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Johnston County, North Carolina
Planning and Zoning Department


Subdivision Approval Process

GENERAL REGULATION REGARDING LAND USE

Minimum land required for division proposed for residential use is 1.33 acres with public water and 2 acres without a public water source.

No subdivision can create a residential density greater than 1.5 housing units per 1 acre with public water or 1 unit per acre with well water. [Sec 14-75: (b), (1)a and (1)b]

Lots created for single-wide mobile homes may not be permitted for lots less than 1 acre. [Sec 14-75: (b), (2)d.]

Tracts of 100 acres or more can qualify for a special subdivision process, which allows more flexibility in design and development with a Planned Unit Development and a Master Plan. These guidelines can be found in Article 4; Special Uses, Section 14-257 and Article 5; Division 2 Master Plan.

MINOR SUBDIVISIONS

Minor subdivisions are a division of a tract creating three or fewer lots from a tract created prior to September 2000 [Sec 14-151 thru 14-154].

The minor subdivision approval process is as follows:

    1. SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS
      1. 1 - 18 x 24 paper copy of preliminary plat
      2. Fee $93.75 (Fees subject to change, as set by annual fee schedule)

    2. TECHNICAL REVIEW

Planning Staff will review the development proposals for conformance with local development regulations. The planning director can make conditional approval requirements.

  • FINAL PLAT REVIEW

Administrative review of the plat by the county review agencies and review officer is required. Final plat is subject to county mapping requirements [Sec 14-230, 14-231].

  • RECORDATION OF FINAL PLAT

Once all reviewers have endorsed the final plat it must be recorded with the Register of Deeds.

Page last updated: April 16, 2021

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Land Use Center
309 E. Market Street
Smithfield, NC 27577

(919) 989-5150
planning@johnstonnc.com