The following words and terms, whenever they occur in this title, shall be interpreted as herein defined:
ABUTTING (CONTIGUOUS, ADJACENT): Having one or more common boundary lines or district lines.
ALLEY: A public right of way which is less than thirty feet (30') wide and affords a secondary means of access to abutting property. Frontage on an alley shall not be construed as satisfying the requirements related to frontage on a public street.
BASEMENT: The story of a building which is partly below and partly above grade, and having at least one-half (1/2) its height above grade.
BLOCK: A tract of land bounded by streets, or by a street or streets and any combination of boundary lines of publicly or institutionally owned lands, railroad rights of way, rivers and lakes and/or other lines of demarcation. A block may be located in part within an incorporated city or the city of Chenoa, Illinois.
BUILDING: Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy.
BUILDING SETBACK LINE: A line within a lot, or other parcel of land, so designated on the preliminary plan and final plat, which denotes the area between such line and the adjacent street right of way line where an enclosed building, and other obstructions are prohibited, except those permitted obstructions as regulated by title 10 of this code.
CENTERLINE: A. The centerline of any right of way having uniform width;
   B.   The original centerline, where a right of way has been widened irregularly;
   C.   The new centerline, whenever a road has been relocated.
CITY: The city of Chenoa, Illinois.
CITY CLERK: The city clerk of Chenoa, Illinois, or the duly authorized representative.
CITY COUNCIL: The mayor and commissioners of Chenoa, Illinois.
CITY ENGINEER: The individual and/or consulting engineering firm for the city of Chenoa, Illinois, or his/her duly authorized representative.
CITY OF CHENOA COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: The composite of the functional and geographic elements of the comprehensive plan of the city of Chenoa, or any segment thereof in the form of plans, maps, charts, textual materials and the official map, as adopted by the planning commission.
COLLECTION TILE SYSTEM: A tile system serving individual lots for the purpose of receiving water discharged from sources such as footing tiles and water softeners.
COLLECTOR STREET: A street within a subdivision which has a wider roadway width than a minor street, and which is the prime entrance or circulation street. Its primary function is to distribute and collect traffic to and from the minor street.
CONDUIT: A buried pipe for the installation of wires or cables or the conveyance of gas, water, storm water or wastewater.
CONTRACTOR: An individual, company, firm or other party or organization who contracts to physically construct all or a portion of a project for either a developer or the city.
CRADLE: Bedding placed under and around a conduit for proper support.
CROSS SLOPE: The degree of inclination measured across pavements rather than longitudinal.
CUL-DE-SAC: A local street with only one outlet.
DEDICATE: Transfer of ownership of right of way.
DESIGN ENGINEER: The individual, responsible for the design and preparation of plans, specifications and contract documents. This individual must be a licensed professional engineer in Illinois.
DEVELOPER: See definition of Owner.
DEVELOPMENT: Both the act of changing and the state of a tract of land after its function has been purposefully changed by man including, but not limited to, construction of structures on the land, and alterations to the land, except grading that does not alter the natural flow of storm water.
DOUBLE FRONTAGE (THROUGH) LOT: A lot which has a pair of opposite lot lines along two (2) substantially parallel streets.
DRAINAGEWAY, IMPROVED: A portion of a right of way or easement used or intended principally for storm, surface or ground water drainage which meets or exceeds the design and/or construction standards for public drainageways.
DRAINAGEWAY, UNIMPROVED: A portion of land used or intended principally for storm, surface or ground water drainage which does not meet or exceed the design and/or construction standards for public drainageways.
DRIVEWAY: A private accessway for motor vehicles between a public or private street and one or more structures or off street parking areas.
DWELLING: A building designed or used principally for residential occupancy, including, without limitation, single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings and multiple-family dwellings.
EASEMENT: A quantity of land set aside in which a liberty, privilege, or advantage in land without profit, is dedicated and is distinct from fee ownership of the land, is granted either to the public, a particular person, a utility company or a combination thereof.
ENGINEER: A licensed professional engineer licensed by the state of Illinois.
ESCROW DEPOSIT: A deposit in cash or other approved securities to assure the completion of improvements within a subdivision or planned unit development.
EXCAVATION: Any act by which organic matter, earth, sand, gravel, rock, or any other similar material is cut into, dug, quarried, uncovered, removed, displaced, relocated or bulldozed and shall include the conditions resulting therefrom.
FIELD INSPECTOR: An individual, company or firm appointed by the city engineer to inspect construction to ensure compliance with approved plans and specifications.
FILL: Any act by which earth, sand, gravel, rock or any other material is deposited, placed, replaced, pushed, dumped, pulled, transported or moved by humans to a new location and shall include the conditions resulting therefrom.
FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: A final plan that is required to be submitted to the city clerk as specified in the planned unit development regulations.
FINAL GRADE: The vertical location of the ground or pavement surface after the grading work is completed in accordance with the approved engineering plans.
FINAL PLAT: A map or plan of a subdivision and any accompanying material as described hereafter.
FINAL PUNCH LIST: A tabulation of deficiencies requiring corrective action prior to final acceptance of a project.
FLOOD: A general or temporary condition of inundation of normally dry land areas from the overflow, the unusual and rapid accumulation or the runoff of surface waters from any source.
FLOOD ROUTE: A designed strip or piece of land which will receive the excess surface runoff not accommodated by storm sewer or other drainage facilities.
FRONTAGE: The measure of lineal contiguity between a lot or portion thereof and another lot, public street, alley or public way.
FRONTAGE ROAD: A local street which is parallel to and either contiguous to, adjacent to, or within the right of way of an arterial street.
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS): A computer system maintained by Bloomington, Normal and McLean County that stores and links nongraphic attributes or geographically referenced data with graphic map features to allow a wide range of information processing and display operations, as well as map production, analysis and modeling.
HALF STREET: A street of less than the total required width.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (IDOT): The division of state government identified by this name.
LAND IMPROVEMENT: Any sanitary sewerage system, storm sewer system, water access strip, off street parking area, or other improvement which the city may require under this title.
LIVE STORAGE: That volume available in a storm water detention/retention basin for runoff in accordance with the requirements of this title.
LOT: A quantity of land capable of being described with such definition that its location and boundaries may be established and which is designated by its owner or developer as land to be conveyed, used or developed as a unit or which has been conveyed, used or developed as a unit, including any easements appurtenant thereto. Such lot shall have frontage on a public or private street.
LOT AREA: The area of a horizontal plane bounded by the vertical planes through front, side, and rear lot lines.
LOT, BUTT: A lot at the end of a block and located between two (2) corner lots.
LOT, CORNER: A lot located at the intersection of two (2) or more streets. A lot abutting on a curved street or streets shall be considered a corner lot if straight lines drawn from the foremost points of the side lot lines to the foremost point of the lot meet at an interior angle less than one hundred thirty five degrees (135°).
LOT DEPTH: Any distance between the midpoints of straight lines connecting the foremost points of the side lot lines in front and the rearmost points of the side lot lines in the rear.
LOT, DOUBLE FRONTAGE: A lot which has a pair of opposite lot lines along two (2) substantially parallel streets.
LOT, INTERIOR: A lot which faces on one street or with opposite sides on two (2) streets.
LOT OF RECORD: A lot which is part of a subdivision recorded in the office of the McLean County recorder of deeds, or a lot or parcel described by metes and bounds, the description of which has been legally recorded.
LOT, THROUGH: "Through lot" means a lot other than a corner lot with frontage on more than one street. Through lots abutting two (2) streets may be referred to as double frontage lots.
MEDIAN: An area between opposite traffic lanes of a street or roadway.
MINOR STREET: A street of limited continuity. Its primary purpose is to serve abutting properties.
MONUMENT: A. Section corner monumentation.
   B.   Property line monumentation.
   C.   GIS monumentation.
NO ACCESS STRIP: A land area at least three feet (3') wide along a lot line within which no vehicular driveways shall be permitted.
OFFICIAL COMPREHENSIVE PLAN (COMPREHENSIVE PLAN): The composite of the functional and geographic elements of the comprehensive plan of the city of Chenoa, or any segment thereof in the form of plans, maps, charts, textual materials and the official map, as adopted by the city council.
OFFICIAL MAP: The map adopted by the planning commission as part of the city of Chenoa comprehensive plan which is designated "comprehensive plan and official map" in that plan.
OUTLOT: A lot depicted on a final subdivision plat which does not meet the requirements of this title for lots of record and which may not be used for buildings and parking lots.
OWNER: Any person, firm, association, partnership, private corporation, public or quasi-public corporation who will be responsible for paying the cost of the project, or a combination of any of them, or other legal entity having sufficient proprietary interest in the land sought to be subdivided or developed to commence and maintain proceedings under the provisions of this title.
PARCEL: All contiguous land used or legally described and recorded as a single unit.
PARKING LOT: An area not on public right of way, exclusive of driveways, which is used for the parking of motor vehicles.
For purposes of computing the number of parking spaces in a lot, all areas used for parking under unified control on the same or contiguous parcels of land shall be considered as one lot.
PARKING SPACE/PAD: A parking pad is an off street parking area adjacent to a driveway which provides parking for a single motor vehicle.
PARKWAY (SIDE STRIP): The unpaved strip of land within a street right of way between a curb and right of way line.
PAVEMENT: A portion of the street designated for vehicular use measured from face of curb to face of curb or edge to edge of paved street surface where there are no curbs.
PEDESTRIANWAY: A right of way or easement across or within a block designated for pedestrian use.
PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT: A lot or group of lots which is developed as a unit under single ownership or unified control, which includes one or more principal buildings or uses, and is processed under the planned unit development procedure of this title.
PLANNING COMMISSION: The planning commission or plan commission of Chenoa, Illinois. The city council may act as the planning commission with respect to any proposed or existing subdivision, and in those instances all references to the planning commission herein shall refer to the city council.
PRELIMINARY PLAN: A tentative map or plan of a proposed subdivision as described in this title.
PROJECT: All of the various parts of proposed construction submitted to the city engineer for approval.
PROPERTY LINE: The lines bounding a lot or parcel and delineating the land in individual ownership.
PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS: Includes streets, sidewalks, public utilities and other structures, fixtures or land appurtenances which are or are intended to be dedicated to the city of Chenoa and the public generally.
RELEASE RATE: The controlled rate at which storm water is released from a storm water detention/retention basin, not including overflow.
RESERVE: To set aside a parcel of land in anticipation of its acquisition by the city (or other government entity) for public purposes.
RIGHT OF WAY: A strip of land dedicated to or used by the public for vehicular and/or pedestrian passage; storm, surface or ground water drainage; or public utility placement.
ROADWAY: A portion of a right of way used or intended principally for vehicular passage, with appurtenant drainage ditches, ways or structures which does not meet or exceed the design standards for the classification it holds.
SETBACK: The minimum longitudinal distance between the building line or structure and the related front, side or rear property line.
SETBACK LINE: A line shown on a plat delineating a setback.
SIDE STRIP: The unpaved strip of land within a right of way and is parallel to the roadway.
SIDEWALK: A portion of a right of way used or intended principally for pedestrian passage, which meets or exceeds the design standards for public sidewalks.
STORM FREQUENCY: The frequency of occurrence of a rainfall representing the number of years in which a rain of that magnitude, or larger, will occur. Statistically, it represents the probability of occurrence of a storm event, e.g., 100-year frequency storm has one percent (1%) probability in any given year, 5-year frequency storm has twenty percent (20%) probability.
STORM WATER DETENTION BASIN: A reservoir designed and built for temporary storage of surface runoff, either on, below or above ground surface accompanied by controlled release of the entire stored water.
STORM WATER RETENTION BASIN: A wet bottom reservoir designed and built for the temporary storage of surface runoff, above normal water level of the reservoir, accompanied by controlled release of the part of the stored water above normal water level of the facility.
STORY: That portion of a building included between the upper surface of the floor and upper surface of the floor or roof next above. A basement shall be counted as a story, and a cellar shall not be counted as a story, unless it contains a dwelling unit.
STREET: That portion of a public or private right of way used and maintained by a public entity which affords the public the principal means of access to adjacent lots of record or property and meets the design and construction standards for the classification it holds.
STREET, ARTERIAL: An arterial street has a high average daily traffic (ADT) and is not intended to be a residential street. An arterial street provides connection with major state and interstate roadways and has a high potential for the location of significant community facilities as well as retail, commercial, and industrial facilities.
STREET, COLLECTOR: A collector street functions to conduct traffic between arterial streets and/or activity centers. It is a principal traffic artery within residential areas and carries moderate volumes of traffic. (A collector street has potential for sustaining minor retail or other commercial establishments along its route which will influence the traffic flow.)
STREET, EXTERIOR: A street on the perimeter of a subdivision.
STREET, INTERIOR: A street entirely within the confines of a subdivision.
STREET, LOCAL: A local street is a short street, cul-de-sac, or court. The primary purpose of a local street is to conduct traffic to and from dwelling units or businesses to other streets within the hierarchy of streets.
STREET STANDARDS AND CLASSIFICATIONS: The current Illinois department of transportation classifications and standards as modified by the city council pertaining to requirements for streets, as from time to time amended.
STREET WIDTH: The shortest distance between the right of way lines of a given street.
STRUCTURE: Anything constructed or erected, the use of which requires permanent or temporary location on or in the ground including, but not limited to, buildings, fences, gazebos, signs, billboards, supporting tower, and swimming pools.
SUBDIVIDE: a) The division of land into two (2) or more lots, parcels, or tracts; b) the dedication of streets, ways, or other areas for use of the public; c) any division of land which creates more than one additional lot for transfer or ownership and/or building development, or where a new street is involved, or additional utilities, such as sewer or water trunk lines are involved; d) any development of property adjacent to a street which street does not comply with the city's standards for new street construction or right of way width; or e) meets the definition of a planned unit development; or f) long term lease for new development.
SUBDIVIDER: Any owner commencing proceedings under this title.
SUBDIVISION: The configuration of lots of record, outlots, public rights of way and public improvements which result from subdividing land in accordance with the procedures, requirements and standards of this title.
TRAIL: That portion of public right of way separated from the roadway intended for multipurpose, nonmotorized transportation and recreational use.
UNIFIED CONTROL: The combination of two (2) or more tracts of land of either through unified ownership or other arrangements, wherein each owner has agreed to allow use and develop their tracts as a single lot under the provisions of the ordinance applicable to planned unit developments.
USE: The use of property is the purpose or activity for which the land, or building thereon, is designed, arranged, or intended, or for which it is occupied or maintained, and shall include any manner of performance of such activity with respect to the regulations of the city of Chenoa zoning code.
VACATE: To terminate the legal existence of right of way or easement or subdivision, and to so note on the final plat recorded with the McLean County recorder of deeds.
WALKWAY: A portion of a right of way used or intended principally for pedestrian passage which does not meet or exceed the design standards for public sidewalk.
WATERSHED: That land area from which all runoff from rainfall would eventually reach the point in question by flowing over the surface of the ground or through existing improvements.
ZONING ADMINISTRATOR: The zoning administrator of Chenoa, Illinois, or his duly authorized representative.
ZONING MAP: The official zoning map is the map adopted by the city council showing all the zoning district boundaries within the city of Chenoa, Illinois. (Ord. 542, 11-26-2007)