Land Division

landidivisionIn Wisconsin, parcels of land are created by recording either a final Plat or a Certified Survey Map (CSM). Prior to the final approval of a Plat or CSMs, a preliminary Plat or CSM is required to show the generalized concept for how a subdivision will be laid out (street layouts, lot configurations, open spaces, etc.). In considering approval of a Plat or CSM, the City must consider all the impacts the proposed subdivision will have on furthering the objectives of adopted City plans and the impacts the proposed subdivision will have on the City’s ability to provide municipal services. In most cases, the subdivision of land requires that the subject property be served with a full range of urban services.  For more information on the land division procedures in the City of Green Bay, see Chapter 14 of the City of Green Bay’s Municipal Code: Subdivision and Platting

Points to Consider

There are a number of issues you should consider when designing your land division and preparing your application, including:
♦ What is the zoning and minimum parcel size?
♦ What are the application fees?
♦ What are the fees under the City’s development policy?
♦ Who can prepare the map?
♦ Would the project raise environmental concerns?
♦ Is the site near any hazards? (creeks, ESAs, airports, floodplain)
♦ What is the availability of utilities? (water, sewer, gas, etc)
♦ Are the roads adequate?

Process Overview

1. Discuss Project with City Planning staff
Please talk with Planning staff before proceeding with any plat or certified survey map.

2. Submit a Subdivision Application
Submit your application to the Planning Division to begin the formal review process.

What to include: 

  • A completed Request for City Action form (pdf)
  • A completed land division check list (pdf)
  • The review fee (make check payable to City of Green Bay)
  • Map Copies drawn by a Wisconsin-registered land surveyor per the requirements in Wis. Stats. Sec. 236 and Green Bay Municipal code (Chapter 14)
    • Preliminary Plat – Digital Copy, 2 11″ x 17″ reduced-size copies
      • Erosion Control Plan (if required, 2 copies)
      • Conceptual Grading Plan (if required, 2 copies)
      • Stormwater Management Plan (if required, 2 copies)
    • Pre-Final Plat –  Digital Copy only
    • Final plat –  Digital Copy, 1 full size original
    • CSM – Digital Copy, 2 11″ x 17″ reduced-size copies
      • Erosion Control Plan (if required, 2 copies)
      • Conceptual Grading Plan (if required, 2 copies)
      • Stormwater Management Plan (if required, 2 copies)

3. Subdivision Review
Land Divisions are reviewed by City departments for compliance with City ordinances and policies and adopted City plans. As a CSM is a minor land divisions that can be used instead of a final plat to create a maximum of four parcels from an original parcel of property in a five-year period, most CSMs are administratively approved within 45 days of the submittal of a complete application. Plats typically take 60-90 days to process.

4. Subdivision Approval
If the land division request is approved, the Planning Division will send the applicant a letter outlining the conditions of approval. In order for the City to sign the final land division, the conditions in the letter will have to be met as verified by City staff.

5. Recording Final Plats and Certified Survey Maps
Once the conditions of approval of the final plat or CSM have been verified by City agencies, the Planning Director or his/her designee signs the land division before recording proceeds. Once all of the necessary City signatures have been completed, the land division may be recorded at the Register of Deeds Office.