Who should submit a plat?
Prior to a formal submittal, county staff is willing to examine concept layouts, preliminary site plans, or sketch plans. Cities, developers, project consultants, or property owners can submit this type of draft information. The benefit of an early review is that many issues can be identified and possibly resolved prior to the formal plat review process (often speeding up all subsequent reviews).
For formal plat reviews, either the city or developer can submit the plat. However, all follow-up communication will be directly with the city.
How should a plat be submitted?
The preferred method to submit a plat is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a hard copy needs to be submitted, it can be sent to:
Hennepin County Public Works
Transportation Planning Division
1600 Prairie Drive
Medina, MN 55340-5421
What should be included?
To be complete, plat submittals to the county should include a transmittal letter and a legible plan set.
The transmittal letter should include:
- City contact person
- Dates of upcoming city actions such as planning commission or city council meetings
- Date of desired response from the county (if prior to the 30 days allowed by state statute)
It is also helpful to provide a brief history and detail of any staff evaluations.
The location map should show the site relative to area roadways.
Site plan map and plan set
A site plan map and plan set with scaled dimensions authenticated by a registered engineer or land surveyor showing:
- Date, title, scale and north arrow
- All existing and proposed property lines
- Lot dimensions, right-of-ways and easements
- Existing centerline and paved area of the county roadway (which is not always centered in the right-of-way)
- Proposed development building footprints
- Parking lot layouts, including aisle configuration
- Locations of ingress and egress to the proposed platted area including existing and proposed driveway locations
- Locations of other nearby driveways, street intersections and access points on the county roadway in the vicinity of the proposed plat, including driveways immediately adjacent to or across from the proposed plat
- The outlet for and means of disposal of surface waters from the proposed platted area
The submittal should also include a written description of the current and proposed use of the property including land use type (commercial, industrial, residential, etc.) and specific uses (discount store, convenience center, etc.) if known.
If the plat is for non-residential uses, include an estimate of the amount of daily traffic the development is expected to generate.