WHEN IS A SUBDIVISION MAP REQUIRED?
A subdivision map application is required in order to subdivide a property into multiple parcels, to create condominiums, to covert existing rental units into condominium units, or to convert a dwelling to a stock cooperative. Most projects undergo a tentative map review and a final map review. Projects are processed as:
- Tentative Tract Maps, where a project creates five or more parcels or condominium units, or
- Tentative Parcel Maps, where a project creates four or fewer parcels.
Even when an individual project creates four or fewer units, it may need to be processed as a Tentative Tract Map if the cumulative number of parcels created on adjoining lots by the same owner will exceed four, including prior projects.
WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?
Subdivision maps are reviewed to ensure that development complies with the State Subdivision Map Act, City Subdivision Regulations, environmental, zoning, and building regulations, General and Neighborhood Plans, and requirements of the Public Works, Fire and Police Departments.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The initial application fee for a Subdivision Map is a deposit to be used for cost of staff review time and materials (no maximum), billed on a monthly basis. The required initial deposits are:
- Tentative Tract or Tentative Parcel Map
- Processed Administratively $4,000
- Involving Public Hearing $6,000
- Final Parcel Map $2,000
- Final Tract Map $6,000
WHO APPROVES A SUBDIVISION MAP?
For Parcel Maps, the Planning Director may approve, deny or refer a parcel map to the Planning Commission. For Tract Maps, the Planning Commission may approve or deny the tentative tract map at a public hearing.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS?
- Make an appointment with the Development Review Engineer to determine which regulations apply to your project and what materials you need to prepare. At your request, or if the Development Review Engineer determines it would be helpful, a pre-application meeting will be set-up with staff members from other departments.
- Submit completed application form and required materials to the Planning Division.
- Copies of your proposal will be referred to affected departments and other agencies for comment. Within 30 days of submittal of application, the Development Review Engineer will notify you whether your application is complete or additional information or revised plans need to be submitted.
- The Development Review Engineer will schedule a preliminary meeting two to three weeks after the application is submitted. The applicant, owner, engineer, interested neighbors, general public and City staff are invited to attend and review the project.
- If processed administratively, the Development Review Engineer will prepare a decision on the application for review by the Planning Director. For public hearing items, the Development Review Engineer will prepare a staff report for review by both Planning Commission and when necessary, City Council. Applicants will be notified of both public hearing dates.
HOW LONG DOES APPROVAL TAKE?
Approval of the tentative map usually takes approximately twelve weeks after an application is deemed complete and if an environmental impact report is not required. Indicated processing times do not include time needed by developer to revise and resubmit plans. If an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is required, processing time can take up to one year for obtaining approval or denial.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN AN ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL?
Approval of an application by the Planning Director is final unless appealed. Notice of the Planning Director's decision is circulated to persons owning and occupying property within 300 feet of the boundaries of the project and to interested parties.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A PUBLIC HEARING?
A minimum of 20 days prior to the hearing of an application, the applicant and all persons who own and occupy property within 300 feet of the boundaries of the project will be notified of the place, time and date of the hearing. The Planning Commission and City Council will consider the report prepared by Planning Division staff at each respective public hearing, evaluate testimony from the applicant and his or her representatives and from the public.
MAY A DECISION BE APPEALED?
When the Planning Commission is the deciding body the decision may be appealed to the City Council, whose action is final.
WHEN ARE HEARINGS HELD?
The Planning Commission holds public hearings twice monthly on Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The City Council meets on Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.