The City of Harker Heights Subdivision regulations regulate the subdivision of all property within the corporate limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (a 2 mile radius) of the City of Harker Heights. Platting is the process through which land is subdivided and is either developed or sold. In the platting process, the layout of streets and utilities is established; the streets identify blocks, and blocks are further subdivided to create lots for individual ownership. This process is also used to subdivide existing platted lots which may not involve extension of public improvements.
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.
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