Thursday, August 18, 2022

Sketch plans no longer required in Leland’s development approval process

Site plans for ongoing projects planned in the Town of Leland are publicly-available on the town's new development tracker. Clockwise from top left, Leland Station in Waterford, Bellamy Place, the Village at Skylar's Cove, Leland Town Center. (Site plans courtesy Town of Leland, edited by Port City Daily)
Site plans for ongoing projects planned in the Town of Leland are publicly-available on the town’s new development tracker. Clockwise from top left, Leland Station in Waterford, Bellamy Place, the Village at Skylar’s Cove, Leland Town Center. (Site plans courtesy Town of Leland, edited by Port City Daily)

LELAND — Sketch plans are no longer required as a prerequisite for minor and major subdivision approval in Leland.

Council unanimously approved amendments to its code of ordinances which include changes to its pre-development approval process.

Related: Leland considers dropping sketch plans from pre-development approval process

Changes include adopting new Administrative Manual to assist applicants through the subdivision or plat approval process, removing administrative tasks including the number of copies of maps required for submittal, and notably, removing a requirement that sketch plans are submitted prior to development approval.

Sketch plans recommended

Sketch plans typically include a visual depiction of a proposed development, including the location of stormwater infrastructure, public sidewalks, roadway connections, building layouts, and open space.

The move to remove the requirements was motivated in part by comments received by developers. Developers told planning staff members they were apprehensive about submitting unofficial plans into the public record.

“Developers are sometimes leery in submitting something official, which becomes public record, and they don’t necessarily want to do that,” Leland Planner Andrew Neylon said at the July 23 meeting. “Sometimes it’s just a conversation to have across the board — or across the table.”

Leland’s Planning Board approved amending its Code of Ordinances with the changes last month. In the meeting, Planning Director Ben Andrea confirmed the amendments expedite and simplify the pre-development approval process.

View the recently-adopted Code of Ordinance amendments below. The new Administrative Manual appears on page 29:

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