Buffalo's City Council passed two Ordinances on second reading designed to define a “compliance plat” and then explain how it changes city code.
City Planning Director Lynn Barrett told the council at their last meeting, that the changes to city code came up when landowner Neil Schiche approached the city for a building permit to build a house on his property which has since been determined not to have been platted.
Ordinance No. 1368 ans 1369 were drafted by Barrett and modeled after a similar Ordinance in Sheridan to address he issue, giving landowners a low-cost alternative to file a plat on their land to avoid a costly minor subdivision filing. The existing filing fee for a minor subdivision is $1,000 and the proposed filing fee for a compliance plat would be $150 if approved by the council.
Landowner Neil Schiche spoke to the council, saying he believes the Ordinances containing the compliance plats as proposed are too cumbersome and should be simplified.
After some discussion the council voted 3-2 to accept the Ordinances on second reading, but encouraged the planner to look into possibly simplifying them before this week's council meeting for review.
Voting against were Councilmen Russ Humphrey and Dave Long.