What is a Plan of Development (POD)?

When is a POD necessary?

What is a subdivision?

When is subdivision approval necessary?

Where do I apply for POD or subdivision review?

What do I need to apply for POD approval?

What procedure is required to obtain POD approval?

What process is required to obtain subdivision plat approval?

 

 

 

What is a Plan of Development (POD)?

A Plan of Development (POD) is a multi-phase process during which the applicant submits drawings of a property for review and approval, which depict proposed building layout, water and sewer lines, roads, drainage, landscaping, and other necessary improvements. The proposed use of the property must be permitted by the current zoning classification. The original phase of the POD process includes a public hearing before the Planning Commission for approval of the overall site development layout and buildings. Subsequent phases of the project, including construction plan approval and building permit approval for the structures, are reviewed and approved administratively by staff.

 

 

 

When is a POD necessary?

A POD is generally required for :

* multi-family dwellings; hotels, hospitals and medical facilities, banks and savings and loan institutions, office buildings containing more than 5,000 square feet of floor area, automobile service stations, drive-in restaurants, airports, fairgrounds and amusement parks.

* any development when parking spaces are to be used by more than one establishment;

* any development adjacent to or with entrances or exits to or from a four-lane street;

* residential townhouses for sale (RTH);

The POD review process was implemented to ensure that certain types of development meet the applicable requirements of the zoning ordinance, to state the specific additional requirements applicable to the development of certain uses, to prescribe standards for the preparation and submission of POD’s, to provide for a method of notifying adjoining property owners, to promote traffic safety and to protect the quality of state waters. All actions on POD’s are taken at public hearings. The Board of Supervisors acts on all POD’s dealing with publicly-owned facilities while the Planning Commission acts on all other developments requiring a POD.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 for the creation of a public road. 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.

 

 

 

 

Where do I apply for POD or Subdivision review?

Permit Center
County of Henrico
Administration Building in the Government Center
Parham and Hungary Spring Roads (4301 E. Parham Road)

OR

Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road

 

 

 

 

What do I need to apply for POD approval?

* Completed application form and check list, with all required signatures.

* Sufficient quantity of detailed site plans as stated on the application.

* Sufficient quantity of architectural elevations and floor plans as stated in the application.

* Filing Fee determined based on the acreage of project.

BUT, before formally submitting the necessary documents for POD approval, you should call or visit the Planning Department and review your proposal preliminarily to determine the particular requirements for your project.

 

 

 

 

What procedure is required to obtain POD approval?

County Staff Review:
Before the request is heard by the Board or Commission, the plans are distributed to members of the County staff for review and comment. Prior to the public hearing, a meeting is held between the applicant and/or his representative and the County staff to discuss the proposal in relation to the departmental comments.

Planning Commission Review:
The Planning Department staff presents the proposal to the Planning Commission. The applicant and/or his representative then have the opportunity to respond to the proposal. If there are any other persons present who are interested in the proposal they also have an opportunity to speak.

More information about participating in the public hearing process is available.

Following discussion of the proposal, the Planning Commission takes action in one of four ways: by either granting approval as submitted, approval with revisions and/or conditions, denial or deferral of the request.

If the development plan is for a publicly owned facility (school, library, park), the procedure is the same except that the public meeting is held by the Board of Supervisors.
Following Planning Commission Review:

If the request is approved, the applicant revises the plans as necessary and submits the number of sets detailed in the Plans for Signature application, revised in accordance with the approval, to the Permit Center. The Planning staff will coordinate the review of the revised plans, and route the revised plans to the Secretary of the Planning Commission or the County Manager, the Department of Public Utilities, and the Department of Public Works for approval signatures, once the plans are finalized.

Once these signatures are affixed, the applicant uses these plans to apply for building permit approval.

 

 

 

 

What process is required to obtain subdivision plat approval?

The approval is a three step process:

Conditional Approval and Final Approval, and Recordation of the Plat

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. County Staff Review

A Conditional Subdivision request is submitted to the Permit Center by the applicant with the following information:

* Completed application form with check list.

* 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.

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 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 check list.

* 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.

Recordation of the Plat: In order to record the subdivision, the applicant must submit two (2) white opaque mylars and one (1) reproducible mylar 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.