SUBDIVISON

What is a Subdivision?

For the purposes of these regulations, subdivision shall mean:
 

A. Division of any parcel of land shown as a unit or as contiguous units on the last preceding tax role into two or more parcels for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of transfer of ownership, when:

  1. Any one of such parcels after division is less than five acres; or

  2. The parcels created by the division are five acres or more and involve or create new streets or easements of access to an existing public dedicated street.

  3. The parcel or parcels so created involve a sale or exchange between adjoining owners and result in the creation of an additional building site.
     

B. The improvement of any one or more parcels of land for residential and commercial or industrial structures or groups of structures involving the division or allocation of land for the opening, widening, or extension of any street or streets, except private streets, serving industrial structures.
 

C. A division or allocation of land as open spaces for common use to owners, occupants, or leaseholders, or as easements for the extension and maintenance of public sewer, water, storm drainage, or other public facilities. There are two types of subdivisions; minor and major.

Wish to create a subdivision?


The Richland County Regional Planning Commission administers the Subdivision Regulations for Richland County, Ohio to assist those who wish to create a subdivision. These Regulations shall be applicable to all subdivision of land within the unincorporated area of Richland County except land within three (3) miles of the Corporation limits of those cities having jurisdiction over platting. A Jurisdiction Map is provided below.

The complete Subdivision Regulations and a simple flow chart are below to help you start the process. Determine the type of subdivision you wish to create and follow the required steps.

 

 

Minor Subdivision

 

Any parcel along an existing street not involving the opening, widening, or extension of any street or road, and involving no more than 5 lots after the original tract has been completely subdivided and provided that the same is not contrary to applicable platting, subdividing, zoning, health, sanitary or household sewage regulations is known as a minor subdivision.

  1. An “original tract’ within meaning of this section is a contiguous quantity of land held in common ownership which has not been platted by the existing owner or owners.

  2. “Completely subdivided” as used in this section means a tract which is divided into as many lots as the subdivider intends for that tract.

  3. The further division of an original tract which has been previously divided into 5 lots requires the replatting of the original plat.

For a complete and more detailed description of the Minor Subdivision Process, please refer to the Subdivision Regulations for Richland County, Ohio; Article III, Section 300.1. 

Major Subdivision


Any subdivision that does not meet the definition of a minor subdivision.

 

 

 

Major Subdivision Process

If you wish to create a major subdivision, you will need to follow these steps and submit all of the following documents: Major subdivisions will be reviewed and approved in 2 stages:

  1. Preliminary Plan Stage

  2. Final Plat Stage

Preliminary Stage

  1. Submission of an application for the Preliminary Plan Approval is required by the subdivider.

    • 2 copies of the Application for Preliminary Plan Approval

    • 7 copies of the Preliminary Plan prepared by a qualified, professional engineer of professional surveyor, along with a reproducible tracing

  2. The specific contents of this Preliminary Plan are identified in the Subdivision Regulations for Richland County, OH; Article III, Section 300.3.

  3. Upon determination by the RCRPC that the Preliminary Plan has been properly submitted in accordance with procedures and requirements, the Preliminary Plan shall be accepted and officially submitted and it shall be so dated.

  4. A copy of the Preliminary Plan will then be transmitted to the members of the Zoning and Subdivision Review Committee of the RCRPC for their review and recommendation. Review and recommendations will occur within 15 days from the date of transmission.

Final Stage

  1. After the Preliminary Plan has been approved, the subdivider will submit a Final Plat of the proposed subdivision and drawings and specifications of all improvements required therein.

  2. The following shall be submitted to the RCRPC for Final Subdivision Plat Approval

    • 2 copies of the Application for Final Plat Approval

    • 6 copies of the Final Subdivision Plat and reproducible tracing

    • 6 copies of Final Plat Improvement Drawings

    • 1 copy of protective covenants, if common property and/or improvements are part of the plat

    • 1 copy of performance guarantees approved by the County Prosecutor and reviewed by the County Engineer

    • A receipt indicating payment of Plat filing fees

    • Plan checking and field inspection fees

  3. The specific contents of the Final Subdivision Plat are identified in the Subdivision Regulations for Richland County, OH; Article III, Section 300.4.

  4. Review and recommendations will occur within 30 days from the date of transmission

  5. Approval of the Final Plat may be given 2 ways

    • Before Construction of Improvements

    • After Construction of Improvements

For a complete and more detailed description of the Major Subdivision Process, please refer to the Subdivision Regulations for Richland County, Ohio; Article III, Section 300.2.

Forms

Examples

Zoning Subdivision Landuse Committee

The Zoning Subdivision and Landuse Committee meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month there is business.  Complete applications for variances are due two weeks before the meeting inorder to be reviewed at a meeting.