Each week on the frontpage of MyBallard they publish the list of subdivision applications and approvals. Often included, when the parcel is being subdivided into two or three parcels is the phrase ” Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.” What does this mean? That they can only have one unit on the lot? That they are approving development of the original parcel and they will rule on developing the newly created parcels later? I think they are approving (well beginning the process of approving) new denser construction but am not certain.
Title 23 – LAND USE CODE
Subtitle II. – Platting Requirements
Chapter 23.22 – SUBDIVISIONS
SubChapter VI – Design and Construction Standards
D. Special Exception. The Director’s recommendation on a proposed subdivision, as a Type II special exception decision, may modify the standards of subsection 23.22.100.C.3, if the applicant demonstrates that the proposed plat meets the following criteria:
2. Modification of the standards of subsection 23.22.100.C.3 shall be the minimum necessary to allow platting of lots that each contain a building area for development meeting the development standards of the zone in which the proposed plat is located.
It means that development code standards (yard setbacks, height limits, area limitations, impervious surface areas, etc) are applied to the original large lot, not to each individual smaller lot. Essentially it means townhouse, where a developer builds one building with three or four units, then legally divides the lot so that each unit can be sold separately.
The following is an explanation from an architect who is involved in CBRA:
Generally speaking they always subplat before they apply for building permit. If not, they have too much area and have to go thru Design Review, and subject their grandioseness (is that a word) to the neighbors criticism.
The AFTER subplat you refer to is dividing the land units into individual condominium units of ownership.