The Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night recommended the Rolla City Council approve the plat of a “flag lot” requested by Pathways Community Healthcare.

The 2.5-acre lot, zoned C-1 (neighborhood commercial district), is located near the intersection of 10th Street and Green Tree Road on the southwest corner adjacent to the fire station.

The term “flag lot” has nothing to do with flying a banner. It refers to the shape of the lot. Allowed by the Planning and Zoning Code, a flag lot permits the splitting of a lot into two by platting it as a minor subdivision.

The new lot at the rear of the property becomes the “flag” and the access to the street assumes the shape of the “flagpole.”

“Basically, this provision permits a lot split which, by establishing a second lot, allows the rear of the property to be utilized for development by providing vehicular access to public right of way,” Community Development Director John Petersen explained.

The commission unanimously recommended the council approve the final plat of Pathways Addition, a minor subdivision, being a re-subdivision of Lot 2, Pope Addition.