The first official step in the subdivision process consists of reviewing a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision. A Preliminary Plan ensures that adequate public facilities are available, or will be available in the future, to serve a proposed development. Determination of adequacy is made for park facilities, environmental impacts, transportation facilities (vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle), fire and rescue facilities, police facilities, public water, and sewer facilities. The subdivision analysis also includes evaluation of the design criteria set forth in the Subdivision Regulations, Zoning Ordinance, and applicable master plans. The Planning Board or Planning Director determines adequacy based on an analysis of information generated by staff, submitted by the applicant, and/or submitted by the agencies responsible for building required facilities or supplying the necessary services.
Pre-Application Conference: Optional under current Subdivision Regulations. Required for major subdivisions and optional for minor subdivisions under new Subdivision Regulations.
Pre-Application Neighborhood Meeting: Optional under current Subdivision Regulations. Required for major subdivisions and optional for minor subdivisions under new Subdivision Regulations.
Subdivision and Development Review Committee (SDRC): Preliminary Plans are reviewed at an SDRC meeting within 4 weeks of acceptance under the current Subdivision Regulations and within 14 days of acceptance under the new Subdivision Regulations.
Decision-Making Body: Major Preliminary Plans are ruled upon by the Planning Board. Minor Preliminary Plans are ruled upon by the Planning Director or Planning Board.
1–9 lots or Dwelling Units (DUs)
10–49 lots or DUs
|$1,000 plus $25 per lot and parcel or DU|
50 or more lots or DUs
|$2,000 plus $25 per lot and parcel or DU|
1 acre or less
More than 4 acres
|$2,500 plus $75 per acre|
More than 100 acres
|$2,500 plus $75 per acre up to 100 acres, plus $50 per each additional acre|
|Mixed-Use Fees (including a residential component):||$2,500 plus $125 per acre up to 100 acres, plus $50 per each additional acre|
|Validity Extensions Request Fees:||$250|
Public Notice Requirement: Public notice of Planning Board Hearings are satisfied by mailings to adjoining property owners and parties of record and by posting signs with notice of public hearing 30 days prior.
Estimated Review Time: 70-140 days
Important and Required Documents
Application Forms and Filing Instructions
- Pre-Application Online Form
- Application Form
- Preliminary Plan Submission Procedure
- Preliminary Plan Checklist
- Preliminary Plan Flowchart
- Statement of Justification Example
Parks and Recreation Documents
Public Notice Requirements
Relevant Development Review Bulletins