Town of Stratford, CT
Fairfield County
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It is declared to be the policy of the Town Planning and Zoning Commission to consider land subdivisions as living parts of the community and as part of a plan for the orderly development and growth of the Town of Stratford rather than as mere isolated aggregations of lots. In order that land subdivisions may be made in the best interests of the Town and in accordance with this policy and in order that adequate provisions may be made for the proper arrangement and development of streets, for open spaces, for recreation, light and air, for the avoidance of undue density of population, for access of fire-fighting apparatus to property and for proper drainage and sewerage facilities, these regulations are hereby adopted.
For the purpose of identification, these regulations shall be known as the "Land Subdivision of the Town of Stratford."
When used hereafter in these regulations, the following terms are defined as follows:
COMMISSION
The Town Planning and Zoning Commission of the Town of Stratford.
DEAD-END STREET
A street, or a portion of any street which has no outlet at one end.
PLAT
Includes "plats" wherever more than one "plat" of any subdivision is submitted to the Commission.
PRINT
Includes a blueprint photostat lithoprint or other copy which reproduces exactly the data on the original plat from which it is made.
STREET or STREETS
Includes streets, avenues, roads, boulevards, lanes or other ways.
SUBDIVIDER
Includes any person, firm, corporation, partnership or association who shall lay out for the purpose of sale, rent, lease or development any subdivision or part thereof as hereinbefore defined, either for himself or for others.
SUBDIVISION
The division of a tract or parcel of land into three or more lots for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of sale or building development expressly excluding development for agricultural purposes, and shall include resubdivision; "resubdivision" shall mean a change in a map of an approved or recorded "subdivision" or resubdivision if such change affects any street layout shown on such map; affects any area reserved thereon for public use; or diminishes the size of any lot shown thereon, and creates an additional building lot, if any of the lots thereon have been conveyed after the approval or recording of such map.
[Amended effective 7-29-1980]
THESE REGULATIONS
The Land Subdivision Regulations of the Town of Stratford, Connecticut as the same are contained herein or any amendments thereto.
No subdivision of land shall hereafter be made unless the same shall have been submitted to and approved by the Town Planning and Zoning Commission.
Whoever, being the owner or agent of the owner of any land located within the jurisdiction of the Town Planning and Zoning Commission, shall transfer or sell any land by reference to or exhibition of or by other use of a plat of a subdivision before such plat has been approved by the Town Planning and Zoning Commission and recorded or filed in the office of the Town Clerk shall be fined not more than $200 for each lot so transferred or sold, and the description of such lot by metes and bounds, or by courses and distances, in the instrument of transfer or other document used in the process of selling or transferring shall not exempt the transaction from such penalties. The Town Planning and Zoning Commission may enjoin such transfer or sale.
[Amended effective 7-29-1980; 7-20-1982]
The Planning and Zoning Commission shall be the only agency permitted to waive any requirement of these regulations.
A. 
The Commission may waive requirements under these regulations by a 3/4 vote of all the members of the Commission in cases where conditions exist which affect the subject land and are not generally applicable to other land in the area, provided that the waiver is sought under one or more of the conditions contained in these regulations. No waiver shall be granted that will have a significant adverse effect on adjacent property or on public health and safety. The Commission shall state upon its records the reasons for which a waiver is granted.
B. 
Conditions for waiver:
(1) 
The Commission may waive requirements of these regulations upon request of the applicant or upon initiation by the Commission where, owing to conditions especially affecting the subject land, a literal enforcement of these regulations would result in a practical difficulty in its development, so that substantial justice will be done and the intent of these regulations secured. Conditions under which waivers may be considered shall be limited to the following:
(a) 
Topographic or geologic features, making compliance with design standards as set forth in these regulations impractical.
(b) 
Size and shape of the property, making compliance with design standards set forth in these regulations impractical.
(c) 
Inability of public utilities to provide service.
(2) 
In no case shall a waiver be granted without the Commission first receiving a report from the Town Engineer.