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T Silva
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Username: Tsilva

Post Number: 11
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 02:00 pm:   

Could you let us know what the process is to convert a sub-division to a gated community?

What are the process \ formalities? Is there a link that will provide further information and the process?

Thank you in advance for any info that will be provided.

Scott Ingalls, Zoning & Subdivision Admi
Username: Scott_ingalls

Post Number: 331
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 09:46 am:   

T Silva,

The City's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulation Ordinance establish requirements for Private Street Developments (gated subdivisions). I will address the main requirements but recommend that for a full understanding that you read the specific sections of both ordinances.

A Specific Use Permit is required for a private street development and will require that all property owners within the development agree to the submission of the request. Public hearings on the request are held before the Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council.

The subdivision must have an HOA with deed restrictions or covenants that address the maintenance of the private streets. This will require that a specific fund be established for maintenance and repairs.

A new subdivision plat will need to be prepared and filed for Planning & Zoning Commission approval. This is required as the current plat dedicates this land to the City.

As the streets are owned and maintained by the City, the purchase price of the streets and rights-of-way will need to be negotiated for the transfer of ownership.

The last point is that all entrances into the subdivision will need to meet Engineering Design Standards for gated entrances. There has to be adequate street width in order to accommodate the gates and the entrance keys. The distance from the gates to the outside street will need to be a minimum of 100 feet in order to allow for appropriate vehicle stacking.

Again, these are the main points to your request for information. The following is a link to the Planning & Development Services Department list of Frequently Requested Ordinances, which includes the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Regulation Ordinance.

Scott Ingalls
Zoning & Subdivision Administrator

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