What is a Plat?
A plat is a map, drawn to scale, showing how a piece of land is divided into lots with streets and alleys, usually for the purpose of selling the described lots; this is known as subdivision. After a plat is filed, legal descriptions can refer to lot numbers rather than portions of sections. Plats can also legally dedicate land for road and other rights-of-way.
The City of Olathe recognizes the following types of plats:
What is a Preliminary Plat?
The preliminary plat is a general layout that is evaluated to determine if the design is suitable for the land and complies with the City's subdivision regulations. Some modification of the preliminary plat is permitted with the final plat application submittal, provided the original design concept has not changed.
What is a Final Plat?
A final plat is defined as a division of a tract of land into two or more lots, building sites or other divisions for the purpose of sale or development and including all divisions of land involving the dedication of a new street or a change in existing streets.
Both preliminary and final plats are reviewed by the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission either approves or denies preliminary plats. The final plats must be approved by the Governing Body if easements and/or rights-of-way are dedicated.
It typically takes approximately 90 days for a final plat to be recorded, from the day of “official” submittal.
A final plat must then be recorded with Johnson County Records and Tax Administration.
Recorded copies of the final plat can be viewed on the Johnson County website at: https://ims.jocogov.org/plats
What is a Replat?
A replat occurs when a property owner replats or subdivides a larger parcel of property into smaller lots, or smaller lots are combined into one larger lot. The lot boundaries change but the ownership of the property does not change until a deed is recorded.
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