WHAT IS SUBDIVISION TENTATIVE MAP REVIEW?
A subdivision map is one of the processes used to subdivide real property into smaller lots. Typically, the subdivision map is used to create five (5) or more residential lots. This type of subdivision is normally associated with full urban improvements, which would include paved streets, curb, gutter and sidewalk, fire hydrants, street lights, comprehensive drainage system, water and sewer service, and other infrastructure found in urban areas.
There is no statutory limit to the number of lots that can be created by using the subdivision map process. However, each lot must meet the minimum lot size required by the City of Waterford General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and the land must be capable of supporting the proposed number of lots and the permitted land use.
Applicants for subdivision maps are typically “developers” (those who are in the business of developing residential properties). A significant investment is involved in gaining approval of, and constructing, a subdivision.
WHO REVIEWS SUBDIVISION TENTATIVE MAPS?
The Engineer’s Department staff of the City of Waterford will review minor projects that are straightforward in nature.
WHAT STEPS ARE NECESSARY TO OBTAIN SUBDIVISION TENTATIVE MAP APPROVAL?
Step 1 – Filing an Application
The first step is to submit an application to the Planning Department which will be forwarded to the Engineer’s Department. You also will need to pay the required fees then.
The application will be reviewed for completeness within thirty days. You will be notified if the application is found to be incomplete. Incomplete means that either all information required was not submitted or, some of that information was found inadequate. You will be told what information we need to make your application complete.
Step 2 – Environmental Review
Some Design Review applications need a preliminary environmental review by the case planner. The purpose of this review is to find out if the project will cause any adverse environmental impacts. You may be required to give us more information about traffic, noise, etc. After reviewing all the information, the case planner will make an environmental determination.
Staff Approval or Denial
For projects that staff can review and approve, the case planner will send your application to other departments and public agencies for their review. The case planner will decide whether to approve your project, approve it with conditions or deny your project. The case planner will notify you by letter of his/her action.