Subdivision Creation / Development

Subdivision regulations govern subdivision layout as well as individual design standards for new streets, access management, utilities, and pedestrian ways. They help to conserve natural, historic, and recreational areas. They also set standards for the manner in which public improvements are to be constructed and dictate the responsibility to inspect the construction of improvements to department staff. A primary responsibility of the department is to provide the necessary oversight to keep subdivision regulations effective and current with changing technological and industry advancements.

Effective subdivision regulations result in the provision of quality infrastructure which limits the need for future public expenditures. The department promotes managed growth of well-planned, livable communities, and coordinates the provision of quality public infrastructure and services to citizens of the communities it serves.

Countywide Subdivision Regulations

Subdivision Development Analysis

For more information about the department behind these services see Infrastructure Engineering.

Department Staff

(View the department staff organization chart)

  • vacant - Director of Infrastructure Engineering
  • Rob Zwick, CPII - Senior Infrastructure Inspector 
  • Donald Edwards, CPII - Principal Infrastructure Inspector
  • Steve Lilly, PLS, GISP, CPII - Land Surveying Analyst 
  • Clint Kappesser - Associate Infrastructure Inspector
  • Adam Kirk, AICP - Transportation Engineer
  • Michelle Allender - Infrastructure Assistant/Addressing Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  • See Detail #20 from Standard Construction Drawings for set-up of form work.
  • Compacted DGA (Dense-graded aggregate) is recommended for fill under driveway aprons and sidewalk.
  • A contractor may only utilize a concrete mix that has been approved for use in Kenton County. Ready Mix Concrete suppliers are required to submit mix designs for approval that comply with the subdivision regulations.
  • All driveways/sidewalks are required to be inspected prior to pouring. Please contact PDS at 859-957-2405 to schedule the inspection or for further questions.
A:
  • Maybe, in Kenton County the general requirements are as follows:
    1. The created parcel and remainder must have frontage on a publicly maintained roadway.
    2. The created parcel and remainder must meet the lot area and dimensions required by the applicable zoning ordinance.
    3. The created parcel and remainder must meet the Kenton County Subdivision Regulations.
  • PDS Staff can assist in answering as many questions as possible, but it may take hiring a land surveyor to verify the lot area and dimensions.  The surveyor will ultimately create the subdivision of the property.
  • To find out more information regarding hiring a land surveyor please refer to this document.
A:
  • For minor subdivisions (not involving a new street or public improvements)  refer to the ID Plat Process document.
  • For major subdivisions (new public streets or public improvements) refer to the Final Plat Process document.
A:
  • No - As defined in KRS 100 a consolidation of property is not a subdivision and therefore is not subject to approval.
  • A consolidation deed can be prepared by an attorney with language that clearly spells out the intent of the deed such as follows:

THE PURPOSE OF THIS DEED IS TO CONSOLIDATE THE PARCELS DESCRIBED ABOVE INTO ONE CONSOLIDATED LOT FOR BUILDING DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES, SUCH THAT THE PREVIOUSLY DISTINCT AND SEPARATE PARCELS WILL BE TREATED AS ONE LOT FOR ALL PURPOSES, INCLUDING FOR ZONING AND BUILDING PURPOSES, AND MAY NOT BE HEREAFTER SUBDIVIDED NOR CONVEYED SEPARATELY WITHOUT PROPER REGULATORY APPROVAL.

A:
  • In general, the Subdivision Regulations allow for the following review periods:
    • ID Plat – 10 business days
    • Preliminary Plat – 15 business days
    • Grading Plan - 15 business days
    • Improvement Drawing - 15 business days
    • Final Plat – 10 business days
  • These review periods are affected by other aspects such as other jurisdictional approvals, completion of infrastructure, availability of surveyor/engineer, etc.
A:
  • Please see this guide to help decide.
  • Staff at PDS is available to help you with any additional questions.
A:
  • Staff is required to enforce the Subdivision Regulations.  
  • Subdivisions are required to conform to those regulations. 

It is not staff’s position to determine whether a property meets the requirements of being “land for agricultural use”.  KRS 100.11 defines Agricultural Use. If an interpretation is made that the property is agricultural, and an attorney drafts a deed in accordance, then it could be recorded without requiring KCPC approval.