Subdivision Regulations

Residential Zones


The City of Oak Hill has six (6) main residential zones, all for single-family dwellings:
  • Zone A = 10,000 square foot, or roughly a quarter acre minimum per single-family residence    
  • Zone B = 20,000 square foot, or roughly half an acre minimum per single-family residence
  • Zone C = 1 acre minimum per single-family residence
  • Zone D = 2 acre minimum per single-family residence
  • Zone E = 3 acre minimum per single-family residence
  • Zone F = 4 acre minimum per single-family residence

Requests


Each zone has its own setbacks, lot coverage, and height limitations. Contact a City staff member for more information on any of the listed zones.
  • Following the meeting, if a subdivision or recombination of properties is requested, the interested party can apply to the Planning Commission for approval of subdivision and/or recombination. The initial information needed to be placed on the Planning Commission agenda must be in the City office 30 days prior to the meeting and includes:
    • 4 copies of the proposed plat drawn to scale with all notes required. See the Oak Hill Subdivision Regulations available in City Hall.
    • 4 copies of a letter describing the project and its future
    • Soil studies for the possibility of steep slope issues
    • The filing fees are available on The City of Oak Hill Schedule of Permit fees.
  • After the initial review, comments will be available one week after the deadline. At this point the applicant has one week to answer/respond to the comments and turn in 4 additional copies of the response and updated plans.
  • The applicant, or their designated agent, must appear at the Planning Commission meeting to discuss the combination/subdivision. If there is no one to discuss the request, it will be tabled until the next month.
  • If the final plat is approved, new copies are needed for registration of the new plat and records in City Hall.

For Steep Slope Requests


Oak Hill has several areas with slopes in excess of 15 percent elevation changes. Any property that has these 15 percent slopes is considered a steep slope lot, and has special circumstances to be built, improved, or subdivided. A soil analysis will need to be taken in different areas of the property to check for soil stability and alluvial soil.

For new subdivisions that include steep slopes, a 2 acre per lot requirement is enforced to keep soil stability in the proposed area. Depending on the soil tests and/or slopes, the Planning Commission may set a maximum of 10 percent for development. Lot development is to be kept to only the building envelope for the proposed structures, and the natural vegetation shall be preserved to the maximum extent possible. Please read for further information the Steep Slope section within the Oak Hill Zoning Ordinances for requirements and development standards.

Requests


For the Planning Commission to hear a request, the initial information needed at a minimum is as follows:
  • 4 copies of the site plan drawn by a surveyor or engineer showing:
    • Existing and proposed structures, including the impervious surface percentages
    • Topographic information at 5 feet intervals
    • Extent of natural tree and vegetation coverage — existing and proposed to be removed
    • Location and extent of colluvial soil areas
    • Type and location of erosion control measures
  • 4 elevation drawings and floor plans of the proposed structures
  • 4 drawings of the footings and/or retaining wall structures
  • 4 letters describing the proposed work/subdivision/combination
  • 2 sets of the soil analysis — 1 for the City Engineer and another for the files
All information is due in thirty 30 days prior to the meeting date for adequate review time, and an application will be filled out at that time with a member of the City Staff. The filing fees are available on The City of Oak Hill Schedule of Permit Fees. After the initial review, comments will be available one week after the deadline. At this point the applicant has one week to answer/respond to the comments and turn in 4 additional copies of the response and updated plans.

For the Radnor Lake Impact Zone


Radnor Lake State Natural Area is a park run by state officials, and kept in its natural state for preservation of the wildlife within its boundaries. When any property backs up to the Radnor Lake State Natural Area, it falls under the protection of the Radnor Lake Impact Zone. The Planning Commission has the duty of keeping the visual and watershed impact to an absolute minimum, meaning all new construction is to be kept so that ridge lines and cleared areas are as minimal as possible for visibility from the natural area.

When a new residence, addition, or subdivision is planned for an area falling under this ordinance, the Planning Commission must approve it. Consequently, it is possible for a subdivision to have both steep slope ordinance requirements and these impact ordinance requirements apply to it.

Requests


The initial information needed to be heard on this ordinance before the Planning Commission is as follows:
  • 4 copies of the site plan drawn by a surveyor or engineer showing:
    • Existing and proposed structures, including impervious surface percentages
    • Topographic information at 5 feet intervals
    • Extent of natural tree and vegetation coverage — existing and proposed to be removed
    • Location and extent of alluvial soil areas
    • Type and location of erosion control measures
  • 4 elevation drawings and floor plans of the proposed structures
  • 4 letters describing the proposed work/subdivision/combination
All information is to be turned in 30 days prior to the meeting date for adequate review time, and an application will be made at that time with the City Staff. After the initial review, comments will be available 1 week after the deadline. At this point the applicant has 1 week to answer/respond to the comments and turn in 4 additional copies of the response and updated plans.


Conditional Use Permits for Churches and Schools


The Planning Commission looks at the details of the requests for Conditional Use Permits of churches and schools. New parking, drainage, traffic control, and lot coverage percentages are the main focus for this body.


Requests


For the Planning Commission, the initial information required would need to be turned in 30 days prior to the meeting and include, if not all:

  • 4 copies of the site plan drawn to scale, with all existing and/or proposed structures and drives
  • 4 copies of the construction prints showing elevation drawings and floor plans, drawn to scale
  • Traffic studies
  • Topographic information of the property
  • Impervious vs. previous land coverage percentages
  • Drainage calculations

The applicant must come into the City office to fill out the application form with a staff member. After the initial review, comments will be available one week after the deadline. At this point the applicant has 1 week to answer/respond to the comments and turn in 4 additional copies of the response and updated plans. If approved by both the Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission, the project can go forward, including any stipulations imposed by the Board of Zoning Appeals or Planning Commission, and a building permit can be issued the following day for work to commence. The information needed in obtaining a building permit for the proposed work will be in accordance with the materials listed in the Permits area.