Subdividing or short platting property involves review by the City's Planning, Community and Economic Development, and Fire, Public Works, and Building Departments. Most short plats are reviewed administratively, whereas formal subdivisions (10 or more lots) require a public hearing. Prior to submittal of a formal application, an informal preliminary meeting with city staff (Development Review Group) is generally required. The purpose of this meeting is to identify potential issues and requirements for the proposal. Some topics of review include zoning requirements, such as minimum lot sizes and maximum density permitted; potential critical areas; tree preservation; and access, utility and stormwater requirements and improvements; etc. The City permit center has information sheets, application checklists and forms for different kinds of development proposals.