Preliminary Plat

Submittal of a preliminary plan and a related request for sewer and water allocation is intended to give the Town general information about the proposed subdivision to include lot standards, vehicular and pedestrian connections, utility routing, open spaces and amenities and required public improvements.

The Process

The following outlines the typical process followed for major subdivision preliminary plans:
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Pre-Development Meeting  

The Town encourages a pre-development meeting prior to submitting a major subdivision preliminary plan application. This meeting is held with department directors so that information may be provided to the applicant regarding the review process and schedule, provisions of the LDO and other Town specifications and standards pertinent to the preliminary subdivision plan. Feedback will be provided so that the applicant has clear direction for plan preparation. A site sketch is required to schedule the pre-development meeting.

Pre-Submittal Meeting

The Town requires a pre-submittal meeting prior to submitting the major subdivision preliminary plan. This meeting is held with department directors as well as plan review staff and gives the opportunity for the applicant to present a nearly complete preliminary subdivision plan set for preliminary comments, possibly reducing the number of comments during first review. Click HERE for the preliminary plan review checklist.

Application Submittal and Acceptance

The formal preliminary plan review process begins when the application package is submitted to the Planning Department. Click HERE for the preliminary plan application. The application provides a list of all required submittal materials including the application fee. A general outline of the review and approval process is also included in the application.

Plan Review

Once the preliminary plan is accepted, it will be entered into the review queue and distributed to Town staff. The review of the preliminary plan will occur in the order it was received and upon review completion a list of comments will be provided to the primary contact and developer listed on the application form.

Town Staff will be primarily concerned with the improvements proposed and their potential effect on the Town. The Staff will review the proposed preliminary plan to ensure that it is in compliance with the Town's ordinances, development standards, and adopted plans or policies. The plan set may also be reviewed by others outside the development review staff, including Federal, State, local agencies, or others, as the Planning Department considers appropriate or as necessary for compliance.


The applicant must address the Staff's comments by responding to comments and making the applicable changes to the plans. Resubmittal of subsequent reviews will be entered into a new review cycle to be reviewed in the order received. A $450.00 review fee will be required prior to distribution of the 3rd and subsequent submittals.
The Planning Department will consider the preliminary plan for Planning and Town Boards once all comments are addressed. If there are still outstanding comments, the applicant assumes the risk of moving forward to Planning and Town Boards without the support of the Planning Department.

Planning Board Review

At the next available regular monthly meeting, the Planning Board will review the proposed preliminary plan. The Planning Board will recommend that the Town Board approve the preliminary plan, approve the preliminary plan subject to modifications or conditions, or disapprove the preliminary plan. The applicant is encouraged to attend the meeting and may be granted an opportunity to speak if requested by the Planning Board.

Town Board Review & Approval

The preliminary plan, along with the Town Staff and Planning Board's recommendations, will be presented to the Town Board. The Town Board may approve the preliminary plan, approve the preliminary plan with conditions or disapprove the preliminary plan. If the Board approves the subdivision, the preliminary is stamped and signed by the Planning Department. The applicant may then submit construction drawing plans for administrative review.

Next Step: Submit Construction Drawings