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The City’s Subdivision Ordinance provides for the orderly and safe development of all areas within the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction to promote the general welfare of the community.The plat approval process is outlined in the city’s Subdivision Ordinance. Plat approval is required prior to the issuance of any building, plumbing, electrical, or mechanical permit. Unless provided otherwise, the Planning and Zoning Commission is the city’s authority to approve, disapprove, or approve a plat with conditions. Plat applications may be submitted in accordance with the city’s published Submittal Schedule.
In general, the process for plat approval includes the following steps:
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The City of Missouri City, Texas has 3 impact fees in specified areas throughout the city. The collection of these impact fees is done during the platting process for properties located in the Northeast Oyster Creek watershed; the Mustang Bayou City Service area; and the area of the Lake Olympia Parkway Extension. Impact fees are calculated at the time of platting and are required to be paid prior to plat recordation. Impact fees pay back investments made in these areas of the community for certain utility, drainage, and road capacity improvements. For more information regarding impact fees, please email the city's Public Works - Engineering division.
Whenever a final plat for a residential development is filed for recordation, a dedication of land to the city for park purposes is required. A parkland dedication proposal is required to be submitted prior to the submission of a final plat application for a residential subdivision. A parkland dedication proposal is considered by the Parks and Recreation board; followed by the Planning and Zoning Commission; followed by the City Council making the final determination for acceptance. A parkland dedication process can run concurrently with a preliminary plat application however an applicant should discuss such a proposal with city staff prior to submission. For more information on the parkland dedication process, please email the Development Services Department – Planning and Development Division.
New street names are presented and proposed in a subdivision plat that is dedicating right-of-way for public or private street use. The Planning and Zoning Commission may approve or disapprove a street name in accordance with the city’s adopted new street name regulations.
Existing public streets located within the boundaries of the city are generally owned and maintained by the city. The names of public streets may only be changed as initiated by a City Council member or upon petition of 60% or more of property owners owning property along the subject street. Upon initiation or application, the City Council may approve or disapprove a street name in accordance with the city’s adopted existing street name regulations. Street names on private streets may be changed by replat of the subject street. To change the names of streets owned and maintained by other public entities (i.e. - TxDOT, Fort Bend County), a property owner would need to coordinate with the applicable entity for approval.
A plat shows the boundaries and dimensions of multiple parcels of land and does not include improvements or constructed features like building footprints, fences, etc. A survey typically shows a single property with locations of ground features and improvements such as buildings, fences, and driveways.
A copy of your subdivision plat may be obtained in printed or electronic format by contacting the City of Missouri City, the City Secretary’s office, or emailing the Development Services Department - Planning and Development division.
The City of Missouri City does not maintain surveys on file.
A subdivision plat may be used to determine the approximate location of property lines. If you are unable to find any survey markers in the ground at your property, you can hire a licensed land surveyor to help you determine the exact location of a property line. The City of Missouri City cannot certify the exact location of a property line.
A building setback is the distance a building or structure can be from a property line. Building setbacks are established by the zoning use district regulations and are reflected on a subdivision plat. Building setbacks can vary for every subdivision. Building setback lines exist for many reasons including preventing building structures from being built too close to one another, preventing fire from spreading to buildings or homes that are too close together, and serving as utility easements for local power or water companies to gain access to properties where they have their meters. For assistance in determining the building setbacks for your property, please email the Development Services Department - Planning and Development division or call 281-403-8600.