What is a preliminary plat?

A preliminary plat shows the basic layout of the proposed subdivision, including lots, roads and major utilities. City Staff reviews and verifies the lot sizes, the street dimensions and the general location of utilities. At this stage the Planning Department requires traffic concurrency studies. City Staff also looks for wetland problems, floodplains, road configuration, and any other big items that need to be identified early in the development. At this stage, the City negotiates any cost sharing for any major infrastructure improvements or right of way dedication. The applicant does not need to perform full engineering at this point, but they need to have enough to ensure the ponds are sized correctly, the gravity sewer will work properly and the overall subdivision will function properly. Preliminary plats are reviewed by the Development Review Committee (DRC), the Planning and Zoning Board and receive final approval from the City Commission.

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1. What is zoning and how can I find this designation for my property?
2. What is future land use and how can I find this designation for my property?
3. I want to build a shed, carport, addition, or some other structure on my property. The Building Division says I need to confirm my “setbacks”. What are setbacks?
4. What is a “variance” and how can I get one?
5. I would like to place my business in a shopping center. Is my use allowed in this zoning district?
6. Is my property located within the City?
7. What are the code requirements for installing a new sign for my business?
8. What are the parking requirements for my new business?
9. Where can I see all the codes for the City of Winter Garden?
10. I would like to install a fence around my house, what are the steps for a fence permit?
11. Can I annex into the City of Winter Garden?
12. Can I build a structure in a City easement?
13. What are the building setbacks, if my property is located on a lake, conservation area, or wetland?
14. As a business owner, may I display merchandise and/or have outdoor dining tables on a public way (sidewalk)?
15. May I allow customers to have their dogs at my food service establishment?
16. What are the general rules of the consumption and sales of alcoholic beverages?
17. What is a legally non-conforming building, structure or parcel?
18. What is a preliminary plat?
19. What are construction plans for a subdivision?
20. What is a final plat?
21. What is a site plan?
22. What is the Development Review Committee (DRC)?
23. My mortgage company says I am in a flood zone, and need flood insurance. How can the City help me?
24. What is the base flood elevation (BFE) of my property?