City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17G
Chapter 17G.080
Section 17G.080.050

Title 17G Administration and Procedures

Chapter 17G.080 Subdivisions

Section 17G.080.050 Subdivisions
  1. Predevelopment Meeting.

A predevelopment meeting is recommended for any preliminary subdivision proposal. The purpose of a predevelopment meeting is to acquaint the applicant with the applicable provision of this chapter, minimum submission requirements and other plans or regulations, which may impact the proposal.

  1. Community Meeting and Public Notice.

Prior to submittal of the application, the applicant shall conduct a community meeting. The applicant shall hold the community meeting no more than one hundred twenty days prior to the submittal of the application. The notice and format of the meeting shall be in accordance with chapter 17G.060 SMC.

All public notice of the application shall be given in accordance with the procedures set forth in chapter 17G.060 SMC for a Type III application.

  1. Preliminary Plat Application and Map Requirements.
    1. Application Requirements.

Applications for approval of a preliminary plat shall be filed with the director. All applications shall be submitted on forms provided for such purpose by the department. The director may waive specific submittal requirements determined to be unnecessary for review of the application. The application shall be same in form and content as a short plat as provided in SMC 17G.080.040(B)(1).

    1. Contents of Preliminary Plat Map.

The preliminary plat shall be prepared by a land surveyor and shall be the same in form and content as a short plat as provided in SMC 17G.080.040(B)(2).

  1. Review of Preliminary Plat.

The application shall be reviewed in accordance with the procedures set forth in chapter 17G.060 SMC for a Type III application.

  1. Preliminary Plat Approval Criteria.

Prior to approval of a plat application, the hearing examiner shall find the application to be in the public use and interest, conform to applicable land use controls and the comprehensive plan of the City, and the approval criteria set forth in chapter 17G.060 SMC. The hearing examiner has the authority to approve or disapprove a proposed preliminary plat under the provisions of this chapter, subject to appeal as provided in chapter 17G.060 SMC.

  1. Phasing.

A subdivision may be developed in phases. A master phasing plan should be submitted with the preliminary plat for approval by the hearing examiner. A preliminary plat that has received preliminary approval may be subsequently modified to be developed in phases, subject to approval of the director. The master phasing plan may be approved provided:

    1. the phasing plan includes all land identified within the boundary of the plat;
    1. the sequence of the phased development is identified on the plan;
    1. each phase has reasonable public or private infrastructure to support the number of lots contained in that phase;
    1. each phase constitutes an independent planning unit with facilities, adequate circulation, and any requirements established for the entire plat;
    1. any unfinalized portion meets the minimum lot size of the underlying zone for the proposed use; and the director of engineering services approves the necessary documents so that all road improvement requirements are assured for that phase; and
    1. blocks are wholly contained within any individual phase.
  1. Final Plat Review Procedure.

The final plat procedures shall be the same in form as the short plat review procedure as provided in SMC 17G.080.040.

  1. Final Plat Map Requirements.

The subdivider shall submit to the director a final plat in the same form and with the same content as the preliminary plat, with the following exceptions or additional requirements:

    1. A final plat shall contain all the information required of the preliminary plat, except the following:
      1. Show existing buildings.
      1. Show existing utility lines and underground structures.
      1. Show the topographical elevations; or
      1. Contain the names and addresses of adjoining landowners.
    1. The final plat shall include the signatory statements as prescribed in SMC 17G.080.040(G)(2) including the following:
      1. The certification of the hearing examiner, on behalf of the city council, as follows:

“This plat has been reviewed on this _____ day of ______, 20__ and is found to be in full compliance with all the conditions of approval stipulated in the Hearing Examiner’s approval of preliminary plat # -PP/PUD.


Hearing Examiner”

  1. Filing.

Once the final plat has been reviewed, approved and signed by the applicable departments, the applicant shall file the final plat with the county auditor within ten days of approval. No permits shall be issued for a proposed lot until the required conformed copies of the plat have been submitted to the planning services department.

Date Passed: Monday, July 23, 2012

Effective Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012

ORD C34889 Section 5