This Division handles the review of plats for approval by either the Planning Commission or the Hearing Examiner. It also handles the issuance of municipal addresses and the naming and renaming of public and private streets.
Subdivision is the process of dividing one parcel of land into two or more parcels and involves the layout of a parcel of vacant land into lots, blocks, streets and public areas. A plat of property, following the approval of the Planning Commission, is recorded with the Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court.
Platting is used for managing community growth and for implementing the Comprehensive Plan. The rules and procedures for platting can be found in the subdivision regulations. These regulations are administered by the Department of Planning, Zoning and Codes.
There are a number of reasons why developers and citizens alike seek plat approval by the Planning Commission. These include:
- State law requires that prior to the sale or donation of any property, it must be platted and approved by the Planning Commission.
- Lot purchasers have some degree of official protection simply because a uniform set of standards is used to review the subdivision prior to its legal registration.
- Taxpayers and subdividers are assured through the approval process that all subdivisions will be constructed to established standards.
In order to obtain a permit for new residential or commercial construction, a plat of the property must have been approved or considered a “lot of record” by the Department of Planning, Zoning and Codes. There are three (3) avenues for plat approval: