Application for the approval of any subdivision shall be made to the Clerk of the Town Planning and Zoning Commission in writing at least 15 days prior to any hearing thereon, upon such form as said Commission may prescribe, and shall be accompanied by such plats, statements and data as are herein prescribed. Such application shall be made in triplicate by the owner of the land to be subdivided or his lawful agent. If the subdivision is proposed by a developer who is not the owner of the land to be subdivided but who will, upon its approval by the Commission, either acquire title to or deal with the subdivided land, such application must be made jointly by the owner and the proposed developer of the land. An application fee calculated on the basis of $5 for each lot contained in the proposed subdivision, but in no case to be less than $50, shall be paid to the Clerk of said Commission for the use of the Town at the time of filing such application. Any number of alternate preliminary maps may be filed at the time of filing such application without the payment of an additional fee. In such event, the fee shall be determined by the design showing the greater number of lots.
[Amended effective 7-29-1980]
At the time of filing such map and application, the Clerk of the Town Planning and Zoning Commission shall examine the same and ascertain that the application and preliminary plat or plats contain substantially the information required by these regulations before the same shall be advertised for a public hearing as hereinafter provided.
A soil, erosion and sedimentation control plan shall be submitted by the applicant as part of the application. This plan shall be prepared by a Connecticut licensed professional engineer and shall be developed in accordance with, and shall comply with, the latest guidelines of the United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service. The soil and sedimentation control plan must be approved by the Town Engineer for this Commission. The Town Engineer must determine the amount of a full surety performance bond which must be posted with the Commission before any work on the site begins. Said plan shall be strictly adhered to during all phases of construction and completion of the subdivision and shall be subject to regular inspection by the Stratford Town Engineer's Office.
[Added effective 4-27-1982]
In said application, the applicant shall:
Agree that he will cause to be filed the record subdivision plat in the office of the Town Clerk in accordance with the provisions of § A221-36 of these regulations, within 90 days of the date of the final approval of said map by the Commission.
Agree that all street improvements in the subdivision required under these regulations to be completed by the applicant will be so completed by him within two years of the date of the final approval of the record subdivision plat.
Agree to offer for dedication to the Town of Stratford, within three months after the completion of such street improvements, such streets as are shown on said plat and such other spaces as the applicant proposes for public use.
Agree to observe all other requirements of these regulations providing for land subdivision in the Town of Stratford.
Said application shall be accompanied by a preliminary subdivision plat prepared by a land surveyor licensed as such by the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors of the State of Connecticut. Although not required, it is recommended that the plat submitted to the Commission with the application for the approval of any subdivision be in preliminary form, since experience has indicated that the Commission may require alterations or changes in the proposed subdivision which may be made more readily and economically be the developer if presented in this form.
[Amended effective 7-29-1980]
The Clerk of the Town Planning and Zoning Commission shall cause public notice of the time and place of hearing on said application to be published once in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in the Town of Stratford twice for not less than two days, the first not more than 15 days nor less than 10 days and the last not more than two days prior to the date of such hearing. Such notice shall describe with reasonable certainty the location of the land which it is proposed to subdivide and the name of the owner thereof. A copy of said notice shall be mailed by registered or certified mail to the applicant.
Whenever any proposed subdivision abuts any highway which is under the jurisdiction or control of the Connecticut State Highway Department, the Clerk of the Commission may, within three days after the receipt of the preliminary map and application for approval, transmit two copies thereof, together with all appurtenant data, to the Highway Commissioner, with a request that he submit to the commission, prior to the date of the hearing, any objections or recommendations relative to the proposed street intersections, locations, grades or drainage requirements he may desire to make.
Whenever any proposed subdivision lies within 500 feet of any Town boundary, the Clerk of the Commission may, within three days after the receipt of the preliminary map and application for approval, mail a copy thereof to the administrative head of the adjacent town with a request that it be considered by the proper authorities thereof as to whether it fits their town plan, and such request shall state that failure to receive a reply prior to the date set for the hearing will be construed as meaning that such municipality has no objection to the proposal contained in such map.
[Amended effective 7-29-1980]
Said Commission shall determine whether said preliminary plat is in conformity with the provisions and requirements of these regulations. It shall make such investigations and recommendations as may be deemed necessary to ensure such conformity and to cause said map to more properly fit the requirements of the Town plan. Said Commission shall either approve or modify or disapprove said preliminary map within the period of time permitted under Section 8-26d of the General Statutes. Upon approval, approval as modified or disapproval, such action shall be endorsed on the face of each copy of the preliminary plat by the Clerk of the Commission. If such map be disapproved, the reasons therefor shall be stated in the written minutes of the Commission. The Clerk of the Commission shall, within 15 days of the Commission's action thereon, return to the applicant one copy of the approved, approved as modified or disapproved preliminary map with the Commission's action endorsed thereon, by certified mail, and a duplicate copy likewise endorsed shall remain permanently in the files of the Commission. The Commission shall, at the time of its notice of approval of any preliminary plat designate in writing such improvements as are within the Commission's discretion and the extent thereof, which it will require, in addition to those imposed by the specific provisions of these regulations, before its approval will be given to the record subdivision plat.
The consideration of a preliminary subdivision plat by the Commission and any approval which it may give to it in its submitted or modified form does not constitute final approval of the proposed subdivision. Such approval may only be given by the Commission upon the filing and approval of the record subdivision plat prepared by the applicant and acted on by the Commission as provided in these regulations.
Following the approval of the preliminary subdivision plat, the applicant or developer shall proceed within one year of the date of such approval to cause said subdivision to be accurately surveyed in accordance with said preliminary map as finally approved and within said year shall cause to be prepared and presented to said Commission a record subdivision plat which shall in all respects agree with the preliminary subdivision plat and any modification thereto and comply with the provisions of these regulations. Failure to prepare and submit such record subdivision map within one year, unless by mutual agreement in writing between the Commission and said applicant, extending the period of time, shall automatically terminate all proceedings, and the applicant shall be required to submit a new application and map as though the same was an entirely new proceeding. The record subdivision plat shall be prepared in accordance with the requirements of Article V.
When a preliminary subdivision plat is disapproved for technical reasons, the Commission may, at its discretion, permit the applicant to submit a revised map within 60 days without fee.