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How does the subdivision and land development approval process work?
Generally speaking, minor subdivisions reviews will go through a sketch review, and final review and approval. The process begins by submission of a plan and an application to the Department at the attention of Brian Lawrence. Upon sketch review, a review letter will be sent to the developer/owner, land surveyor/engineer, and municipality in which the plan is located. Once the letter is received it is the responsibility of the surveyor and/or developer to make adjustments to the plan, affix the required signatures, and finally submit the plan for final review and approval to the Department. Upon final approval, a $25.00 review fee is to be paid at the County Treasurer’s office and then finally recorded at the Recorder of Deeds’ office.

Major subdivisions and land development plans will go through a major subdivision review process that includes a sketch plan review (if necessary), a preliminary plan review, and a final review. Upon final approval, a $75.00 review fee is to be paid at the County Treasurer’s office and then finally recorded at the Recorder of Deeds’ office.

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1. What does the County Planning Department do?
2. Who handles building permits in the County?
3. How does the subdivision and land development approval process work?
4. Where can I find maps of the County?
5. Is there a County zoning ordinance?
6. Where can I find information about public sewage and on-lot septic systems?
7. What are flood insurance rate maps and how do they affect my property?