Chapter 14.19
SHORT SUBDIVISION – MANDATORY IMPROVEMENTS

Sections:

14.19.010    Private Road Width and Construction Standards

14.19.030    Private Road Construction – Stacked Short Subdivisions

14.19.050    Hammerhead Turnaround – Emergency Vehicles

14.19.060    Private Roads – Screening from Adjacent Property

14.19.070    Storm Drainage Improvements

14.19.010 Private Road Width and Construction Standards

In short subdivisions where more than two (2) lots will have access from a private access easement or where two (2) short subdivisions are developed side by side, the private access easement shall conform to, and be constructed to, the following standards:

A.    The private access road shall be constructed to the standards in Chapter 11.05 SMC, Road Standards.

B.    At the request of the applicant, the width of the private access easement and the paved width of the roadway may be decreased subject to the approval of both Directors under the following circumstances:

1.    Where an existing house constricts the access easement.

2.    The access easement may be reduced to save trees of eight (8) inches in caliper or greater, as measured four (4) feet from their base, on the properties.

3.    Unique conditions on the property as determined by the Directors.

4.    Approval of the request does not adversely impact the health, safety, and welfare of the residents within the short subdivision and the operations of the public road. (Ord. 09-1012 § 1 (Exh. A))

14.19.030 Private Road Construction – Stacked Short Subdivisions

Private access easements serving two (2) short subdivisions stacked one (1) after the other, fronting on only one (1) public right-of-way, shall be constructed to the following standards.

A.    The private access road shall be constructed to the standards in Chapter 11.05 SMC, Road Standards.

B.    At the request of the applicant, the width of the private access easement and the paved width of the roadway may be decreased subject to the approval of both Directors under the following circumstances:

1.    Where an existing house constricts the access easement.

2.    Where the required width of the access easement would create a building footprint of less than twenty (20) feet in width, not including required building setback requirements, the width of the access easement may be reduced to provide the twenty (20) foot building footprint.

3.    The access easement may be reduced to save trees of eight (8) inches in caliper or greater, as measured four (4) feet from their base, on the properties.

4.    Unique conditions on the property as determined by the Directors.

5.    Approval of the request does not adversely impact the health, safety, and welfare of the residents within the short subdivision or the operations of the public road. (Ord. 09-1012 § 1 (Exh. A))

14.19.050 Hammerhead Turnaround – Emergency Vehicles

A turnaround for emergency vehicles shall be required within a short subdivision without access to public streets pursuant to Chapter 11.05 SMC, Road Standards. The hammerhead turnaround shall be paved and shall be constructed to the dimensions in accordance with Chapter 11.05 SMC, Road Standards. (Ord. 09-1012 § 1 (Exh. A))

14.19.060 Private Roads – Screening from Adjacent Property

In short subdivisions of three (3) or more lots, a fence, as approved by the Director, shall be installed between the private access easement and adjacent single-family lot/s along the length of the easement. Two-thirds (2/3) of the cost of the fence shall be borne by the developer of the short plat, with the adjacent property owner responsible for one-third (1/3) of the cost of the fence. The height of the fence shall conform to the requirements of SMC 15.13.080(F). No fence shall be required under the following circumstances:

A.    If the fence will result in the need to remove existing trees or landscaping.

B.    If the adjacent property owner/s state in writing that they do not want a new fence installed.

C.    If the adjacent property owner/s do not want to pay for one-third (1/3) of the cost of the fence. Adjacent property owners shall be notified by the City by certified mail requesting a response whether or not they want to pay for the fencing.

If the adjacent property owner/s do not want to pay for one-third (1/3) of the cost of the fence, and the applicant/developer still wants to install a fence, then the cost of fence shall be borne by the applicant/developer.

(Ord. 09-1012 § 1 (Exh. A))

14.19.070 Storm Drainage Improvements

Storm drainage improvements shall be provided pursuant to SMC Title 12. (Ord. 09-1012 § 1 (Exh. A))