Please allow a minimum of 90 days for the processing of subdivision applications.
WHO MUST FILE?
You must file a Subdivision Application prior to the sale of any subdivided lots and before beginning any new construction on an existing lot that would include a new septic system. Subdivisions into three or fewer lots are classified as Minor Subdivisions; subdivisions that result in four or more lots are classified as Major Subdivisions.
SUBDIVISIONS: What Do I Need to Do?
- Review the Town of Mount Holly Subdivision Regulations.
- Prepare a Sketch Plan of the proposed subdivision, following the requirements of the Subdivision Checklist listed in the Subdivision Regulations. It is advisable to work with a professional survey on this.
- Complete a Subdivision Application (also available from the Mount Holly Town Clerk).
- Email the Completed Application and Plans to the Administrative Officer ([email protected]). You may also deliver physical copies to the Town Office or mail to the following address:
PO Box 248, Mount Holly, VT 05758
- The Administrative Officer will review your application and provide instruction in order to ensure it is complete. The subdivision proposal will be classified as either “minor” or “major” based on the number of total lots created. You may request an informal meeting with the Planning Commission to discuss the project – but no action can be taken.
- Once the application is deemed to be complete, you will be instructed to pay the required application fees.
- The Administrative Officer will refer the completed application to the Planning Commission. It will be added to the next regularly scheduled meeting agenda. The Planning Commission normally meets on the third Wednesday of the month.
- In addition to the electronic copy of the Sketch Plan, deliver two physical copies of the Sketch Plan to the Mount Holly Planning Commission, c/o The Mount Holly Town Clerk, in advance of the meeting. Be prepared to discuss the issues identified in the Subdivision Checklist, including wastewater, roads, driveways, boundaries, house site location, and so on. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you may designate an authorized representative. Please note that public meeting procedures have changed due to the pandemic – contact the Planning Commission ([email protected]) for more information.
If your subdivision is classified as minor, you will need to do the following:
- Prepare a Final Plat in accordance with the Subdivision Checklist requirements. The Final Plat must be prepared by a licensed surveyor or engineer and must include ALL of the elements listed on the Subdivision Checklist. Incomplete Final Plats will delay consideration of your subdivision.
- Submit the physical copy of the Final Plat to the Mount Holly Town Clerk and send an electronic copy by email to the Planning Commission.
- Request that a public hearing be held for your subdivision. Note that the Planning Commission must schedule your hearing within 45 days of your request.
- Attend the subdivision hearing (or request that someone attend on your behalf). You must bring two copies of the Final Plat of your proposed subdivision with you to your hearing. The Final Plat must include all of the items listed on the Subdivision Checklist that is included with the Subdivision Regulations. Please note that public hearing procedures have changed due to the pandemic – contact the Planning Commission ([email protected]) for more information.
- At the hearing, be prepared to discuss all of the items listed on the Subdivision Checklist.
- Within 45 days of your subdivision hearing, you will receive written notification from the Planning Commission that it has approved, modified and approved, or disapproved your Final Plat.
- Once your subdivision has been approved, the Planning Commission will sign your Final Plat.
- After your Final Plat has been signed and your payment has been received, you will be asked to submit a final recordable mylar drawing for filing by the Town Clerk and send an electronic copy by email to the Planning Commission.
- When this drawing has been received and signed by the Planning Commission and recorded in the land records, you may proceed with your subdivision.
NOTE: This is only a summary of the requirements for a Minor Subdivision. It is not a substitute for the Subdivision Regulations. Under certain circumstances, other regulations may apply.
Major subdivisions, in which the existing property is subdivided into four or more lots, are significantly more complex than minor subdivisions. If you are considering a major subdivision, or if you are a developer or property owner considering selling your property to a developer who intends to proceed with a major subdivision, please obtain and read a copy of the Mount Holly Subdivision Regulations and/or contact the Mount Holly Planning Commission ([email protected]) directly.
We recommend that anyone considering a major subdivision schedule an opportunity to meet with the Planning Commission in advance of making a formal request for hearing.
This is only a summary of the requirements for a Subdivision. It is not a substitute for the Subdivision Regulations. Under certain circumstances, other regulations may apply. Contact the Permit Specialist (802-282-6488) serving our area to identify any other State permits or approvals that are required for your project.
FAILURE TO FILE A SUBDIVISION APPLICATION
The commencement or continuation of any land development that does not meet the requirements of the Town of Mount Holly Subdivision Regulations shall constitute a violation. All violations shall be pursued in accordance with §§4451 and 4452 of the Vermont Municipal and Regional Planning and Development Act or 24 V.S.A. § 1974a and § 1977. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. The Administrator Officer shall institute, in the name of the Town of Mount Holly any appropriate action, injunction or other proceeding to enforce the provisions of these regulations. All fines imposed and collected shall be paid over to the municipality.