What is a plat?

A plat is the division of land into lots and blocks and the establishment of any required setbacks (separation between a property line and a structure), easements (an interest in land owned by another that entitles its holder to a specific limited use) and public rights-of-way. A plat is recorded as a legal document that includes both a legal description of the property and a survey. Property that has been platted can be transferred between interested parties and provides a potential owner with some assurance the property is most likely legally developable for the uses for which it zoned.

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1. How do I apply for a zoning action on my property?
2. How do I know what uses are allowed on my property?
3. How do I obtain a letter that verifies the zoning on my property?
4. How do I obtain copies of a CUP, PUD, or PO?
5. What is a Community Unit Plan (CUP)?
6. What is a Conditional Use?
7. What is a Planned Unit Development (PUD)?
8. What is a plat?
9. What is a Protective Overlay (PO)?
10. What is a Variance?
11. What is an Administrative Adjustment?
12. What is Development Review?
13. What is the life cycle of a zoning action?
14. What zoning actions go to District Advisory Boards or County Advisory Boards?