Chapter 18.60
SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENTS1

Sections:

18.60.010    Improvements required.

18.60.020    Density regulations.

18.60.030    Buffers.

18.60.050    Streets and rights-of-way.

18.60.060    Water.

18.60.070    Sewage disposal.

18.60.080    Storm drainage.

18.60.090    Other utilities.

18.60.100    Street lighting.

18.60.120    Monuments.

18.60.010 Improvements required.

Street improvements, and the dedication of rights-of-way and/or easements, shall be required in accordance with Chapter 19.135 FWRC, and with the city of Federal Way public works development standards regarding required improvements to rights-of-way, as well as ingress/egress and utilities easements and alleys. If a plat is subject to a dedication, dedication language shall be included on the face of the plat. Roads not dedicated to the public must be clearly marked on the face of the plat. Any dedication, donation, or grant as shown on the face of the plat shall be considered, to all intents and purposes, as a quitclaim deed to the said donee or donees, grantee or grantees for his, her, or their use for the purpose intended by the donor or grantors as aforesaid.

(Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 98-330, § 3, 12-15-98; Ord. No. 97-291, § 3, 4-1-97; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.440.20), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-176.)

18.60.020 Density regulations.

Density or parcel size, setbacks and buffers shall be in accordance with FWRC Title 19, Zoning and Development Code.

(Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 98-330, § 3, 12-15-98; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.440.10), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-177.)

Cross references: Landscape requirements, Chapter 19.125 FWRC; district regulations, FWRC Title 19, Division VI; supplementary district regulations, FWRC Title 19, Division VII.

18.60.030 Buffers.

(1) Land divisions, except for commercial binding site plans, should provide a 10-foot-wide Type III landscape strip along all arterial streets to shield new residences from arterial streets. See FWRC 19.125.050(3). Said landscape strip shall be provided in a separate tract to be owned and maintained by the homeowners’ association and shall be credited to the buffer requirements of FWRC 18.55.060.

(2) Perimeter fencing in subdivisions shall be located on the interior side of landscape strips planted along arterial streets.

(Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 98-330, § 3, 12-15-98; Ord. No. 97-291, § 3, 4-1-97; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.280.10 – 16.280.30), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-178.)

18.60.050 Streets and rights-of-way.

(1) Streets within an approved land division shall be within a dedicated public right-of-way. Private tracts or easements may be used in short subdivisions and cluster subdivisions using those cross-section types described for this purpose in the development standards. Ingress/egress and utilities easements and alleys may be utilized when certain conditions established in the city of Federal Way public works development standards are met.

(2) All streets within the public rights-of-way shall be improved to the standards specified in Chapter 19.135 FWRC, regarding required improvements to rights-of-way. Improvements to private tracts, alleys, and ingress/egress and utilities easements shall comply with the city of Federal Way public works department development standards.

(3) LID alternatives, such as permeable surfacing and on-site stormwater management facilities, are encouraged where appropriate based on existing site conditions and when approved by the city.

(4) All streets abutting a land division shall be improved in accordance with Chapter 19.135 FWRC and the city of Federal Way public works development standards regarding required improvements.

(5) All traffic control devices within a land division shall be provided by the developer as required by the director of public works.

(6) Block perimeters shall comply with the standards of FWRC 19.135.251.

(7) Additional off-site street and traffic control improvements may be required to mitigate impacts resulting from the land division.

(Ord. No. 10-660, § 3, 6-1-10; Ord. No. 09-630, § 31, 10-20-09; Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 98-330, § 3, 12-15-98; Ord. No. 97-291, § 3, 4-1-97; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.300.10 – 16.300.50), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-180.)

18.60.060 Water.

(1) All lots in a land division shall be served by a water system designed and constructed to the specifications of the Lakehaven utility district or city of Tacoma public utilities department or any other appropriate district.

(2) The water system shall be dedicated to the Lakehaven utility district or city of Tacoma public utilities department or any other appropriate district upon approval and recording of the land division. Easements shall be shown on the face of the recorded document.

(Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 98-330, § 3, 12-15-98; Ord. No. 97-291, § 3, 4-1-97; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.310.10, 16.310.20), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-181.)

18.60.070 Sewage disposal.

(1) Wherever feasible, all lots in land divisions shall be connected to a sanitary sewer system designed and constructed to the specifications of the Lakehaven utility district or other appropriate district.

(2) The sanitary sewer system shall be dedicated to the Lakehaven utility district or other appropriate district upon approval and recording of the land division. Easements shall be shown on the face of the final recorded document.

(3) Where connection to the sanitary sewer system is not feasible, on-site sewage disposal systems may be utilized. The design and construction of such systems shall be approved by the Seattle-King County department of public health.

(Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 98-330, § 3, 12-15-98; Ord. No. 97-291, § 3, 4-1-97; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.320.10 – 16.320.30), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-182.)

18.60.080 Storm drainage.

(1) All land divisions shall be provided with an adequate storm drainage system designed and constructed in accordance with the surface water management requirements in FWRC Title 16, and the storm and surface water utility requirements in FWRC Title 11, Division III.

(2) As required by the director of public works, land divisions shall provide stormwater detention or retention facilities. Such required systems should include biofiltration swales, oil/water separation devices, or any other appropriate systems approved by the public works director. LID best management practices are encouraged when site and soil conditions make it a feasible option. LID facilities shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the provisions of FWRC Title 16, Surface Water Management.

(3) As appropriate, the storm drainage system shall be dedicated to the city upon approval of the final recorded document.

(Ord. No. 09-630, § 32, 10-20-09; Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 98-330, § 3, 12-15-98; Ord. No. 97-291, § 3, 4-1-97; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.330), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-183.)

Cross references: Storm and surface water utility, FWRC Title 11, Division III; drainage program, FWRC Title 16.

18.60.090 Other utilities.

(1) All lots in land divisions shall be served with electricity, telephone, cable television and natural gas, if available.

(2) All utilities shall be provided underground.

(3) All easements shall be shown on the face of the final recorded document.

(Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 98-330, § 3, 12-15-98; Ord. No. 97-291, § 3, 4-1-97; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.340.10, 16.340.20), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-184.)

Cross reference: Utilities, FWRC Title 11.

18.60.100 Street lighting.

(1) All land divisions shall install street lighting on all streets in accordance with public works design standards.

(2) Light standard and luminary design shall be approved by the director of public works.

(Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 98-330, § 3, 12-15-98; Ord. No. 97-291, § 3, 4-1-97; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.350.10, 16.350.20), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-185.)

Cross reference: Streets and sidewalks, FWRC Title 4, Division II.

18.60.120 Monuments.

(1) Permanent survey control monuments shall be provided for all final recorded documents at:

(a) All controlling corners on the boundaries of the land division;

(b) The intersection of centerlines of roads within the land division; and

(c) The beginnings and ends of curves on centerlines or points of intersections on tangents.

(2) Permanent survey control monuments shall be set in two-inch pipe, 24 inches long, filled with concrete or shall be constructed of an approved equivalent. Permanent survey control monuments within a street shall be set after the street is paved. Every lot corner shall be marked by a three-quarter-inch galvanized iron pipe or approved equivalent, driven into the ground. If any land in a land division is contiguous to a meandered body of water, the meander line shall be re-established and shown on the final plat or short plat.

(Ord. No. 07-554, § 5(Exh. A(2)), 5-15-07; Ord. No. 97-291, § 3, 4-1-97; Ord. No. 90-41, § 1(16.370.10, 16.370.20), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 20-187.)


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Cross references: Streets and sidewalks, FWRC Title 4, Division II; utilities, FWRC Title 11; water quality requirements and surface water, stormwater, and other waterways, Chapter 16.45 FWRC; yard requirements for driveways, parking areas, fences, structure protruding beyond exterior walls of a structure, retaining walls, walkways, and certain other improvements or structures, FWRC 19.125.160; improvements required under zoning regulations, Chapter 19.135 FWRC.