The manner in which land is subdivided, how streets are designed and how the lots are laid out have a lasting effect on the physical character of the city. Streets, water, sewage and drainage systems must be of a safe, effective design and construction. Streets must be adequately sized to accommodate the maneuvering of emergency vehicles, and the future property owner must be guaranteed a parcel with facilities suited to its intended use.
Plat approval is divided into three (3) distinct phases: development concept plan, preliminary plat and final plat. A development concept plan is required when large pieces of property are developed in phases, or in areas under common ownership where comprehensive planning issues are identified. Preliminary plats provide a detailed layout of the subdivision with existing and proposed features. The preliminary plat is mutually beneficial to both the developer and the City in that it provides an opportunity for the developer to explore the feasibility of the project while allowing the City to provide initial direction on the availability of City services. Final plats are the final documents that are filed at the Bell County Courthouse.
Both the preliminary plat and final plat processes consist of five (5) major steps. The first is the submission of plats and Engineering Documents. Second is the review by the City of Harker Heights Site Development Review Committee. Third, either City staff or the Planning & Zoning Commission approves plats. Fourth is the construction of any required infrastructure. And fifth is the filing of the plat at the Bell County Courthouse.
Platting Process FAQs
The following addresses the most frequently asked questions regarding the platting process:
What is the first step in the platting process?
Prior to any application submittal, it is recommended that the subdivider request a meeting with Planning and Development staff to discuss the procedures, policies, specifications, and standards required by the City. The submission of a sketch plan, or concept plan, can save the subdivider time and expense during the approval process.
When is a Development Concept Plan required?
It is required when large pieces of property are developed in phases, or in areas under common ownership.
Do all plats require P&Z approval?
No, P&Z approval is not necessary for amending minor plats and subdivisions 4 lots or less, and no new streets or public infrastructure is required. These plats are approved in-house by Director of Planning and development.
How do I get a plat prepared?
You will need to enlist the services of a licensed professional surveyor. A licensed professional engineer will also be needed if you have public infrastructure required. You can locate a professional engineer or surveyor by contacting the Texas Society of Professional Engineers or the Texas Surveyor's Association or by looking in your local phone directory. Fifteen (15) blue or black line prints (24" x 36", scale 1" = 100' or equivalent), one (1) reduction (8-1/2" x 11") and a digital copy of the graphics file should be prepared. Other submittal requirements are included in the Appendix of this guide.