Chapter 30.23A
URBAN RESIDENTIAL DESIGN STANDARDS

Sections:

30.23A.010    Purpose.

30.23A.020    Applicability.

30.23A.030    Compatibility design standards.

30.23A.040    Detached single-family dwelling and duplex design standards.

30.23A.050    Attached single-family dwelling and townhouse design standards.

30.23A.060    Multifamily design standards.

30.23A.070    Building location and orientation.

30.23A.080    On-site recreation space.

30.23A.090    Landscaping.

30.23A.100    Administrative site plan review.

30.23A.110    Underground utilities.

30.23A.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is:

(1) To provide design standards and guidelines that address site and building design features;

(2) To implement the county’s desire for creating quality residential development as set forth in Objective LU 4.A and associated policies in the Snohomish County GMA Comprehensive Plan;

(3) To provide a well-designed residential environment that creates safe places for children to play and residents to meet;

(4) To contribute to an attractive streetscape by providing buildings with architectural detail; and

(5) To improve compatibility of new residential development with existing residential development by appropriate design scale and massing of new residential development.

(Added by Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009)

30.23A.020 Applicability.

(1) Urban residential design standards of this chapter shall apply to all new residential development located within urban growth areas, excluding the following:

(a) Mobile homes and manufactured homes within mobile home parks;

(b) Construction of a detached single family dwelling or duplex structure on a lot created prior to April 21, 2009;

(c) Residential development or mixed use development subject to chapters 30.34A or 30.41G SCC; and

(d) Any remodel of an existing single family detached, duplex or attached single family structure;

(e) Any remodel of a townhouse or multiple family structure that has been destroyed where the restoration cost does not exceed 75 percent of the assessed value of record when the destruction occurred; and

(f) See SCC 30.42E for design standards for new mobile home parks.

(2) When a development proposal has multiple uses or dwelling types, the most intensive use or dwelling type shall determine which provisions of this chapter shall apply.

(Added by Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-072, Sept. 8, 2010, Eff date Oct. 3, 2010)

30.23A.030 Compatibility design standards.

(1) The purpose of compatibility design standards is to require additional features to be incorporated into higher density residential development when located adjacent to properties zoned and developed or designated for lower density single-family use in order to enhance the compatibility between uses.

(2) Where residential development is subject to the provisions of this chapter, the provisions in SCC Table 30.23A.030(2) shall establish when the compatibility design standards in SCC 30.23A.030 apply. When the adjacent property is within the UGA, it must also have one of the following characteristics, in addition to a zoning classification indicated with a "yes" in Table 30.23A.030(2), before the compatibility measures are required:

(a) A lower intensity designation than the project site on the Future Land Use map of the GMA Comprehensive Plan;

(b) Platted and developed residential lots averaging 10,000 square feet in area, or less;

(c) Homes located within 50 feet of the property line that have an average age of 15 years or less.

 

Table 30.23A.030(2) - Zoning test for compatibility design standards
 

 

Zoning Classification of Adjacent Property

R-9,600, R-8,400

R-7,200

T, LDMR, MR

FS, NB, CB, PCB

GC

LI, HI

BP, IP

ALL OTHER ZONES

Proposed Use

Dwelling, detached at less than 7 dwelling per gross acre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwelling, detached at 7 dwellings or more per gross acre1

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

Dwelling, mobile home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwelling, duplex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwelling, attached at less than 7 dwellings per gross acre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwelling, attached at 7 dwellings or more per gross acre

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

Dwelling, townhouse

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

Dwelling, multifamily

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

Note: Where "yes" is marked in the table, and one characteristic in SCC 30.23A.030(2) is present, SCC 30.23A.030(3) shall apply.

 

Footnote 1: This use shall also include any subdivision or short subdivision using the lot size averaging provisions of SCC 30.23.210, and shall apply only to that portion of the site where lots 6,000 square feet or less in size are proposed.

(3) When compatibility design standards are applicable, residential development shall incorporate at least two of the following design standards:

(a) Increase the minimum building setback to 20 feet from those lot lines abutting urban zones, and 40 feet for those lot lines abutting rural zones marked "yes" in SCC Table 30.23A.030(2);

(b) Limit maximum building height to 30 feet within 50 feet of those abutting property lines to zones marked "yes" in SCC Table 30.23A.030(2);

(c) Increase the perimeter landscaping vegetation by at least 50 percent over the amount required in SCC 30.25.017, or if no perimeter landscaping is required, provide a minimum 10-foot wide perimeter Type A landscaped buffer pursuant to the standards in SCC 30.25.017;

(d) Limit townhouse and multifamily buildings located within 50 feet of abutting property lines to zones marked "yes" in SCC Table 30.23A.030(2) to a maximum of three dwelling units per building with a minimum separation of 25 feet between buildings;

(e) Separate detached single-family and duplex dwelling structures by at least 20 feet between buildings located within 50 feet of abutting property lines to zones marked "yes" in SCC Table 30.23A.030(2);

(f) Incorporate two architectural features, such as those described in SCC 30.23A.040(2) or the Snohomish County Residential Design Manual to break up blank walls greater than 500 square feet that face properties zoned where marked "yes" in SCC Table 30.23A.030(2); or

(g) Provide a decorative wall or solid and landscaped fence between buildings and adjacent properties located in zones marked "yes" in SCC Table 30.23A.030(2) that:

(i) Uses brick or stone;

(ii) Is a minimum height of five feet;

(iii) Incorporates architectural detailing such as posts, ornamental iron grillwork, or other elements prescribed in the Snohomish County Residential Design Manual; and

(iv) Incorporates landscaping, openings and other design elements that break up the continuity of a solid wall or fence at least every 10 feet unless otherwise approved by the director.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-018, May 2, 2012, Eff date May 21, 2012)

30.23A.040 Detached single-family dwelling and duplex design standards.

Detached single-family dwellings and duplex structures shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) Buildings shall incorporate at least two of the following design elements:

(a) A roof with a shape that is visually distinct from at least 75 percent of the other roofs in the subdivision based on variations in roof forms and pitch, ridge line height, overhangs, projections and extended eaves.

(b) A setback from the front lot line that differs by five feet or more from each of the adjacent buildings.

(c) A porch of at least 60 square feet at the front entry of the building that differs from at least 75 percent of the other porches in the subdivision by 10 percent or more in its dimensions or by its location relative to the garage.

(d) A primary entrance facing and visible from a public right-of-way, private road, or courtyard that opens up to a public right-of-way or private road.

(e) Building form and scale that is significantly different from at least 75 percent of the other buildings in the subdivision, where rambler, daylight basement, split level, tri-level, two-story, or three-story are significantly different forms. A difference in building height or width of 20 percent or more is also significantly different.

(2) Buildings shall be visually distinct from at least 75 percent of the other buildings in the subdivision in at least five of the following ways:

(a) Window size and type, such as single hung, double hung, slider, or awning.

(b) Window grids or mullions and trim design.

(c) Bay or bow window with a minimum projection of 12 inches.

(d) Siding texture, appearance, or color.

(e) Stone, brick, or other decorative siding material that wraps around the side of the building at a height of at least two feet, and for a distance of at least four feet (minimum of two feet on each side), matching elements of the facade.

(f) Roofing material and color.

(g) Roof forms, such as hip, gambrel, mansard, gable, or dormers.

(h) Primary roof pitch.

(i) Front door location, material, pattern, or color.

(j) Use of cantilevers, dormers or other project elements that give the facade a three-dimensional quality.

(k) Variation in side wall design for houses located on a corner lot.

(l) Variations in porch design, such as columns, details, or roof.

(m) Size and location of a stoop of at least 30 square feet at the front entry of the building.

(n) Design of a stoop of at least 30 square feet at the front entry of the building, considering elements such as columns, details, or roof.

(o) The front wall forms an angle of at least 30 degrees to a public or private road.

(p) Upstairs or "Juliet" balcony or other similar architectural features.

(3) At least two of the following design features shall be incorporated into any attached or detached garage facing a public right-of-way, private road, or drive aisle, unless the garage is located at least 20 feet behind the foundation wall of the front of the house with no more than 50 percent of the front of the garage visible from the street.

(a) Angle the garage by at least 45 degrees to the public right-of-way, private road or drive aisle if it is attached or by 30 to 60 degrees to the public right-of-way, private road or drive aisle if it is detached (Figure 30.23A.040(3)).

(b) If there is only one garage door, limit the width of the garage door to ten feet.

(c) If there is more than one garage door, limit the width of each door to no more than ten feet and provide at least a two-foot separation between doors.

(d) Limit the size of the automobile garage door to 25 percent or less of the area of the facade on which the garage door is located, including the area of upper floors but not including the area of the roof.

(e) Provide variation in the appearance of the garage door(s) through trim, windows and/or relief.

(f) Cantilever the top story above the garage by at least 18 inches.

(g) Provide architectural treatment such as a trellis, subroof, or awning projecting one foot or more beyond garage to de-emphasize garage doors.

(h) Locate the automobile garage door at least five feet back from the foundation wall of the front of the house, not including uncovered porches and stoops and similar projections.

Figure 30.23A.040(3) - Angled Garage

(4) The director may implement the requirements of SCC 30.23A.040(1), (2) and (3) through a self-certification program, provided that an applicant is ineligible for self-certification if that applicant has been found non-compliant with the requirements of those subsections on any project within the previous 12 months.

(5) The architectural design elements in SCC 30.23A.040(1), (2) and (3) shall be implemented pursuant to the Snohomish County Residential Design Manual to the extent that they are covered in the Snohomish County Residential Design Manual, provided that in the event of a conflict between the Snohomish County Residential Design Manual and Title 30 SCC, the code shall take precedence.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009)

30.23A.050 Attached single-family dwelling and townhouse design standards.

Attached single-family dwellings and townhouses shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) Site Layout and Pedestrian Circulation.

(a) Attached single-family dwelling and townhouse developments shall have an integrated pedestrian circulation system that connects buildings, common space and parking areas pursuant to SCC 30.24.080.

(b) Surface parking spaces shall be located to the side or rear of buildings.

(c) Driveways shall be designed in accordance with the EDDS.

(2) Buildings shall be oriented pursuant to SCC 30.23A.070.

(3) Architectural Design Elements.

(a) Townhouse structures shall have no more than six dwelling units per each building, except the maximum number of dwellings in a building may be increased to eight in the LDMR, MR, NB, PCB, CB, and GC zones.

(b) Each attached single-family dwelling and townhouse structure shall incorporate variation to any facade of a building that faces a public or private road or drive aisle by incorporating at least three of the following elements:

(i) Changes in the roofline at intervals not greater than 40 continuous feet in length, such as variations in roof pitch, overhangs, projections and extended eaves;

(ii) Distinctive window patterns that are not repeated within groupings of up to four dwelling units;

(iii) Variations in the setback of the front facade of the building by at least five feet between adjoining dwelling units;

(iv) Stepbacks on the facade of at least two feet in depth and four feet in width at intervals of not more than 30 feet;

(v) Diminishing upper floors (gross floor area of upper story is smaller than the gross floor area of the lower story);

(vi) Balconies, bays or changes in the wall plane of the front facade of the building;

(vii) Garage door entrance(s) for automobiles located at the side or rear of the building; or

(viii) Other architectural elements that the director determines accomplish the objective of visually dividing the structure into smaller identifiable sections.

(4) The architectural design elements in SCC 30.23A.050(3)(b) shall be implemented pursuant to the Snohomish County Residential Design Manual.

(5) SpecifIc Development Requirements.

(a) The director may reduce the underlying zoning side and rear lot line setbacks to zero for townhouse structures and attached single-family dwellings to allow for zero-lot-line development; provided, that the remaining underlying zoning setbacks meet the requirements of the zone.

(b) Attached single-family dwellings and townhouse structures built as a zero lot line development shall provide a five-foot wide building maintenance easement for walls, eaves, chimneys and other architectural features that rest directly on the lot line. The maintenance easement shall be included in the covenants, conditions and restrictions of the adjoining lots, and may be recorded with the covenants, conditions and restrictions or in a separate document approved by the director.

(c) Buildings in townhouse developments shall be separated by at least 10 feet as measured between the nearest outer walls of the buildings. This separation shall not apply between a primary residential dwelling and detached structures accessory to the primary residential dwelling.

(d) The standard for providing a minimum suitable construction area as set forth in SCC 30.41A.235 shall not apply to townhouse construction.

(6) In addition to the landscaping requirements in chapter 30.25 SCC, townhouses shall provide landscaping in all front and side setbacks and common outdoor areas associated with the townhouse structure. This additional landscaping shall be incorporated into the landscaping plan required by SCC 30.25.015 and include the following:

(a) Existing non-noxious vegetation and trees shall be incorporated into the landscape design to the greatest extent possible;

(b) Shrubs shall be provided at a density of at least five plants per 100 square feet of landscaping area;

(c) Not more than 50 percent of the shrubs may be deciduous; and

(d) Groundcover that shall provide 90 percent coverage of the landscaped area within three years of planting.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-049, Oct. 3, 2012, Eff date Jan. 1, 2013).

30.23A.060 Multifamily design standards.

Multifamily dwellings shall comply with the following requirements:

(1) Site layout and pedestrian circulation.

(a) Multifamily development shall have an integrated pedestrian circulation system that connects buildings, common space and parking areas pursuant to SCC 30.24.080. The pedestrian circulation plan shall include a system of internal sidewalks, pathways or trails which are raised or otherwise separated from parking and vehicular circulation.

(b) When a site has more than one multifamily building, the buildings shall be arranged in a cohesive manner incorporating at least one of the following:

(i) Configure the buildings around a courtyard;

(ii) Limit the average number of dwellings per building to seven and cluster these into groups of not more than four buildings with each group of buildings having designed common space and internal circulation and parking separated from other groups of buildings; or

(iii) Buildings with 10 or more dwellings include an internal building courtyard or create several smaller areas of common space that are located within 25 feet of a building entry.

(c) Pedestrian paths should be visible from buildings or parking lots, and shall be designed to avoid creating "dead ends" or isolated areas.

(d) The design standards of this section shall be implemented pursuant to the Snohomish County Residential Design Manual.

(2) Location of parking.

(a) Surface parking spaces shall be located to the side or rear of buildings.

(b) Structured parking facilities shall be located underneath residential dwellings or to the side of the building.

(c) Large parking areas shall be divided into small groupings of not more than 15 parking spaces in a row. A landscaped island of at least 72 square feet shall be utilized to divide groups of parking spaces.

(d) Parking may be located in a rear or side setback area when vehicle access is from an alley abutting the rear or side lot line.

(e) Parking structures located entirely below the finished grade may have parking located within a front or side setback area.

(3) Exterior lighting.

(a) Lighting shall illuminate building entries and surfaces intended for pedestrians or vehicles.

(b) Exterior lighting shall be used to identify and distinguish the pedestrian walkway network from automobile circulation. Along pedestrian circulation corridors, lighting standards shall be placed between pedestrian ways and public or private streets, driveways or parking areas.

(c) All building lighting for security or aesthetics will be full cut-off or a shielded type, not allowing any upward distribution of light.

(4) Buildings shall be oriented pursuant to SCC 30.23A.070.

(5) Architectural design elements.

(a) When a multifamily building has shared entryways, the building entrances shall incorporate a canopy, awning or other architectural element that provides pedestrians protection from the weather.

(b) Each multifamily building shall incorporate variation to any facade of a building that faces a public or private right-of-way by incorporating at least three of the following elements:

(i) Incorporate changes in the roofline at intervals not greater than 40 continuous feet in length, such as variations in roof pitch, dormers, overhangs, projections and extended eaves;

(ii) Provide distinctive window patterns that are not repeated within groupings of up to six dwelling units;

(iii) Include balconies, bay windows, cornices, covered porches or other changes in the facade of the building;

(iv) Set back balconies and other architectural elements on the upper floors of multi-story buildings;

(v) Incorporate diminishing upper floors (gross floor area of upper story is smaller than the gross floor area of the lower story);

(vi) Provide variations in the setback of the building from the front lot line by at least five feet at horizontal intervals of 40 feet or less; or

(vii) Provide other architectural elements that the director determines accomplish the objective of visually dividing the structure into smaller identifiable sections.

(c) The architectural elements in this section shall be implemented pursuant to the Snohomish County Residential Design Manual.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009)

30.23A.070 Building location and orientation.

(1) This section is applicable where mandated in this chapter, or where chosen as an element for meeting design requirements. The intent of this section is to create active and safe pedestrian environments.

(2) The primary entrance of each dwelling unit shall face toward a public or private road right-of-way or drive aisle, except building entries may face onto a courtyard, provided the courtyard opens up towards the right-of-way or drive aisle. The director may waive this requirement where buildings are required to be oriented towards an open space, or when a pedestrian walkway provides the primary access to the dwellings.

(3) Buildings located on lots adjacent to two or more public or private road rights-of-way shall either:

(a) Have the primary entrances face the road the director determines has the primary pedestrian route; or

(b) Have at least one primary entrance face towards each road right-of-way when there are more than three dwellings.

(4) In multifamily and townhouse complexes with more than five buildings, buildings may be oriented to a cohesive system of common space, open space and pedestrian pathway. A prominent pedestrian entry to the site and walkway connecting directly to a public sidewalk shall be provided.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009)

30.23A.080 On-site recreation space.

(1) On-site recreation space shall be required for residential development that is subject to the provisions of this chapter and containing seven or more dwellings, except this section shall not apply to projects submitted under chapter 30.42B SCC.

(2) On-site recreation space shall be provided in accordance with SCC Table 30.23A.080(2):

Table 30.23A.080(2) - On-site recreation space requirements
 

Number of Dwelling Units

Amount of on-site recreation open space required per each dwelling

Units 7 to 40

200 sq ft

Units 41 to 100

150 sq ft

Units Over 100

100 sq ft

(3) The requirements in SCC Table 30.23A.080(2) may be reduced by up to 50 percent for residential development that is located within one-quarter mile walking distance of a public park or public school containing a playground or outdoor recreational facilities. The director shall determine the amount of reduction based on the following:

(a) The availability of safe pedestrian facilities connecting the development to the park/school;

(b) The ability of the park/school facilities to accommodate additional usage by residents of the development; and

(c) The number of parks and school facilities located within one-quarter mile distance.

(4) On-site recreation open space shall be designed as follows:

(a) On-site recreation open space shall be located in a separate tract for subdivisions and short subdivisions from the residential dwellings and shall have an undivided ownership interest by owners of the development;

(b) At least 40 percent of the total required on-site recreation open space shall be consolidated in one location within the development;

(c) At least 75 percent of the total required on-site recreation open space shall be located outside of critical areas other than buffers identified in chapter 30.62A SCC;

(d) No on-site recreation open space tract shall contain less than 700 square feet in area;

(e) On-site recreation open space shall be developed for active and passive uses. At least 50 percent of the on-site recreation open space shall be designed and improved for one or more active uses. When an area of on-site recreation open space is designed and improved for active uses other than improved pedestrian or bicycle paths with hard surfaces, the average width of the area shall be at least equal to half of the average length of the area. Active uses include, but are not limited to:

(i) Playgrounds developed with children’s play equipment;

(ii) Improved pedestrian or bicycle paths with hard surfaces;

(iii) Sports fields (such as soccer or softball fields), with associated improvements;

(iv) Indoor or outdoor sports courts (such as volleyball, basketball or tennis courts), swimming pools, and similar facilities;

(v) Picnic areas with permanent tables, benches or gazebos;

(vi) Community clubhouse and meeting facilities;

(vii) Community gardens for use by the residents;

(viii) Plazas with lighting, artwork, and sitting space for pedestrians at four or more spaces for every required 100 square feet of area; and

(ix) Other similar uses approved by the director;

(f) Passive uses include critical areas that cannot be developed, nature interpretive areas, bird watching facilities, unimproved trails, and similar uses approved by the director;

(g) The following drainage facilities may be counted as on-site passive recreation space:

(i) Unfenced detention, retention and wet ponds;

(ii) Stormwater treatment wetlands;

(iii) Stormwater infiltration trenches and bioswales that serve more than one dwelling; and

(iv) Vegetated areas located above underground detention facilities; and

(h) Access for pedestrians shall be provided from all dwellings within the development to the on-site recreation space through trails, sidewalks, pathways and other similar means of access pursuant to SCC 30.24.080; and

(i) On-site recreation space shall not include privately owned yards.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-026, June 9, 2010, Eff date Sept. 30, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-072, Sept. 8, 2010, Eff date Oct. 3, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-049, Oct. 3, 2012, Eff date Jan. 1, 2013; Amended by Amended Ord. 13-042, July 10, 2013, Eff date July 22, 2013)

30.23A.090 Landscaping.

Landscaping shall be provided pursuant to chapter 30.25 SCC.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009)

30.23A.100 Administrative site plan review.

(1) An administrative site development plan shall be required for all residential development subject to the requirements of this chapter. The elements of an administrative or official site plan required by chapters 30.41F and 30.42B SCC shall be combined with the administrative site plan required by this chapter.

(2) Administrative site plan review.

(a) Administrative site plan review is a Type 1 decision and is subject to the review procedures in chapter 30.71 SCC, except that consolidated permit review shall be granted if requested by the applicant pursuant to SCC 30.70.120(2). When an administrative site plan is consolidated with a Type 2 decision, notwithstanding subsection (2)(b) of this section, the administrative site plan shall be processed as a Type 2 decision concurrent with the Type 2 decision with which it is consolidated.

(b) When residential development requires both an administrative site plan approval pursuant to this section and a Type 2 decision issued by the hearing examiner after an open record hearing, the administrative site plan shall not be approved until the hearing examiner has issued a decision.

(c) To approve an administrative site plan pursuant to this section, the director must find that the administrative site plan is consistent with the applicable requirements of Subtitle 30.2. The director’s decision on the administrative site plan shall be consistent with any hearing examiner decision issued for the residential development.

(3) The administrative site plan application shall meet the submittal requirements established by SCC 30.70.030 and shall include the following:

(a) The building envelope of all structures and the location of all on-site recreation open space areas, buffers, points of egress, ingress, and internal circulation, pedestrian facilities and parking;

(b) Existing and proposed topography at contour intervals of five or less feet;

(c) Name, address, and phone number of the owner and plan preparer(s);

(d) Calculations showing acreage of the site, number of dwelling units proposed, zoning, site density and on-site recreation open space acreage;

(e) Scale and north arrow;

(f) Vicinity sketch (drawn to approximately 1" = 2,000' scale) showing sufficient area and detail to clearly locate the project in relation to arterial streets, natural features, landmarks and municipal boundaries; and

(g) Natural drainage courses and probable alterations which will be necessary to handle the expected drainage from the proposal, and the general method proposed to comply with chapter 30.63A SCC.

(4) An administrative site plan shall also meet the submittal requirements established by SCC 30.70.030, and shall be subject to the notice requirements for a notice of application in chapter 30.70 SCC.

(5) Time limitation of application. An administrative site plan application shall expire pursuant to SCC 30.70.140.

(6) Revisions to an administrative site plan that has been approved by the department shall be processed pursuant to SCC 30.70.210 or 30.70.220.

(7) Approval expiration. Administrative site plan approval expires pursuant to SCC 30.70.140.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 10-072, Sept. 8, 2010, Eff date Oct. 3, 2010; Amended by Amended Ord. 13-050, Aug. 28, 2013, Eff date Sept. 19, 2013; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-004, Mar. 16, 2016, Eff date Apr. 1, 2016)

30.23A.110 Underground utilities.

All water, sewer, electrical and communication distribution and service lines shall be underground except:

(1) Electrical and communication distribution lines may be above ground for lots abutting streets with pre-existing, above-ground distribution lines; and

(2) Electrical transmission lines between power plants and substations may be above ground. All lines shall be approved by the agency or jurisdiction providing the service.

(Added Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date April 21, 2009)