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Platting :: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a pre-submittal meeting?

Read the Pre-Submittal Meeting Information sheet (pdf) for step-by-step instructions on how to have an effective pre-submittal meeting.

 What plats require public hearing?

A replat of all or part of a subdivision without vacating the plat requires a “72-hour” public hearing. These plats are subject to petitions of opposition.

Property Owner Notification (“PON”) is required when the following conditions occur:

  • The replat includes property zoned for single or two family uses (“PD” and “D” or more restrictive districts) per lot within the last five years; or,
  • Deed restrictions or covenants limit any lot in the preceding plat for residential uses of two units per lot or less.

In these cases, a notice of the proposed replat is published in the Fort Worth Star Telegram at least 15 days before the public hearing. The City notifies all property owners that are within 200 feet of the property being replatted and within the same subdivision.

The City is required to post the Planning and Zoning Commission Agenda for public view 72 hours before the meeting.

How does a petition of opposition effect plat approval?

A petition of opposition (individual or group) is a protest of the replatting application. For a legal protest, a petition signed by 20 percent of the area of the lots or land immediately adjoining the area covered by the proposed replat and extending 200 feet from that area, but within the original subdivision, must be filed with the Department of Community Development and Planning before the public hearing is closed.

If the proposed replat requires a variance and is legally protested, the proposed replat must receive, for approval, at least three-fourths vote of the members present at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

When should a plat be filed with the County?

All plats (except preliminary plats) are filed with the County as soon as all requirements have been met. However, all plats must be filed with the County within the timeframe shown below, or else they expire. The following shows the lifetime of each plat type:

Plat Type Expiration Period 
Preliminary Plat 2 years from approval date (or 2 years from the filing date of the most recent Final Plat)
Final Plat 1 year from plat submission or the expiration of the preliminary plat, whichever is earlier
Combination Plats, Replats, and Minor Plats 1 year from plat submission
Plat Vacations 1 year from Commission approval date
Amended Plats and Conveyance Plats 6 months from plat submission