Chapter 12-3: PLATTING AND SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS

DIVISION 3.  PLATTING AND SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS

 

Sec. 12.3.1   Purpose

No plat of lands lying within the Town of Hillsboro Beach may be recorded in the official Records of Broward County prior to approval by the Town Commis­sion. It is the purpose of this Division to establish procedures and require­ments for obtaining Town Commission approval of a plat of land located within the Town limits.

Sec. 12.3.2   General Provisions

(a)        Filing of preliminary plat. At least forty-five (45) days prior to fil­ing an application for final plat approval from the Town Commission, the applicant shall file an application for preliminary plat review pursuant to the procedures of this Division.

(b)        Notice to Other Agencies. A copy of any written comments, reports or recommendations resulting from reviews conducted pursuant to this sub­section shall be promptly forwarded to appropriate agencies and or Bro­ward County by the DRO.

(c)        Compliance with Comprehensive Plan. An application for final plat ap­proval shall comply with the applicable provisions of the elements of the Town's Comprehensive Plan.

Sec. 12.3.3      Mandatory Preliminary Plat Review

Prior to filing an application for final plat approval, an applicant shall file an application for preliminary plat review.

(a)        Procedures.

(1)        An application for preliminary plat review shall be filed and processed pursuant to Subsections 12.1.4 (a) through (d), and (f) and (g) of this Article.

(2)        Preliminary development review report. Within nine (9) working days of receiving the reviewing agencies' staff reports, the DRO shall prepare a preliminary development review report on the ap­plication. Such preliminary development review report shall be completed and available to the applicant at least two (2) working days prior to the Development Review Committee's review of the application.

(b)        Submission requirement. An application for preliminary plat review shall be accompanied by an application and a preliminary plat for development, the overall size of which shall be 24" x 36", drawn at a scale no smaller than 1" = 1' except when a smaller scale is approved by the Broward County Engineering Division, Plat Section, and which shows the following;

(1)        Proposed subdivision name or identifying title. Such name shall not be the same or in any way so similar to any name appearing on any recorded plat in Broward County as would confuse the records or mislead the public as to the identity of the subdivision, ex­cept when an existing subdivision is subdivided as an additional unit or section by the same developer or his successors in title.

(2)        A plat location sketch.

(3)        North arrow, scale and date.

(4)        Name of the owner of the property or the owner's authorized agent.

(5)        Name of the registered surveyor responsible for the plat.

(6)        Lots and blocks of adjacent recorded plats, giving plat book and page number along with names of such plats.

(7)        Plat limits with angles and distances. Plat limits must be clearly marked with a heavy line.

(8)        All existing watercourses, canals and bodies of water within or adjacent to the plat limits.

(9)        All existing streets and alleys on or adjacent to the tract, in­cluding name and right-of-way width.

(10)      The legal description of the property being platted.

(11)      All existing easements and rights-of-way within or adjacent to the plat limits and the purposes for which the easements or rights-of-way have been established, where known to the surveyor.

(12)      Location and width of all proposed ultimate rights-of-way, alleys, easements; proposed lot lines with dimensions, public areas, and parcels of land proposed or reserved for public use.

(13)      If the development abuts a trafficway, proposed points of access to the trafficway.

(14)      Access to a public right-of-way that will be utilized by the pro­posed development.

(c)        Committee review. Prior to issuance of the recommendation to proceed, the Development Review Committee shall review the application for pre­liminary plat review for conformity with the requirements for final plat approval of this Article and shall compile a list of those corrections and additions, if any, to the preliminary plat which must be made by the applicant in order to receive a recommendation to approve an application for final plat approval by the Development Review Committee.

(d)        Issuance of recommendation to proceed. Within fifty (50) calendar days from the acceptance of an application for preliminary plat review, the DRO shall issue to the applicant a recommendation to proceed with an application for final plat approval. The recommendation to proceed shall indicate those corrections and additions established by the Development Review Committee as necessary to receive a recommendation to approve an application for final plat approval.

(e)        Effect of recommendation to proceed.

(1)        A recommendation to proceed shall have full force and effect for a period of six (6) months from the date of the Development Review Committee meeting at which the preliminary plat was reviewed.

(2)        If an application for final plat approval is filed, based on a preliminary plat subject to an effective recommendation to pro­ceed, said application shall include the additions and corrections required by the recommendation to proceed or be deemed an incom­plete application for the purposes of Section 12.1.4 (a) of this Article.

(3)        An applicant may submit a written request for a two-month exten­sion of the effective six (6) month time period of the recommenda­tion to proceed issued for the preliminary plat pursuant to Sec­tion 12.3.3 (d). If a written request for an extension is not submitted prior to the expiration of the effective period, the recommendation to proceed shall have no force and effect. A com­plete application for final plat review shall be filed within the two (2) month extension period or the recommendation to proceed shall have no force or effect.

Sec. 12.3.4   Final Plat Approval: Procedural Requirements

(a)        Submission Requirements. An application for final plat approval shall include the following documents and be delivered to the DRO provided for in Section (f): The final plat linen, an original title certificate or an attorney's opinion of title, tax letter or receipt from the Broward County Revenue Collection Division for tax letter preparation, subdivi­sion plat filing form, plat review service charge form, review fee, and one blueprint of the plat. The final plat linen shall be an original drawing, prepared pursuant to Chapter 177, Florida Statutes, and con­taining original signatures. The overall size shall be 24” x 36”, with proper borders clear of all writing except for the space for plat book and page, and Office of Planning plat file number, drawn to a scale no smaller than 1” = 100’, except when a smaller scale is approved by the Broward County Engineering Division, Plat Section, and showing the fol­lowing additional information:

(1)        Space for signature of the chairman of the County Commission.

(2)        Space for signature of County administrator.

(3)        Space for Engineering Division Director's signature and seal.

(4)        Signature of designated municipal official except where the plat is within a compact deferral area. This requirement may be met before final plat approval.

(5)        Space for County Surveyor's signature and seal, if applicable.

(6)        Space for approval of Broward County Planning Council.

(7)        Plat location sketch.

(8)        The parcel encompassed by the legal description shown on the plat shall be clearly identified with a heavy line, dimensions and courses, with independent ties to two (2) or more land corners, or to a recorded subdivision, and one (1) land corner.

(9)        Space for plat book and page number outside the border in the upper right hand corner of each page.

(10)      Plat file number as assigned by the Broward County Office of Plan­ning, Development Management Division, outside the border in the lower right hand corner of each page.

(11)      Notes or legend and any tabular data or other data pertinent to the plat, on each page that contains the drawing.

(12)      Executed dedication and acknowledgement.

(13)      Executed mortgage approval and acknowledgement.

(14)      Adjacent streets.

(15)      All plat dimensions shall be shown accurate to one-hundredths of a foot, except for riparian boundaries, which may be shown as ap­proximate with a witness line showing complete dimension data. Rows of lots with the same dimensions may use ditto marks provid­ing the first and last lots in the row are appropriately dimen­sioned.

(16)      Computation of the square footage of each parcel of land and the acreage of the land proposed to be platted accurate to the nearest square foot. All survey and survey information shall be certified by a land surveyor licensed in the State of Florida.

(17)      At least two (2) benchmarks referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 or the Broward County Vertical Network in conformity with the standards adopted by the National Ocean Survey for Third Order Vertical Control. No benchmark shall be estab­lished purporting to be based on the National Geodetic Vertical Datum or the Broward County Vertical Network unless the benchmark is certified by a surveyor licensed in the State of Florida and such certification is shown on the plat. The benchmarks shall be of a permanent nature, easily accessible, located within, along or within two hundred (200') feet of the plat boundary and described by ties to the plat boundary. The plat shall list in the plat notes benchmarks were established. Only benchmarks established by federal, state, county or municipal governments shall be accept­able as the starting benchmark.

(18)      The plat shall be restricted to grid bearings or azimuths, state plane coordinates shown on all permanent reference monuments and all land ties where the plat lies within sections assigned state plane coordinates that have been recorded in the public records of Broward County. Coordinates may be tabulated when necessary for legibility, and must appear on each page that contains the draw­ing. State plane coordinates shall be derived from field measure­ments in conformity with the Minimum Technical Standard for Land Surveying pursuant to Chapter 21, Section 21HH-6, Florida Adminis­trative Code, adopted by the Florida Board of Land Surveyors, September 1, 1981.

(19)      A mathematical closure of the plat boundary shall not exceed three hundredths (.03) of a foot.

(20)      Copies of approved certified corner records shall be submitted to the County Land Surveyor prior to plat recordation unless approved certified corner records are on file with the State of Florida Department of Natural Resources pursuant to Chapter 177, Part III, Florida Statutes.

(21)      The Surveyor's Certificate shall state conformity with:

a)         Chapter 177, Florida Statutes

b)         National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) and National Ocean Survey Third Order Vertical Control Standards.

c)         Applicable sections of Chapter 21-HH-6, Florida Administra­tive Code.

(b)        An application for final plat approval shall be submitted to the DRO accompanied by a valid preliminary plat recommendation to proceed and receipts of acceptance from the Broward County Engineering Division and Broward County Environmental Quality Control Board.

(c)        Procedural Requirements.

(1)        An application for final plat approval shall be filed and proc­essed pursuant to Subsections 12.1.4 (a) (1), (f), (g) and (j) through (l) of this Article.

(2)        If a notice of incompleteness is sent, the applicant may resubmit the application with the additional data required, in which event the DRO shall review the resubmitted application in the manner provided in this subsection for the original application.

(3)        The applicant, by written authorization, may request that schedul­ing of the plat, as provided for in Section 12.1.4 (i) be de­ferred. At which time the DRO shall consider the application for final plat approval withdrawn. The application will not be for­warded to the Town Commission for approval until the applicant formally requests placement before the Commission.

(4)        Upon acceptance of the application for final plat approval, the DRO shall forward to the relevant reviewing agencies and depart­ments set out in Section 12.1.4 (b) of this Article, a copy of the application. The agencies shall prepare a staff report amending or affirming their comments on the preliminary plat application, and forward such staff report to the DRO within nine (9) working days of transmittal by the DRO of the application copy and accompanying material.

(5)        Within five (5) working days of acceptance of the application for final plat approval, the DRO shall forward to the applicant a determination as to whether the proposed plat falls within or creates a compact deferral area. This determination shall be made based upon the day on which the accepted application was received. A notification that a proposed plat falls within or creates a compact deferral area shall set forth the options available to the applicant as described in Section 12.1.4 (k).

(6)        Within six (6) working days of receipt of all the agency staff reports, the DRO shall prepare a written final Development Review Report with proposed findings and a recommendation. Within twenty-one (21) calendar days of acceptance of the application for final plat approval, the DRO shall forward to the applicant a notifica­tion of readiness, stating that the application is ready to be presented to the Town Commission.

Sec. 12.3.5   Final Plat Approval: Development Review Requirements

An application for final plat approval for lands within the Town shall comply with the Development Review Requirements as described in Division 2 of this Land Development Code. Town Commission approval on Final Plats is contingent on a satisfactory assessment of the criteria and level of service standards as detailed in Division 2 of the Land Development Code.