Partition Your Land into Three or Less Lots

If you want to divide your property into three or fewer parcels of land, then you need to apply for a partition. The approval process starts with the tentative plan review outlined below and ends with finalizing your land survey.

Step 1: Tentative plan review

An application for a partition tentative plan is processed as a Type II Procedure under Salem Revised Code (SRC) Chapter 300.

Process

  • Application. You must submit all required items listed in the application checklist section below to the Permit Application Center.

  • Completeness review. Staff reviews your application for completeness.

    • If the application is not complete, you will be notified as to what information is missing and will have 180 days to submit the additional information.

    • If all of the required information is submitted and the application is considered complete, a notice, indicating a public comment period of 14 days, is sent out to the you, the property owner, the neighborhood association, and all neighboring property owners within 250 feet.

    • You may track the status of your application online at the City of Salem permit tracking webpage.

  • Conformance review. Once a complete application is submitted, staff reviews the proposed partition plan to determine if it meets the criteria in SRC 205.005(d).

  • Decision. The Planning Administrator makes a decision to approve or deny your application depending on whether or not the proposal meets the applicable criteria.

    • Staff sends a copy of the decision (noting the 15-day appeal period) to you, the property owner, the neighborhood association, and to all neighboring property owners within 250 feet.

    • If you decide not to appeal the decision and the City Council does not initiate review of the application, the partition tentative plan decision becomes effective.

Application Checklist

You need to apply in person at the Permit Application Center, bringing the following:

  • Completed land use application form. The application form must be signed by the:

    • Applicant(s)

    • Property owner(s)

    • Duly authorized representative(s).

    • If the applicant and/or the property owner are a Limited Liability Company (LLC), you must also provide a list of all members of the LLC with your land use application.

  • Application fee. You must pay the application fee when you file your application.

  • Recorded deed/land sales contract with legal description. You must submit a copy of the recorded deed/land sales contract of your total contiguous ownership.

  • Trip Generation Estimate form. You must complete a TGE form and submit it to the Traffic Engineering section of the Public Works Department (Room 325). Staff will decide whether or not a Transportation Impact Analysis is necessary.

    • If a TIA is not required, you must submit the completed and approved TGE form with your application.

    • If a TIA is required, the TIA must be completed and approved by Public Works prior to completion of all land use applications.

  • Written statement. You must provide a written statement that describes your proposal and how it meets the criteria for a partition tentative plan [SRC 205.005(d)]:

    • Your partition tentative plan complies with the standards of SRC Chapter 205 and all applicable provisions of the Unified Development Code (UDC), including, but not limited to the following:

      • Lot standards (lot width, depth, lot frontage, designation of front and rear lot lines, etc.)

      • City infrastructure standards

      • Any special development standards (floodplain development, special setback, geological or geotechnical analysis, vision clearance, etc.).

    • Your partition tentative plan does not impede the future use or development of the property or adjacent land.

    • Development within the partition tentative plan can be adequately served by City infrastructure.

    • The street system in and adjacent to the partition tentative plan conforms to the Salem Transportation System Plan.

    • The street system in and adjacent to the partition tentative plan is designed so as to provide for the safe, orderly, and efficient circulation of traffic into, through, and out of the partition.

    • The partition tentative plan takes into account the topography and vegetation of the site so the need for variances or adjustments is minimized to the greatest extent practicable.

    • The layout, size, and dimensions of the parcels within the partition tentative plan take into account the topography and vegetation of the site, such that the least disruption of the site, topography, and vegetation will occur from the reasonable development of the parcels.

    • When the partition tentative plan is for property located more than 300 feet from an available sewer main, and the property will not connect to City water and sewer:

      • The property is zoned residential;

      • The property has received a favorable site evaluation from the county sanitarian for the installation of an on-site sewage disposal system;

      • The proposed parcels are at least 5 acres in size and, except for flag lots, have no dimension that is less than 100 feet.

  • Title report. You must provide a current title report for the property.

  • Tree inventory and tree conservation plan. You must complete and submit a tree inventory on a form as provided by the Director and, if required under SRC Chapter 808, a tree conservation plan.

  • Geological assessment or geotechnical report. You must submit a geological assessment or geo-technical report if required by SRC Chapter 810.

  • Proposed stormwater management system. You must submit a description of the proposed stormwater management system, including pre- and post-construction conditions, prepared in accordance with the Public Works Design Standards.

  • Schematic utility plan. You must submit a schematic plan showing the location of existing and proposed City infrastructure.

  • Future division plan.

    • For residentially zoned property, where the partition will result in a parcel that is one-half acre or larger, you must submit a plan for the parcel showing the location of a lot or parcel lines and other details of layouts, and demonstrating that future further division of the parcel may readily be made without violating the development standards of the UDC and without interfering with the orderly extension and connection of adjacent streets.

    • For partitions of property located more than 300 feet from an available sewer main, and the property will not connect to the City water or sewer, you must provide a plan showing:

      • The location of lot lines and other details of layout demonstrating that the further division and full development of the property to the urban densities allowed by the Comprehensive Plan may readily be made in conformance with the development standards of the UDC, and without interfering with the orderly extension and connection of adjacent streets.

      • The approximate location of City infrastructure following full development to the urban densities allowed by the Comprehensive Plan.

  • Partition tentative plan. You must submit two copies of the partition tentative plan. One copy must be either 22 inches or 24 inches by 36 inches, and the other copy should be reproducible and no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. The plan must include the following information:

    • Title Block Area that indicates:

      • The type of application (i.e., "Partition Tentative Plan")

      • The names and addresses of the landowner

      • The names and addresses of the professional engineers or surveyors responsible for preparing the plan, the township, range and section of the subject property

      • Scale and north arrow

    • The location of all property lines within 50 feet of the perimeter of the subject property

    • The boundaries, dimensions, and area of each proposed parcel

    • The location, width, and names of all existing streets, flag lot accessways, and public accessways abutting the perimeter of the subject property

    • The location, width, curve radius, grade, and names of all proposed streets, flag lot accessways, and public accessways

    • The location of all existing and proposed easements

    • The location, dimensions and use of all existing and proposed public areas, including, but not limited to, stormwater management facilities, detention facilities

    • The location, dimensions, and use of any existing buildings and structures on the subject property, indicating which will remain and which will be removed

    • The location of any canals, ditches, waterways, detention facilities, sewage disposal systems, and wells on the subject property, indicating which will remain and which will be removed or decommissioned

    • The location of any natural topographic features on the subject property, including, but not limited to, creeks, drainage ways as shown on the most recent USGS maps, wetlands as shown on the Local Wetland Inventory, and flood plains.

Step 2: Finalize your land survey (plat)

Once you have tentative plan approval, you will work with the City’s Public Works Department and your land surveyor to finalize your land survey and record your plat.

Learn how to finalize your land survey

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