Chapter 21.09


21.09.010    Plats, short plats and binding site plans.

21.09.020    Survey data.

21.09.030    Area data.

21.09.040    Control monuments.

21.09.050    Road monuments.

21.09.060    Lot corners.

21.09.070    Waterfront.

21.09.080    Security.

21.09.090    Dedications.

21.09.010 Plats, short plats and binding site plans.

The survey and preparation of every final plat, short plat and general and specific binding site plan shall be made by or under the direct supervision of a Washington State professional land surveyor. All surveys shall conform to Chapters 18.43 and 58.09 RCW and Chapter 332-130 WAC. (Ord. 2000-056 § 1).

21.09.020 Survey data.

The county engineer shall be furnished with a complete survey of the section or sections in which the land division is located, or as much thereof as may be necessary to properly orient the land division within the section or sections. The land division survey shall be submitted with complete field and computation notes showing the original or re-established corners with descriptions of same and the actual traverse showing error or closure and method of balancing. Accuracy standards shall conform to Chapters 18.43 and 58.09 RCW and Chapter 332-130 WAC. A copy of the final short plat or plat shall be provided in an electronic format as required by the subdivision administrator. (Ord. 2009-007 § 1; Ord. 2000-056 § 1).

21.09.030 Area data.

The surveyor shall provide data as to the area of each lot smaller than one acre to the nearest square foot, the area of each lot one acre or larger to the nearest one-hundredth of an acre, and the area of the entire subdivision, short subdivision, or general binding site plan to the nearest one-hundredth of an acre. (Ord. 2000-056 § 1).

21.09.040 Control monuments.

(1) Permanent control monuments shall be established in accordance with Whatcom County Development Standards, and shall conform to RCW 58.17.240, and shall be placed at:

(a) All exterior corners on the boundaries of the original parcel being divided. For phased developments, monuments shall be placed at all intersections of the phase lines and the exterior boundary.

(b) The intersections of centerlines of rights-of-way within the land division.

(c) At the beginning and ends of curves on centerlines of rights-of-way.

(2) An alternative plan of intervisible monuments may be proposed by the surveyor subject to the approval of the county engineer. (Ord. 2000-056 § 1).

21.09.050 Road monuments.

Permanent control monuments within the streets shall be set after the roads are constructed to final grade. (Ord. 2000-056 § 1).

21.09.060 Lot corners.

Every lot corner shall be marked by a permanent marker as approved by the county engineer, except where extreme terrain necessitates establishment of a staking line. (Ord. 2000-056 § 1).

21.09.070 Waterfront.

If any land in a subdivision, short subdivision, or binding site plan is contiguous to a body of water, a staking line shall be established along the shore at an appropriate distance back from the ordinary highwater mark. Property lying beyond the staking line shall be defined by distances along the side property lines extended from the staking line. If the thread of a stream lies within a subdivision or forms the boundary of a subdivision, such thread shall be defined by bearings and distances as it exists at the time of the survey. (Ord. 2000-056 § 1).

21.09.080 Security.

The county engineer may permit the placing of permanent control monuments and lot corners after filing of the final plat, short plat or binding site plan, provided the applicant ensures that:

(1) Securities (of 150 percent of the estimated cost) guaranteeing completion of said surveying within one year shall be posted in an acceptable form and amount; and

(2) Temporary surveyed and referenced markers are placed prior to filing of the plat, short plat, or binding site plan; and

(3) A certificate by a surveyor that is tied to the securities and states that the said surveying will be completed within one year is filed with the county auditor; and

(4) A certificate by a surveyor that states that the said surveying has been completed is filed within one year with the county auditor. (Ord. 2000-056 § 1).

21.09.090 Dedications.

The owner shall provide evidence of his or her intent to dedicate by presenting for filing a final long plat, short plat or binding site plan showing the dedication thereon. The acceptance by the public shall be evidenced by:

(1) The approval of a final long plat for filing by the county council.

(2) The approval of a short plat or binding site plan for filing by the county engineer for road right-of-way purposes.

(3) The approval of a short plat or binding site plan for filing by the county council for purposes other than road right-of-way dedications. (Ord. 2000-056 § 1).