WHAT DO I DO FIRST?
Generally, the first step in subdividing or developing your land should be to visit the Susquehanna County Planning Office. The staff will advise you in all of the steps involved and will give you names and telephone numbers of people you will need to contact.
DO I NEED A SURVEY?
All subdivisions and land developments require a plan (map) to be prepared by a Pennsylvania Registered Land Surveyor. Your contract with the surveyor should specify the development of a plan that meets the subdivision and land development requirements of both the County and State.
DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?
It is always a good idea to have the advice of an attorney for real estate transactions. If you are conveying a lot or lots to another party. you will probably need an attorney to handle the legal matters.
WHO REVIEWS MY PLAN?
The Planning Commission staff is responsible for initial review of all plans. The Township or Borough is given the opportunity to comment on the plan. Certain minor subdivisions can be approved or disapproved “in house” by the Planning Director. Otherwise, the plan is taken to the next regular meeting of the Planning Commission, provided that the plan has been submitted at least 10 working days prior to the Planning Commission meeting.
HOW LONG DOES THE APPROVAL PROCESS TAKE?
You should expect to complete the process in 4 to 6 months. Surveyors usually have a waiting list. Sewer planning can take up to 90 days. The County has 90 days to review your plan.
ARE THERE FEES?
Surveyors and attorneys will charge you for their services. Townships and Boroughs collect fees for perc tests and permits. The County levies a small charge to cover the cost of plan review.
WHEN CAN I START TO BUILD OR DEVELOP?
Only after you have received a letter from the Susquehanna County Planning Commission approving your plan.