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Texas cities and counties routinely require developers and landowners to prepare plats and get them approved and recorded, before dividing-up or developing land. The plat and subdivision process can be confusing, time-consuming and expensive. This topic will first map-out the regulatory framework for plats and then focus on the plat process, with practical tips on doing "due diligence," preparing plat filings, getting approvals and dealing with special problems like unaccepted "paper" streets and old residential restrictions. This topic will also cover current "hot" platting topics, including ETJ regulations, vested rights, taking-by-flooding cases, development agreements and exactions (paying costs of infrastructure).
- You will be able to define the types of Texas plats and the approval authorities.
- You will be able to describe the key steps in the platting process, including "due diligence" and filings.
- You will be able to discuss hot topics in Texas platting, including regulations in ETJ areas, flood-taking cases, vested rights, development agreements and exactions.
- You will be able to explain the relationship of platting to other regulations, e.g., zoning, building codes, tree regulations, covenants, etc.