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Purpose: The preliminary plat process examines the major features and elements of a proposed plat. This process determines whether the plat conforms to this title and the Comprehensive Plan, and any conditions of approval.

A. Applicability

1. The Planning Commission must approve a preliminary plat before a final plat application is filed.

2. A preliminary plat is not considered a “plat” for purposes of K.S.A. 12-752. Instead, the preliminary plat is a preapplication process that is designed to ensure that that plat conforms to all applicable requirements of this title. The applicant may request that the City waive the preliminary plat process and proceed directly to the final plat process.

B. Initiation

1. An application for preliminary plat approval is filed with the Planning Official. Preapplication is required.

2. An applicant may substitute a preliminary development plan for a preliminary plat if the preliminary development plan contains all information required for preliminary plats as set forth in Chapter 18.94.

3. A neighborhood meeting is required (see Section 18.40.030)

Cross-Reference: 18.40.020 (Preapplication)

C. Completeness Review

See Section 18.40.040, Completeness Review.

D. Approval Criteria

The Approving Authority shall approve the preliminary plat if it finds that the following criteria are satisfied:

1. The proposed preliminary plat conforms to the requirements of Chapter 18.30, the applicable zoning district regulations and any other applicable provisions of the Municipal Code, subject only to acceptable rule exceptions.

2. The subdivision represents an overall development pattern that is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, Major Street Map, Access Management Plan, and applicable corridor studies and plans.

3. The plat contains a sound, well-conceived parcel and land subdivision layout which is consistent with good land planning and site engineering design principles.

4. The spacing and design of proposed curb cuts, driveway approaches and intersection locations is consistent with the Access Management Plan, good traffic engineering design and public safety considerations.

5. The plat conforms to any existing, unexpired and valid conditions of rezoning, special use permit or site development plan approval.

6. All submission requirements are satisfied.

E. Subsequent Applications

1. When a preliminary plat application is withdrawn or denied, the same application for the same property shall not be resubmitted for a period of one (1) year from the date of withdrawal or denial.

2. A new plat application showing major modifications and/or revisions to the withdrawn or denied plat application may be submitted at any time.

F. Scope of Approval

1. Approval of a preliminary plat does not constitute acceptance of the subdivision, but authorizes preparation of the final plat. No improvements shall take place in the subdivision prior to approval and recording of the final plat and submittal and approval of street, sanitary sewer, water line and storm sewer construction plans by the City Engineer.

2. Preliminary plat approval is effective for a period of two (2) years. Where a final plat for the subdivision is not submitted for approval within the two (2) year time period, the preliminary plat becomes null and void and the developer shall resubmit a new preliminary plat for approval subject to the then effective regulations.

3. When a preliminary plat containing a gross land area in excess of forty (40) acres is submitted for approval, the applicant may indicate the anticipated development or phasing pattern for final platting. The applicant may receive an extension of the one (1) year time limit for submission of the final plat if each phase is constructed in accordance with the original phasing plan and subsequent final plats comply with all applicable regulations at the time of final platting.

4. Any preliminary plat or preliminary development plan for a single-family subdivision in an existing RP-1 District approved prior to the effective date of this ordinance (June 17, 2014), where no final plat or plan has been approved, shall be considered expired and subject to a new application and the provisions of this ordinance.

G. Recordkeeping

A preliminary plat application is not recorded. The Planning Official will maintain a record of approved preliminary plats. The applicant must maintain a copy of the approved preliminary plat, including any attachments. (Ord. 17-52 §§ 25, 41, 2017; Ord. 16-20 § 4, 2016; Ord. 02-54 § 2, 2002)