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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Require replats/lot consolidation?

    So, in my time as a professional planner I have worked for municipalities that required the replating or consolidation of existing lots or parcels when used for one unified development. I also worked in one muni that didn't require replatting/consolidation.

    Example: the auto dealer wants to expand and bought the old restaurant site next door for an expanded building and display/parking lot. Do you require they replat the two lots into one lot or can they just build across the lot lines under the concept of "zoning lot"?
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Cyburbian estromberg's avatar
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    Where I worked we allowed the concept of a zoning lot.

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    If a business buys a lot but doesn't build anything on it we don't require anything. If they intent to build across the property line then we require an affidavit of non-severability. Basically this joins two separate parcels into one without having an attorney rewrite two legal descriptions into one legal description. The Country Recorder appreciates this.
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    Quote Originally posted by estromberg View post
    Where I worked we allowed the concept of a zoning lot.
    Same in all the towns I have worked. It does get interesting when the tax map and perhaps deed ends up with "the western one-half of lot 7, all of lot 6, and the eastern 17.5 feet of lot 8." To keep it all straight you have two maps: the original subdivision plat, and a tax parcel map. Try to explain that to the general citizenry.

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    We do not allow construction on parcel lines. We do allow building up to the parcel line, so theoretically you could build on top of the line. Building regulations requires fire walls for any lot line... which makes construction on top of such lines financially impossible though.
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    No "zoning lots" here. We would require the lots to be combined.

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    Here splits have to be approved by city council, but recombos don't.

    One I know of was recombo'd by the surveyor after building across lot lines (for as-built), but don't know if it was recorded. Property changed hands, but don't know if description was a prob. It should have been brought to me for approval, but the court of record hasn't sent anyone my way.

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    Repalt 2 lots into one with approval by P & Z

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    Cyburbian ursus's avatar
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    I've worked for three municipalities, none of them had the concept of "zoning lots". We would have to require the lot consolidation, though in Utah we can do it through a simple zoning letter accompanying survey work and quit claim deeds. No true re-platting is necessary.

    From what I've read, I think in a city like the one I currently work for "zoning lot" concept would be helpful.
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    We don't do the "zoning lot" We would require the lots to be combined, which is an administrative process.
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