Apply for a Master Subdivision Landscape Plan Permit

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Overview

The Master Subdivision Landscape Plan (MSLP) allows us to consolidate the review of land alteration and landscape activities for protected tree and other vegetation lots. Once approved, we can issue a single permit which you will use for specified subdivision lots when submitting applications for single-family building permits. You must have a minimum of 10 or more lots within the subdivision to qualify for an MSLP permit.

Fees

MSLP permit fee: $145 per lot, payable at time of the building permit application

Checklist

  • Activity type
    • Tree removal (number, trunk diameter, type)
    • Grubbing (type of vegetation)
    • Clearing (type of vegetation)
    • Grading
    • Excavating (cubic yards to be removed off-site)
    • Filling (type, source and cubic yards)
    • Required landscaping
  • Activity reason(s)
    • Subdivision infrastructure development
    • Subdivision lot development (specify by block and lot)
    • Master subdivision landscape plan
    • Tree transplanting (indicating the proposed transplanting methods)
    • Other (specify)
  • Is the property being rezoned
    • If yes, what zoning district
    • Zoning petition number
  • Property’s current land use
  • Counseled by a Development staff member?
    • If yes, by whom
  • Any zoning or code violation?
  • If yes, the nature of the violation
  • Project title
  • Address of property
  • Subdivision name, block and lot
  • Section/township/range
  • Folio number
  • Directions to property
  • Contact’s email address:
  • Owner’s name, phone and address
  • Applicant’s name (if other than owner) phone and address
  • Person, firm or corporation physically conducting work, phone and address
  • Grand oak pruning affidavit (if applicable)
  • Site plan drawn to scale identifying the following information on all applicable lots:
    • Drainage swales or other drainage conveyances consistent with the subdivision lot grading plan
    • Existing contours consistent with the Subdivision Lot Grading Plan
    • Finished grade elevations consistent with the Subdivision Lot Grading Plan
    • Identify type “A”, “B” or “C” grading scheme
    • EPC wetland line
    • 30 feet and/or 50 feet wetland setback lines
    • Buildable pad areas
    • Driveway access to buildable pad if protected trees and natural plant community vegetation exist in front yard area
    • Tree survey at a scale no greater than 1” to 50 feet identifying by species trees measuring 5” DBH (trunk diameter at 4.5 feet above grade) and larger as well as Grand Oaks (description in packet)
      • Retained trees in the public right of way abutting the lot must also be shown
    • Natural plant community vegetation to be preserved
    • Protective barricade symbolism around all trees and other vegetation to be preserved
    • Appropriate special design techniques ( i.e. grade dishing, tree wells, aeration systems, retaining walls, etc.)
    • Water and sanitary sewer alignment to minimize root disturbance of protected trees
    • Identification in table format all required lot, street and replacement inches for or each lot
      • Street trees must be identified by species consistent with the subdivision’s street tree plan
    • North arrow on site plan

Things To Consider

  • The MSLP permit is very similar to the blanket landscape permit with one principal difference:
    • The blanket landscape permit only applies to improved subdivisions which do not retain protected existing trees and other vegetation
  • If you get an MSLP permit you can include a copy of it when you submit a building permit application for included lots
    • With the exception of model home lots, this allows you to avoid the need to apply for an independent, conventional single family land alteration/landscaping permit
  • The MSLP requires you to address tree and other vegetation preservation considerate of grading elevation requirements of the subdivision Lot Grading Plan
    • It will also account and address requirements for:
      • tree replacement
      • lot tree landscaping
      • street tree landscaping
      • perimeter buffer landscaping
      • wetland setbacks
  • You must keep protective tree barricades in place throughout the duration of the construction activity
  • We do not require you to preserve trees within and between the buildable pad areas for lots ranging in size from 7,000 square feet or less unless the side yard setback is 7.5 feet
    • In these instances, we will provide a judgment for you  to preserve significant tree species 8” DBH or less in trunk diameter between buildable pad areas
  • We do not require you to preserve trees within the buildable pad areas for lots greater than 7,000 square feet except for significant trees identified within the first 10 feet from the buildable pad area’s front or rear yard setback line
    • Identification of significant trees in these locations may enable their preservation subject to the extent of home improvements identified on a building permit application
    • The inability to preserve these trees will require an application for a tree removal permit
    • You must append the the issued tree removal permit to the MSLP permit to assist with a lot’s final compliance inspection
    • You might also have to preserve significant trees of 8” DBH or less in trunk diameter located within the lot’s 7.5 feet side yard setback and between the buildable pad areas

What's Next

  1. We will review and evaluate the site for the following and render a decision to accept or not accept the applicant’s preservation proposal:
    • tree resource and other vegetation for lots identified within the application
    • tree and other vegetation preservation, inclusive of applicable special design techniques (i.e. tree wells, retaining wells, aeration systems, grade dishing, etc.)
    • tree condition
  2. We will confirm design modifications to the land topography are conducive to tree and other vegetation preservation, but do not create adversities to stormwater drainage features (i.e. swales and other surface water conveyances)
  3. Once we approve the MSLP, we will prepare a permit for issuance after the following conditions are met:
    • subsequent the final plat administrative approval process
    • once protective barricade installation has been approved through the Natural Resources office
  4. We will issue the MSLP permit to you for subsequent distribution to the home builder
    • The permit will account the following for each lot identified on the MSLP:
      • tree and other vegetation preservation
      • tree replacement
      • required lot trees
      • required street trees
      • required perimeter buffer landscaping

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