Chapter 17.15
PLATTING PROCEDURES – GENERAL

Sections:

17.15.005    Overview.

17.15.010    Preapplication.

17.15.020    Platting fees.

17.15.030    Application submission requirements.

17.15.040    Application review and public notice.

17.15.050    Action on plats.

17.15.060    Recordation.

17.15.005 Overview.

All plats shall comply with Chapter 17.10 KGBC; KGBC 17.15.010 through 17.15.030, 17.15.040, and 17.15.050; Chapter 17.20 KGBC, and Chapter 17.25 KGBC. Minor plats may be processed following the process in Chapter 17.30 KGBC, and will not require a preliminary plat hearing. Major plats shall be processed under this chapter and Chapter 17.35 KGBC, and will require a preliminary and final plat approval. Right-of-way plats shall be processed under this chapter and Chapter 17.40 KGBC, and will require a preliminary and final plat approval. Cluster subdivisions under Chapter 17.45 KGBC will be processed in the same manner as major plats. [Ord. No. 1785, §1, 2-1-16.]

17.15.010 Preapplication.

Preapplication comprises an investigatory period which precedes actual preparation of any plat. During this stage, the subdivider makes known his intentions to the platting authority and is advised of specific public objectives related to development of the subject tract, and to platting procedures and requirements. If requested, the applicant shall submit a preliminary sketch plat for consideration by the planning official, which may be drawn in pencil, containing all the information required for a subdivision plat, except that bearings, angles and curve data may be approximate, and the layout of proposed streets and lots may be tentative. During this stage, it may be determined that a change in zoning would be required for all or part of the subject tract, whereupon the subdivider shall immediately initiate the necessary zoning application. Nothing herein shall be construed to mean that said rezoning or subdivision will be mandatory or automatically approved. [Ord. No. 1785, §1, 2-1-16.]

17.15.020 Platting fees.

Application fees for preliminary plats, plat alterations, and final plats shall be as provided for in KGBC 2.105.030. [Ord. No. 1785, §1, 2-1-16.]

17.15.030 Application submission requirements.

(a)    A subdivider shall prepare a plat of the proposed subdivision which shall comply with all the requirements of this title and Alaska Statutes. To expedite processing of this application, the subdivider must furnish all information essential to determine the character and general acceptability of the proposal. Application submission requirements for lot consolidations as defined by KGBC 17.05.130(b) are listed in subsection (c) of this section.

(b)    The following shall be submitted to the planning official:

(1)    The plat application form signed by all owners for properties included in the proposed platting action.

(2)    The application fee as established by the borough assembly.

(3)    One full size paper copy and one electronic file (PDF preferred) of the plat consistent with KGBC 17.20.010.

(4)    One copy of an as-built survey showing the location and identification of all existing structures.

(5)    Field survey traverse report showing the error of closure for all surveyed lots.

(6)    For subdivisions involving site development that will impact more than 50 percent of the land to be subdivided or 15,000 square feet, whichever is less, a site development plan, as described in KGBC 18.55.020(b)(1), shall also be submitted.

(7)    A title report or certificate to plat prepared by a title company licensed to do business in the State of Alaska for all properties included in the platting action.

(c)    For lot consolidations, the following shall be submitted to the planning official:

(1)    The plat application form signed by all owners for properties included in the proposed platting action.

(2)    The application fee as established by the borough assembly.

(3)    One full size paper copy and one electronic file (PDF preferred) of the original plat, with subject lots and lot lines to be eliminated clearly marked.

(4)    One copy of an as-built survey showing the location and identification of all existing structures, if applicable.

(5)    A title report or certificate to plat prepared by a title company licensed to do business in the State of Alaska for all properties included in the lot consolidation. [Ord. No. 1951, §2, 8-2-21; Ord. No. 1785, §1, 2-1-16.]

17.15.040 Application review and public notice.

(a)    Completeness Review. Upon receipt, a plat application shall be reviewed for completeness and for conformance to the comprehensive plan, the requirements of this title, and the zoning ordinance.

(b)    Timeframe. Within 10 working days it will be either: (1) accepted for further review; (2) returned to the applicant noting the deficiencies in writing of said plat; or (3) be scheduled for review by the planning commission serving as the platting authority at the discretion of the planning director, depending on the complexity of the plat due to topography, easements, access, utility or sewer access, or other issues.

(c)    Public Notice. At least 15 days before action by the platting authority on any application under this title, or before acting on a plat application under this title, except for final plats, final right-of-way plats and final vacation of right-of-way plats, the planning director shall publish notice of the application in the following form:

(1)    Content. Public notices shall state when and by whom the application is filed, its purpose, and the time and place of the hearing, if applicable. The notice shall identify the land subject to the application. If posted on the Internet, the post shall remain until the date and time set for the hearing.

(2)    Property Owner Notice. The clerk of the planning commission serving as the platting authority shall also mail the notice to owners of property as shown on the last equalized assessment roll as follows:

a.    Within the corporate limits of the city of Ketchikan, Alaska: owners of property located 600 feet from any point on the outside perimeter of the proposed subdivision.

b.    Outside the corporate limits of the city of Ketchikan, Alaska: owners of property located 1,200 feet from any point on the outside perimeter of the proposed subdivision.

c.    The owner or owners of affected lots.

d.    Government agencies as deemed appropriate.

Such notifications are complete upon publication and upon mailing. [Ord. No. 1827, §18, 4-3-17; Ord. No. 1824, §1, 3-20-17; Ord. No. 1785, §1, 2-1-16.]

17.15.050 Action on plats.

(a)    Agency Review. The clerk of the planning commission serving as the platting authority shall transmit copies of the proposed plat to the following review agencies 20 days prior to platting authority action on such subdivision. Reviewer’s comments, recommendations and/or approvals regarding the proposed subdivision shall be requested from the:

(1)    Borough assessor.

(2)    Borough engineer and/or city engineer.

(3)    Ketchikan fire department if within the city limits, or appropriate fire department in the borough.

(4)    Ketchikan police department, if within the city limits.

(5)    Ketchikan Public Utilities.

(6)    Alaska Department of Transportation, driveway division, as appropriate.

(7)    Superintendent of schools, borough school district. [Ord. No. 1785, §1, 2-1-16.]

17.15.060 Recordation.

(a)    A title report or certificate to plat prepared by a title company licensed to do business in the state of Alaska shall be submitted with a date of issue not more than 15 days prior to recording of the plat showing all owners of any legal or equitable interest of record in or to the land to be platted, including all grants, reservations, covenants, restrictions, easements, liens and encumbrances of record.

(b)    Within three working days after obtaining all certificates of approval of a final plat, the clerk of the planning commission serving as the platting authority shall submit the plat to the Ketchikan Recording District in compliance with AS 40.15.010 through 40.15.020.

(c)    After said plat is filed and recorded, the clerk of the planning commission serving as the platting authority will provide a copy of said plat to the following:

(1)    Applicant.

(2)    Owners of affected property.

(3)    City engineer or borough engineer as appropriate.

(4)    Borough assessor. [Ord. No. 1785, §1, 2-1-16.]