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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ALLEY. A public way used primarily as a service access to the rear or side of a property which abuts on a street.
ARTERIAL ROADWAY NETWORK PLAN. The portion of the Official Village Plan providing and planning for the present and future system of streets for the village.
AS BUILT PLANS. Final plans showing any changes from the construction plans, indicating in detail how the project was constructed. Such plans show all public facilities as built on the surface and underground, both on public property and on easements and also indicate all private utility locations that are known. Details shown include: sanitary and storm sewers, manholes, invert grades, bench marks, location of sanitary sewer laterals, street inlets, hydrants, general flow of surface water, and grades for drainage swales on the lot. The AS BUILT PLANS carry the seal of a registered professional engineer certifying that construction was completed in conformance with the plans and specifications.
BLOCK. A tract of land bounded by streets, or by a combination of streets, parks, railroad rights-of-way or bodies of water.
COLLECTOR STREETS. Streets penetrating neighborhoods collecting traffic from local streets and channeling it into the arterial street system. A minor amount of through traffic may be expected, but collector streets primarily provide land access service and carry local traffic movements within residential neighborhoods and commercial and industrial areas. Refer to Illinois Department of Transportation Bureau of Design and Environment Manual for additional characteristics of Local Streets.
COVENANTS. A private agreement written into the deed in which property owners of the development promise to do or refrain from doing certain acts.
CUL-DE-SAC. A permanent street with a single access point that ends in a turnaround and cannot be further extended without taking property not dedicated as a street. A cul-de-sac begins at its point of intersection with a street with multiple access.
DEDICATE. To transfer ownership of land, either fee simple or a partial interest, for a public use, and for a public body to accept it for that public use.
DRAINAGE COURSE. A natural watercourse, swale, depression or ditch for the drainage of surface waters and storm waters.
EASEMENT. A liberty, privilege or advantage which a party or the general public may have regarding the land of another. The remainder of the rights in the land remain in the hands of the owner who retains the legal title.
ELECTRONIC COPY. A plan, sketch or print required by this chapter which is submitted in electronic format (CD, DVD or thumb drive) or by email in CAD, PDF or GIS software formats, and tied to the following geo-referencing system - AD 1983 State Plane Illinois West FIPS 1202 Feet (all coordinates of the system are expressed in feet).
EXISTING TOWNSHIP HIGHWAY. Any public road in the township which is owned and maintained by the township.
FINAL PLAT. The drawing of a subdivision prepared in the manner and containing the data, documents and information required by this chapter showing lots of record and which is to be recorded.
FLAG LOT. A lot located behind another lot or parcel with access to a public street only by a narrow strip of land extending from the buildable area of the lot to the street.
HARD COPY. A plan, sketch or print required by this chapter which is drawn on paper.
LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT. A form of land subdivision which involves the construction of a multifamily or commercial building on a lot or parcel of land one acre or more in size or two or more principal multifamily or commercial buildings on a lot or parcel of land of any size served by an internal street and utility distribution.
LOCAL STREETS. Streets not classified in a higher system which primarily provide direct access to abutting land and access to higher types of roadways. They offer the lowest level of mobility being the narrowest and shortest streets in the street system. Service to through traffic is deliberately discouraged. Refer to Illinois Department of Transportation Bureau of Design and Environment Manual for additional characteristics of Local Streets.
LOCATION MAP. A preliminary drawing or map of a proposed subdivision containing the data and information required by this chapter.
LOT. The tract within a subdivision marked by the subdivider as a numbered tract to be offered as a unit of land for sale or transfer of ownership.
MAJOR ARTERIAL STREETS AND ROADWAYS. The highest traffic volume corridors serving major activity centers and the longest trip desires. Service to abutting land is subordinate to the provision of travel service to major traffic movements. They are normally spaced on a one mile grid pattern and may include expressways. Refer to Illinois Department of Transportation Bureau of Design and Environment Manual for additional characteristics of Major Arterials.
MINOR ARTERIAL STREETS AND HIGHWAYS. Streets and roadways which interconnect with and augment the major arterial street system and provide service trips of moderate length at a somewhat lower level of travel mobility than major arterials. Minor arterials place more emphasis on land access and distribute travel to geographic areas smaller than those identified with major arterials. Refer to Illinois Department of Transportation Bureau of Design and Environment Manual for additional characteristics of Minor Arterial Streets and Highways.
MINOR SUBDIVISION. The creation of a total of up to four lots (counting the original tract from which the lots are created) which front along a public road.
OFFICIAL PLAN or COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. The Chatham, Illinois, Comprehensive Plan.
OWNER. Any or all persons, entities, trusts, or corporation holding legal title to the land to be subdivided. If the owner is a trust, all beneficiaries shall be listed as owners. If the owner is a corporation, all principals and officers shall be listed as owners.
PAVEMENT WIDTH. The distance from the edge of the pavement to the edge of the pavement but not including curb and gutter.
PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT. A form of land subdivision that allows the development of ten or more acres of land with variations of some of the restrictions of standard zoning and subdivision regulations.
PLANNING COMMISSION or COMMISSION. The Chatham Planning Commission.
PLAT. The action of officially subdividing land or the final plat which is approved by the village and recorded.
PLATS OFFICER. The executive director of the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission or his or her duly authorized representative.
PRELIMINARY PLAN. A plan of proposed subdivision or greater area prepared in the manner and containing the data, documents and information required by this chapter.
PRINCIPAL BUILDING. A building in which the principal use of the lot on which it is located is conducted.
PRIVATE STREET. A purported street, way or strip of land reserved for the use of a limited number of persons or purposes and which is not a publicly dedicated street.
PUBLIC CROSSWALK. A ten foot right-of-way through the interior of a block in which a sidewalk meeting the construction standards of this chapter is built.
PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT. Subdivision Improvements that are either owned or are to be dedicated to the village or other governmental unit for maintenance and operation, including but not limited to streets, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, water mains, sidewalks, and street lights.
PUBLIC STREET. A street owned and maintained by a governmental body.
RECORD. To file a final plat approved by the village with the Sangamon County Recorder of Deeds.
RIGHT-OF-WAY. A strip of land which has been dedicated in fee simple to a public body for streets, alleys and other public improvements as determined by the public body.
SANITARY SEWER. A constructed conduit connected with the sewer system that is designed to carry liquids and solids other than storm water to the Springfield Metro Sanitary District sanitary sewer treatment plants.
SERVICE ACCESS STREET. A street parallel to and adjacent to a major arterial which provides access from the arterial to abutting properties.
SETBACK. The minimum horizontal distance required between the building and the lot line adjoining the street right-of-way.
SHALL means something is mandatory; MAY means something is discretionary.
SKETCH PLAN. A general layout of a proposed subdivision prepared in the manner and containing the information required by this chapter.
STORM SEWER. A constructed conduit for carrying storm water to a drainage course.
STORM WATER. Water from roof downspouts, basement footing perimeter drains and yard drains as well as surface runoff.
STUB STREET. A street which is intended to be extended but which temporarily ends.
SUBDIVIDER. Any or all owners, agents or persons controlling land who commence proceedings under this chapter by submitting location and sketch maps to the Planning Commission office or by making land improvements in the form of buildings, drives, and utilities, but not necessarily involving the actual division of land.
SUBDIVISION IMPROVEMENT. Public improvements and any non-public improvements that are privately maintained but are essential elements to serve the residents of the subdivision, including but not limited to detention ponds, erosion control systems, paved ditches and unpaved swales and channels.
SUBDIVISION OF LAND. The division of land into two or more parts, any of which is less than five acres is size (see § 155.005(A) for exemptions), dedication of streets or easements of access, or creation of a Planned Unit Development. In the event a subdivision is a Planned Unit Development, the standards and regulations of this chapter shall govern.
SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS. The Sangamon County Engineer.
SURETY. A bonding agency that is financially qualified to do business in the State of Illinois.
THROUGH LOT. Any lot which is not a corner lot and which adjoins two streets that are parallel or within 45 degrees of being parallel to each other.
TOWNSHIP HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER. The Township Highway Commissioner for the township in which the subdivision is located.
TRACT SURVEY. A land survey, made by an Illinois Professional Land Surveyor, complying with the requirements of Section 1 of "An Act to revise the law in relation to plats." (765 ILCS 205/0.01) as now or hereafter amended, and Section 35 of the "Revenue Act of 1939" (35 ILCS 205/35) as now or hereafter amended.
TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE. Any sign, signal marking or device placed on or adjacent to a street or highway by authority of the village, the State of Illinois Department of Transportation or the Sangamon County Engineer.
VILLAGE. The Village of Chatham, Illinois.
VILLAGE CLERK. The Village Clerk of the Village of Chatham, Illinois.
VILLAGE'S CONSULTING ENGINEER. The professional engineer appointed or designated by the Village Board of Trustees.
WATER DEPARTMENT. The Water Department of the village.
ZONING ADMINISTRATOR. The Zoning Administrator of the village.
(Ord. 94-01, passed 1-25-94; Am. Ord. 98-69A, passed 12-22-98; Am. Ord. 10-01, passed 1-12-10; Am. Ord. 16-35, passed 6-28-16; Am. Ord. 17-45, passed 9-12-17)