Platting involves the subdivision of land into lots or tracts. A plat is recorded as a permanent legal document that includes both an accurate description and graphical depiction of any real property that is to be divided.

The intent of platting is to provide a readily accessible and easily understandable public record of property. Property must be platted before a building permit can be issued.

Platting ensures:

  • A sensibly arranged pattern of lots results for the intended use: Streets and public improvements are planned to serve the needs of each lot and surrounding properties
  • Consistency is provided between subdivisions; and
  • An opportunity is provided for public review and comment on the proposed plat layout.

Preliminary Plats

The preliminary plat dictates sizes and shapes of lots, the relationship between existing and future streets, location of proposed public improvements, and location of lands dedicated for public purposes.

Preliminary plats demonstrate the overall subdivision concept for an entire ownership tract, showing the general lot configuration, street layout and existing topography.

Preliminary plats require notification to surrounding property owners and a public hearing at the Planning Commission; they do not require City Council approval.

Final Plats

The final plat must conform to the approved preliminary plat. No public hearing is required.

If the plat contains public right-of-way (or other property that is proposed to be dedicated to the city) the application will be heard by the City Council for acceptance of the public lands.

Property owners and city officials will sign an approved version of the final plat drawing that will ultimately be recorded by the Johnson County Department of Records and Tax Administration.