1. What is a subdivision?
  2. Where do I apply for a Plan of Development (POD) or subdivision review?
  3. When is subdivision approval necessary?
  4. When are street addresses created for new subdivision?
  5. When is a street address created for a parcel split?
  6. Who comes up with new street names and how are they approved?
  7. What process is required to obtain subdivision plat approval?

What is a subdivision?
Subdivision is the process of creating one or more new lots from an existing parcel. The term “subdivision” is most often associated with division of land for residential dwellings, including single-family and townhouse developments. Division of land for commercial, business, industrial or office development for which a POD is required is not included in the term “subdivision.”

 

Where do I apply for a Plan of Development (POD) or subdivision review?
There are two places you can apply:

  • The Permit Center, Administration Building, Government Center, 4301 East Parham Road; (804) 501-7280
  • Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road
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When is subdivision approval necessary?
Subdivision of land must be reviewed by the Planning Department and a subdivision plat must be recorded whenever a single parcel is divided into three or more lots or when a public road is created. There are some exceptions, such as a family subdivision. The Planning Commission approves the preliminary (or conditional) subdivision plat, while the director of Planning approves the final subdivision plat.

 

When are street addresses created for new subdivision?
Street addresses are created for new subdivisions within two days of the subdivisions being recorded in the Henrico County Courthouse’s Record Room.

 

When is a street address created for a parcel split?
Addresses for a parcel split are created when a building permit is applied for in the Building Inspections Department.

 

Who comes up with new street names and how are they approved?
Street names in new subdivisions are created by the developer/engineer for the project. These street names have to be approved by the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. The county Planning Department has final approval of all street names. If the street name is not in a recorded subdivision, then the owners of all adjacent properties have to agree to the name and it has to be approved by Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. The county Planning Department has final approval of these names.

What process is required to obtain subdivision plat approval?
The approval is a three-step process. BUT, before formally submitting the necessary documents for subdivision approval, you should call or visit the Planning Department and review your proposal to determine the particular requirements for your project.

  1. A Conditional Subdivision request is submitted to The Permit Center by the applicant with the following information:
    • Completed application form with checklist
    • Sufficient number of sets of the preliminary subdivision layout and required details as outlined in the Conditional Subdivision Application
    • Filing fee (amount determined by the number of lots submitted)

    The conditional request is then reviewed by the members of the county staff for compliance with county standards and regulations. The applicant and/or his representative meet with the county staff to discuss any comments, after which the Planning Department staff prepares a report and recommendation for transmittal to the Planning Commission.

  2. Planning Commission Review: The Planning Commission reviews the request at a public hearing at which time the Planning staff presents each proposal. After considering information concerning the proposal, the Planning Commission may take action in one of four ways:
    • grant approval of the request;
    • grant approval of the request with recommended changes or conditions;
    • deny approval of the request; or
    • defer hearing of the request for further review

    If the request is approved, the applicant has a period of twelve months in which to apply for final approval.

    Following Planning Commission Review: A request for Final Subdivision approval is submitted to the Planning Department by the applicant with the following information:

    • Completed application form with checklist
    • Sufficient number of sets of the final plats and detailed construction plans, prepared by a professional engineer or certified surveyor, detailing the construction of required improvements, as outlined in the Final Subdivision Application
    • Filing fee (amount determined by the number of lots submitted)

    The final approval request is reviewed by the staff and comments provided to the applicant. If the final approval request is approved by the director of Planning, the applicant has a period of one year in which to record the subdivision.

    Should the applicant be unable to request final approval or record the subdivision plats within the required time period, a written request for an extension of conditional or final approval may be submitted to the Planning Department for consideration by the Planning Commission or the director of Planning.

  3. Recordation of the Plat: In order to record the subdivision, the applicant must submit two white opaque Mylar films and one reproducible Mylar film to The Permit Center for a final review and approval signatures. Financial guarantees of the construction of the public improvements in each subdivision must be filed. After the improvements are constructed or the guarantee is accepted by the county, the applicant records his subdivision plats with the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

    After the subdivision plats are recorded, the developer may submit plans for building permit approval.