Preliminary Plats

Time Required

The average time required to complete the preliminary plat review process varies between 45 to 90 days. The applicant should consult the Planning Department for advice regarding the feasibility of the proposed subdivision. A copy of the City of Midland’s Subdivision Control Ordinance should be given to the applicant as it contains detailed instructions of this procedure.



Submits 5 copies of the preliminary plat in 24”x36” size, 1 copy of the preliminary plat in 11”x17” size, and a letter of submittal to the City Planning Department along with a $75 filing fee. Checks should be made payable to The City of Midland.

Planning Department

  • Sets a public hearing date for the plat review; the date shall be at the first opportunity possible, but not less than 15 days from submission
  • Places a notice of the hearing in the newspaper at least 10 days prior to the date of the hearing
  • The proprietor and all abutting property owners are notified of the public hearing by first class mail at least 10 days prior to the hearing
  • Prepares a staff report for the Planning Commission

Planning Commission

  • Conducts a public hearing
  • Recommends approval, approval with conditions, or disapproval of the preliminary plat to the City Council

City Council

  • Receives the recommendation and proposed preliminary plat from the Planning Commission
  • Tentatively approves, tentatively approves with modifications, or disapproves the preliminary plat review within 90 days of filing


  • Takes preliminary plat to the Water Department for approval
  • If approved, applies to the City Council for final preliminary plat approval
  • City Council will approve the final plat once the Planning Director certifies that it is in conformance with the preliminary plat