Hereafter, except as provided in this chapter, no plan of any subdivision shall be approved by the Planning Commission of the City of Monessen except in accordance with the procedure designated by this section and other parts of this chapter. Any approval of any subdivision plan not processed as hereafter provided shall be null and void unless such approval was made previous to the adoption of this chapter.
Prior to the filing of an application for conditional approval for the preliminary plan of lots, the developer shall submit to the Planning Commission plans and data as specified in §§ 345-19. This step does not require formal application, payment of fees or filing of preliminary plan of lots with the Planning Commission.
Within 30 days, the Planning Commission shall inform the developer that plans and data as submitted or as modified do or do not meet the objectives of these regulations. When the Planning Commission finds the plans and data do not meet the objectives of these regulations, it shall express its reason therefor.
On reaching conclusions informally as recommended in § 345-6 above regarding his general program and objectives, the developer shall cause to be prepared a preliminary plan of lots together with improvement plans and other supplementary material as specified herein.
Five copies of the preliminary plan of lots and supplementary material specified shall be submitted to the Planning Commission with written application for conditional approval at least 15 days prior to the meeting at which it is to be considered.
Following review of the preliminary plan of lots and other materials submitted for conformity to these regulations, and negotiations with the developer on changes deemed advisable in the kind and extent of improvements to be made by him, the Planning Commission shall, within 30 days, act thereon as submitted or modified, and if approved, the Planning Commission shall express its approval as conditional approval and state the conditions of such approval, if any, or if disapproved, shall express its disapproval and its reasons therefor.
The action of the Planning Commission shall be noted on two copies of the preliminary plan of lots, referenced and attached to any conditions determined. One copy shall be returned to the developer and the other retained by the Planning Commission. Under no circumstances shall the developer start work of any nature other than surveying and staking prior to receiving the conditional approval of the Planning Commission upon the preliminary plan of lots.
Conditional approval of a preliminary plan of lots shall not constitute approval of the final plan of lots. Rather, it shall be deemed an expression of approval to the layout submitted on the preliminary plan of lots as a guide to the preparation of the final plan of lots which will be submitted for approval of the Planning Commission and for recording upon fulfillment of the requirements of these regulations and the conditions of the conditional approval, if any.
The final plan of lots shall conform substantially to the preliminary plan of lots as approved, and if desired by the developer, it may constitute only that portion of the approved preliminary plan of lots which he proposes to record and develop at the time; provided, however, that such portion conforms to all the requirements of these regulations.
When application for approval of the final plan of lots is received by the City Engineer and conforms to all the requirements of these regulations, the date of receipt shall be stamped or written thereon. The Planning Commission shall take action on said application within 30 days after the date of receipt.
Five copies of the final plan of lots and other exhibits required for approval shall be prepared as specified and shall be submitted to the Planning Commission within six months after approval of the preliminary plan of lots.
The date of approval of the final plan of lots by the Planning Commission shall be stamped thereon. Approval shall be void unless said plat is recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds of Westmoreland County within 90 days after the date of approval.