Recorded plats of subdivision may be vacated (abandoned) upon petition by the owner of the property. Minor vacations are those that seek to vacate only unimproved roads and/or alleys provided there is no opposition from adjoining property owners. Major vacations are those that seek to vacate platted properties and/or improved roads and/or alleys.
Pre-Application Conference: Not required
Pre-Application Neighborhood Meeting: Not required
Subdivision and Development Review Committee (SDRC): Not required
Decision-Making Body: Major Vacations are ruled upon by the Planning Board. Minor Vacations are ruled upon by the Planning Director.
Public Notice Requirement: Under the current Subdivision Regulations, minor and major vacation petitions require letters notifying abutting property owners of the petition and are to be sent prior to submission of the vacation package. The sample notice letter is provided below. Minor vacation petitions do not require posting on the site. Major vacation petitions require notice of the Planning Board hearing to be posted to the site at least 30 days before the scheduled hearing.
Under the new Subdivision Regulations, only major vacation petitions require the Planning Director to send letters notifying abutting property owners of the petition. These letters must be sent at least seven days prior to the public hearing. Major vacation petitions require notice of the Planning Board hearing to be posted to the site at least 30 days before the scheduled hearing. Minor vacation petitions require notice of the impending Planning Director's decision to be posted on the site at least ten days prior to that decision.
Estimated Review Time: For minor vacations, 30 day minimum. For major vacations, 60 day minimum.
Important and Required Documents
Checklists and Process Procedure
Public Notice Requirements