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What Is a Housing Plat and Why is It Important for New Home Construction?

Two excavators working on a housing plat by moving drainage tubing and piping.

A housing plat is an essential diagram of the subdivisions of a piece of land on which a construction company will build a project. It represents the land and shows its boundaries, the location of different properties, easements, streets, and parks. Preparing a plat map requires tremendous attention to detail. Swick and Son specialize in clearing land for housing plats after thoroughly considering all the aspects of the land.

Each plat diagram goes to the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval. The experts at the Commission review the map to ensure that the building permit doesn’t contain any errors. Once the Commission approves the diagram, it issues the building permit, and the construction company proceeds with the construction process.

Drainage pipes on a soon to be housing plat.

Regulatory bodies that check housing plats

As already mentioned, creating a plat map involves various factors, and it’s crucial to consider those factors in the diagram to reduce the chances of rejection from the Commission. In addition to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the plat map goes to several other departments before getting the final nod.

  • Comprehensive Subdivision Ordinance that governs the plat maps of properties in various cities.
  • Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance that provides information regarding the platting process and how to develop a plat map.
  • Planning and Zoning Commission that provides the final approval of the plat.

Types of plats

Typically you will see three types of plats for building new properties.

  • Preliminary plat – A preliminary plat is essential when dividing a piece of land into more than five subdivisions or two lots, each containing forty acres. This plat allows the Planning and Zoning Commission to overview the layouts of different subdivisions and street patterns to ensure that they comply with the respective city’s building requirements and laws. The document becomes a crucial piece of information that helps in building single-family homes.
  • Replats – Replats are necessary when you already have a platted land. Still, you want to add or edit a few lot lines, remove easements and fire lanes, or add platted building lines from the recorded plat. We send the replat to the Planning and Zoning Commission for further approval.
  • Administrative and final plat – This type of plat is for properties never platted before. It’s a comparatively minor plat that the local administrative body approves after considering the local government codes. The final plat goes to the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval.

Why is a housing plat map required?

Construction companies require a plat map for three reasons:

  • If it needs to work on a tract of land that has subdivisions.
  • When someone grants easement on your current property.
  • If the government decides to turn your property into one of the public access locations.

When you want a reliable and experienced team to clear land for a housing plat, you should call Swick and Son at 1-360-832-8116.

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