Chapter 18.28
IMPROVEMENT STANDARDS GENERALLY

Sections:

18.28.010    Drawings required.

18.28.020    Installation prior to final plat approval.

18.28.030    Contract required for dedicated improvements.

18.28.040    Street and roadway standards.

18.28.050    Sidewalks.

18.28.060    Pedestrian/bicycle ways.

18.28.070    Driveway entrances.

18.28.080    Utility installation generally.

18.28.090    Easements.

18.28.100    Water system.

18.28.110    Sanitary sewer.

18.28.120    Storm drainage and surface water runoff.

18.28.130    Electrical and communication facilities.

18.28.140    Street lights and name signs.

18.28.150    Repealed.

18.28.160    Flood control.

18.28.170    Erosion and slide corrective measures.

18.28.180    Monumentation.

18.28.190    Connection to accepted street.

18.28.200    Street trees.

18.28.210    Preservation of existing vegetation.

18.28.010 Drawings required.

The developer shall submit to the city engineer profiles of the proposed streets, drainage plans, and right-of-way section drawings, including utility line placement, for approval before any ground work is begun. All design drawings shall be prepared by a state of Washington registered professional engineer. Because as-built underground utility locations sometimes differ significantly from original designs, the developer shall submit to the city engineer as-built drawings of all underground utility placements upon completed installations of said utilities. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.010].

18.28.020 Installation prior to final plat approval.

Prior to the submission of a final plat for approval, all streets, alleys, sidewalks, storm drainage, utilities, monumentation, street lights, street trees, and any other improvements specified hereunder shall be installed and completed by the subdivider to the satisfaction of the public works director. Such improvements shall meet the standards specified in this chapter.

A performance bond in the amount of 150 percent of the value of the incomplete required improvements may be posted in lieu of installation of improvements; and further provided, that such bond is recommended by the public works director and approved by the city council. The performance bond shall specify exactly what improvements are covered and a time schedule for completion; however, at no time should the bond be for more than a one year period. A performance bond shall not be accepted in lieu of installation of required private access and private water and sewer service lines for infill housing lots approved under Chapter 20.28 BMC. [Ord. 2009-08-048; Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.020].

18.28.030 Contract required for dedicated improvements.

All improvements constructed by a subdivider which are to be dedicated to the city shall be constructed in accordance with a contract between the subdivider and the city, providing at least:

A. Terms and conditions satisfactory to the city, including design and construction standards;

B. Requiring a permit to be issued before commencement of construction; and

C. In the discretion of the director of public works, appropriate security may be required, covering construction performance and guaranteeing the construction after completion for a period of one year. The security requirement cannot be waived, however, if lots are to be sold before the construction is completed. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Ord. 9234 § 4, 1983; Ord. 8792 § 4, 1979].

18.28.040 Street and roadway standards.

All existing streets adjacent to a subdivision shall be brought to no less than the “three-fourths” standard specified in Chapter 13.04 BMC, as amended. All new streets and alleys within the subdivision shall be of the width and quality to meet the full standards of the city. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.040].

18.28.050 Sidewalks.

The minimum sidewalk width shall be five feet. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.050].

18.28.060 Pedestrian/bicycle ways.

Pedestrian/bicycle ways may be required where blocks are exceptionally large or where there is a need for pedestrian/bicycle access in areas other than along streets. Such ways shall be at least three feet in width and surfaced with hard, dust-free, level material acceptable for walking and biking. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.060].

18.28.070 Driveway entrances.

The subdivider and/or developer shall predetermine the location of all driveway entrances prior to approval of construction plans, and driveway indentations shall be made at the same time the sidewalks are constructed. Predetermined driveway location may not be necessary when rolled curbs are used, but the public works department reserves the right to prohibit driveway locations which are too close to an intersection street. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.070].

18.28.080 Utility installation generally.

All utilities (water, sewer, electrical, gas, and cable) shall be installed to the property line prior to acceptance of public improvements. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.080].

18.28.090 Easements.

The subdivider shall reserve a strip of land seven feet in width lying adjacent to each exterior side of all dedicated public rights-of-way included in any plat. Said lands shall be recorded as public easements and used primarily for the installation of required service utilities. Any and all franchised utilities, including city utilities, shall rightfully have access to and may use easements. Exclusive use rights cannot be granted to any single or combination of utilities. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.090].

18.28.100 Water system.

A. A complete water distribution system shall be installed. Such system shall be adequate to serve the area being platted. The connection to each lot from the meter box to the main shall be maintained by and kept within the exclusive control of the city. All water mains in the subdivision shall be constructed in conformance with all appropriate codes and standards.

B. All water lines and services shall be placed prior to improvement of the streets and constructed in accordance with the appropriate codes and standards of the city of Bellingham. The developer shall pay the flat rate charge for water services at the time the completed services are installed. [Ord. 2009-08-048; Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.100].

18.28.110 Sanitary sewer.

A sanitary sewer system shall be installed in such a manner where each and every building in which people live, congregate, or are employed shall have a separate connection to the public sewer. All sewer mains in the subdivision shall be constructed in conformance with all appropriate codes and standards. [Ord. 2009-08-048; Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.110].

18.28.120 Storm drainage and surface water runoff.

Drainage facilities for controlling storm drainage and surface water runoff and associated erosion shall comply with the ordinances of the city relating to drainage, including but not limited to the submission and approval of plans, and the construction of drainage facilities. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Ord. 8827 § 21, 1980; Code 1980 at § 18.24.120].

18.28.130 Electrical and communication facilities.

In all subdivisions, adequate and satisfactory installation of electric power and communication facilities shall be required. All such facilities shall be installed underground except for the following:

A. Electric utility substations, pad mounted transformers and switching facilities;

B. Electric transmission systems of a voltage of 55 KV or more;

C. TV cable amplifiers;

D. Telephone pedestals, cross-connect terminals, repeaters and cable warning signs;

E. Street lighting standards;

F. Traffic-control equipment;

G. Temporary services for construction. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.130].

18.28.140 Street lights and name signs.

The subdivider shall install at his expense street lights and street name signs to the satisfaction of the technical review committee, and such facilities shall conform to the standards of the city of Bellingham. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.140].

18.28.150 Street naming.

Repealed by Ord. 2013-06-044. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.150].

18.28.160 Flood control.

Land which the commission has found to be unsuitable due to flooding, bad drainage, or swamp conditions likely to be harmful to the safety, welfare, and general health of future residents, and which the commission considers inappropriate for development, shall not be subdivided unless adequate means of control have been formulated by the subdivider and approved by the city engineer. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.160].

18.28.170 Erosion and slide corrective measures.

In the event the land to be subdivided has a slope or slopes of more than 20 percent and/or has rock or unstable soil conditions, the subdivider shall furnish soils data to the city engineer. If conditions warrant control measures to correct slide, erosion, or other similar problems, the subdivider is responsible for the design, installation, and expense of any device or corrective measure subject to approval of the city engineer. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.170].

18.28.180 Monumentation.

Permanent control monuments shall be established at each and every controlling corner on the boundaries of the parcel of land being subdivided, and in the centers of all intersecting streets. Additional monuments shall be installed if requested by the city engineer. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.180].

18.28.190 Connection to accepted street.

All subdivisions are required to be connected to an accepted city street. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.190].

18.28.200 Street trees.

Street trees shall be provided by the subdivider in all subdivisions within the dedicated public utility easements adjacent to the street. There shall be a minimum of two trees per lot and street trees shall be selected, installed and maintained in accordance with the standard engineering specifications. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.200].

18.28.210 Preservation of existing vegetation.

The subdivision shall be so designed as to preserve the greatest amount of existing on-site vegetation, including trees with trunk diameter of six inches or greater, and other natural ground cover. Trees removed shall be replaced where practical. All plats shall comply with the provisions of the land clearing chapter, Chapter 16.60 BMC. [Ord. 10833 § 1, 1997; Code 1980 at § 18.24.210].