a city's quality of life, are activities for which regulation is a valid function of city government. The regulations contained within the 2012 Subdivision Ordinance are intended to protect the interests of the public and of private parties by granting certain rights and privileges.

The requirements of the 2012 Subdivision Ordinance are also intended to establish a fair and rational procedure for developing and subdividing land such that land will be developed in accordance with existing physical, social, economic and environmental conditions.

The Provisions of the Subdivision Ordinance are intended to implement the following objectives:

  • To protect and provide for the public health, safety and general welfare of the city.
  • To guide he future growth and development of the city in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan.
  • To provide for adequate light, air, and privacy, to ensure safety from fire, flood, and other danger, and to prevent overcrowding of the land and undue congestion of population.
  • To protect the character and social and economic stability of all parts of the City and to encourage the orderly and beneficial development of all parts of the city.
  • To protect and conserve the value of land throughout the city and the value of buildings and improvements upon the land, and to minimize the conflicts among the uses of land and buildings.
  • To guide public and private policy and action in order to provide adequate and efficient transportation systems, water and sewerage facilities, schools, parks, playgrounds, recreation and other public services and facilities.
  • To provide the most beneficial relationship between the uses of land and buildings, and the circulation of traffic throughout the city, having particular regard to the avoidance of congestion in the streets and highways, and the pedestrian traffic movements appropriate to the various uses of land and buildings, and to provide for the proper location and width or streets and building lines.
  • To establish reasonable standards of design and procedures for subdivisions and re-subdivisions, in order to further the orderly layout and use of land; and to ensure proper legal descriptions and monumenting of subdivided land.
  • To ensure that public facilities are available and will have a sufficient capacity to serve the proposed subdivision.
  • To prevent the pollution of air, streams, and ponds; to assure the adequacy of drainage facilities; to safeguard the water table; and to encourage the wise use and management of natural resources throughout the city in order to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the community and the value of the land.

Subdivision Regulations