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(a) Each lot shall be designed to form a good site for the type of building to be developed, and the lot lines shall not be considered as merely forming a geometric shape which encloses the minimum area permitted. The lots shall be more or less rectangular in form; triangular, elongated or other shapes that restrict its use as a building site shall be avoided.
(b) The area and width of each lot shall be not less than required by the Zoning Ordinance, excepting as may otherwise be provided for by Council, and shall be appropriate for the neighborhood and type of development proposed.
(c) The mean depth of residential lots abutting a local street shall not exceed two and one-half times its width (2½:1). This ratio shall be increased when the rear lot line of such lots abuts a railroad, freeway, or other incompatible nonresidential land use, and the area of the lot increased accordingly.
(d) New lots for one and two family dwellings shall not have vehicle access directly from a major street. Said lots shall be accessed from side streets, marginal access streets, or a variation thereof, to prevent driveways from intersecting the major street (see Street Regulations; Section 901.36(a)). Residential lots abutting major streets shall exceed the aforesaid depth ratio (2½:1) for local streets, in order to increase the safety and privacy thereon. However, the depth shall not exceed five times the width, provided further, that for lots of five acres or less the mean depth shall not exceed 500 feet. Lots of such roadside subdivisions shall be planned to achieve uniform rear lot lines.
(e) Corner lots shall have extra width to obtain the required side yard and building setback from, and the appropriate orientation to both streets and as may be required by the Planning and Zoning Code.
(f) Side lot lines shall be designed to be at right angles to straight street lines or radial to curved street lines. Where a street terminates on another to form a "T" intersection, or terminates on a cul-de- sac, the side lot lines shall be planned so that a residential building site will not be directly on the projected line of the street which terminates.
(g) The outline (footprint) of the proposed building shall be shown upon the required development plan. When the specific building plan is not known the size and outline may be generalized. The generalized building outline shall show that the net buildable area of the lot is of adequate dimension and shape to meet minimum floor area standards for the proposed building. Theoretical rectangular building outlines for single-family dwellings (including 2-car garage; 20 ft. wide) shall be as follows:
R-1 District: 30 ft. depth X 70 ft. wide
R-2 District: 30 ft. depth X 65 ft. wide
R-3 and R-4 Districts: 30 ft. depth X 60 ft. wide
(h) Where a development is located in a district not served with public sewers and/or water service, and a relatively large lot is required by the Zoning Ordinance, the lots therein may be designed with extra width and/or the buildings located thereon so that lots may be re-subdivided at such future time as the utilities may be installed.
(i) Isolated parcels shall not be accepted unless they become a component of, and conform to a plan for, public or common lands.
(j) Where watercourses exist, or the use of open drainage ways has been approved, the design of lots shall be adjusted so that rear lot lines are approximately parallel to the natural or straightened course. Only where such design is not possible may side lot lines be arranged parallel to an open drainage course.
(k) Low-lying areas which are subject to flooding, and easements or rights-of-way for open channel drainage ways, may be included as part of a lot but shall not be used as a building site or included in calculating the required lot area or width.
(Ord. 2635. Passed 1-13-11.)