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A. General Provisions: Design standards and specifications for streets and storm drains are adopted by the board of county commissioners and amended as necessary. The Churchill County road department and planning department, hereinafter referred to as "county", will review all developments located within the Churchill County boundaries to evaluate the feasibility of integrating the development, presently or in the future, with Churchill County systems. Developers and their consulting engineers must meet with the county prior to any formal plan submittal to discuss proposed street design, alignment and layout to ensure compliance with the master plan and transportation plan, compliance with development standards and the feasibility of integration into existing and future systems. Once a project has been determined feasible, complete design and improvement plans are required for county review.
1. Legal Compliance: The developer and the engineer shall comply with all applicable federal and state laws, county ordinances, the Americans with disabilities act and regulations that affect the design of water, alternative water, wastewater systems, storm drainage and street improvements.
2. Agency Approvals: It is the responsibility of the developer and/or engineer of record to obtain the approvals of any required public agency prior to submitting improvement plans to Churchill County for approval, as the county will require copies of all permits, approvals, correspondence and/or requirements from other agencies directly associated with the development.
Churchill County requires written notice of approval by the appropriate review agency. The planning department of Churchill County may require a special use permit (SUP) for aboveground structures such as tanks and pump station buildings. The engineer of record must verify such requirements.
3. Approved Plans: Complete designs for storm drainage and street improvements, including any necessary dedications, easements, and rights of way, shall be submitted to and approved by Churchill County prior to the start of the project or final subdivision map being approved.
4. Facilities And Public Land: All Churchill County facilities shall be either on or within land owned by Churchill County, or within public easements.
5. Improvement Plans:
a. Plans By Engineer: All plans, specifications, calculations, reports, easements, and rights of way submitted to Churchill County shall be prepared, stamped, and signed by the engineer of record in accordance with Nevada Revised Statutes title 54, chapter 625. All submittals must be wet stamped by a civil engineer registered in the state of Nevada. Any improvement plans submitted to Churchill County that are not stamped by a civil engineer registered in the state of Nevada will be cause for rejection and resubmittal.
b. Improvement Plan Submittal: The initial submittal of improvement plans to Churchill County shall consist of the following:
(1) Three (3) sets of blue line or black line (OCE) plans, complete and in accordance with these review guidelines, along with any required specifications, computations, test data, reports, studies, analysis and other material requested by the county, including two (2) copies of a geotechnical report, three (3) copies of a drainage report, and a phasing plan and paving schedule, if applicable. Site plans and utility plans shall be prepared in a format compatible with Churchill County GIS data for integration with the GIS system. Churchill County uses the North American datum, 1983 (NAD 83) Nevada state plane, west zone (2703), U.S. survey foot projection. Vertical datum shall be North American vertical datum, 1988 (NAVD 88).
(2) The name, address and telephone number of the owner and the engineer of record to be contacted concerning the plans.
Churchill County will review the plans within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt. If alterations or revisions are required to the plans as submitted, the county will return one redlined improvement plan set with the corrections marked or indicated. If the improvement plans submitted are not prepared in accordance with these review guidelines or in keeping with the standards of the profession, Churchill County may return them unmarked and unapproved. Churchill County will not, under any circumstances, provide design by review. It is the engineer of record's responsibility to ensure proper engineering principles are incorporated in each design.
(3) The county engineer, or designee, is required to sign the cover sheet of all submittals.
c. Improvement Plan Resubmittal: Plans being resubmitted shall consist of a minimum of three (3) complete sets of plans and the returned redlined markup. Additional sets may be required by Churchill County. Plans being resubmitted that contain revisions or alterations other than those required by the county shall be identified as to the revisions made, and will be treated as an initial submittal.
6. Approved Plans: Once the improvement plans have been approved by the county, a signed set of approved plans will then be returned by the county to the engineer of record. All other pertinent review/approval agencies must provide authorization (signatures) prior to submitting to Churchill County for approval. Once all signatures are obtained (including, but not limited to, the Churchill County road department and Churchill County planning department), two (2) sets of approved plans will be retained by the county. Improvement plans shall be approved by Churchill County before construction begins. All construction shall be in accordance with the approved plans. Any required revisions to the approved plans shall be submitted by the engineer of record and approved by Churchill County prior to construction.
7. Project Inspection: Inspection of infrastructure within Churchill County rights of way will be performed by Churchill County or its authorized agent and all costs incurred will be paid by the owner/developer. Prior to construction, one percent (1%) of the engineer's estimate for the total project will be deposited with the road department for inspections. All other required materials testing and special inspections shall be performed in accordance with "Orange Book" guidelines by an independent inspection/quality control entity, which the owner/developer is responsible for securing and all costs incurred will be paid by the owner/developer. The owner/developer shall provide Churchill County with the materials testing firm and/or special inspector contact information in writing. Churchill County reserves the right to inspect the project at any time and to require replacement of the materials testing firm and special inspector used. The county or its authorized agent shall have the authority to approve field changes and shut down projects should this action be necessary in the best interest of the county. Reports of all materials testing and special inspections provided by the owner/developer shall be submitted to Churchill County prior to each phase of construction and a complete summary report shall be provided at the end of construction.
8. Bonding Requirements: All development projects are required to be bonded prior to project commencement unless the final map is to be filed after completion and acceptance of the improvements. The bond shall be based on a county approved engineer's estimate that includes a ten percent (10%) contingency of the project cost. The owner/developer shall be required to post a surety bond, cash or improvement security with Churchill County to guarantee the satisfactory completion of any improvements to county systems. The total bond amount shall be for one hundred ten percent (110%) of the total estimated cost that includes contingency. The owner/developer shall enter into a performance agreement with the county when the bond is posted, said agreement to be approved by the county prior to construction.
9. Preconstruction Meeting: A preconstruction meeting will be conducted by the developer prior to project commencement. A representative of Churchill County, the contractor, testing firm and engineer of record/independent inspector is required to be present at the preconstruction meeting. The developer must schedule the preconstruction meeting and shall provide at least one week prior notice to the county of the date and time of the meeting. Upon completion of the preconstruction meeting, a notice to proceed will be issued by Churchill County.
10. Revisions After Approval: Should revisions to the approved plans become necessary, the engineer of record shall submit two (2) sets of plans showing the proposed revisions. Once the plans are approved by Churchill County, one set will be returned to the engineer of record. Major project changes or revisions require approval by the county prior to incorporating the change in the field. Any major revisions to the project that are not approved by the county prior to implementation shall result in removal of the work associated with the change and replacement. All removal and replacement work required shall be at the developer's expense.
11. Conflicts, Errors And Omissions: Excepted from approval are any features of the plans that are contrary to, in conflict with, or do not conform to Nevada state law, this title or resolution, Churchill County standards, conditions of approval, or generally accepted good engineering practice in keeping with the standards of the profession, even though such error, omissions or conflicts may have been overlooked in Churchill County's review of the plans.
12. Partial Plans: Where the improvement plans submitted cover only a portion of the ultimate development, the plans submitted shall be accompanied by the approved tentative plans for the entire project. Where no approved tentative plan exists, a conceptual project plan that adequately shows project improvements, topography, and other pertinent features shall be submitted. All phased boundaries shall be clearly identified on the plans.
13. Plan Sheet Requirements: All improvement plans shall be on sheets measuring twenty four inches by thirty six inches (24" x 36") or twenty two inches by thirty four inches (22" x 34"). Upon approval, one set of reduced "1/2 scale" plans shall also be provided to the county on eleven inch by seventeen inch (11" x 17") size sheets. All street, storm drain, water and sewer improvement plans require plan and profile for proposed and existing conditions unless waived by Churchill County. Plan and profile sheets shall have a horizontal scale of one inch (1") equals twenty feet (20'), forty feet (40'), or fifty feet (50'); and a vertical scale of one inch (1") equals two feet (2'), four feet (4'), five feet (5') or ten feet (10'). Each sheet shall be drafted in a neat and legible manner. Every professional consideration shall be given to these plans. All improvement plans shall have a title sheet containing the following information:
a. Project name.
b. Name, address and telephone number of the owner, developer and engineer of record.
c. Location map.
d. Legal description.
e. Parcel numbers.
f. List of quantities of all Churchill County system improvements (an affidavit stating that the quantities are not to be used by the contractor for purchasing is acceptable).
g. Index of sheets.
i. Legend of symbols.
j. Signature lines for Churchill County planning department, Churchill County road department, and Truckee-Carson irrigation district (if applicable due to the proximity of their easements or facilities) approval and any other entity approvals requested by the planning director.
k. General notes.
l. Each sheet within the set of drawings shall have a title block showing the sheet title, page number, date, scale and the engineer's name, signature and stamp.
m. The stationing on plan and profile sheets shall read from left to right. Plans shall be arranged with the north arrow pointing toward the top or upper portion of the sheet, insofar as practical. Bench marks and datum shall be clearly identified on the plans as to location, description, and elevations. Churchill County will not act as the engineer's quality control.
n. All grading plans shall conform to the approved hydrology study and indicate as such on the plans.
14. Standard Details: All roads and bridges are to be constructed to Churchill County specifications in accordance with "Standard Specifications For Public Works Construction" ("Orange Book") distributed by the regional transportation commission. All specifications and standard details are to be obtained through the Churchill County road department. All roads and bridges are to be inspected and approved by the Churchill County road department.
15. As Built Drawings: Upon completion of construction and prior to acceptance of the work, the engineer of record shall submit one blue line or black line hard copy and an electronic copy (a scanned copy is required if the revisions are hand drawn) of as built drawings.
The engineer of record shall provide an as built survey of all utilities and infrastructure within the county right of way. The survey shall be on the NAD 83 Nevada west zone (2703) horizontal datum and NAVD 88 vertical datum. The specific ground to grid factor shall also be provided to allow for integration into the county's GIS database. The survey will include, but not be limited to, water valves, meters, hydrants, manholes, sewer lateral stubs, drop inlets, and centerline monuments. All manholes and drop inlets shall be measured and documented on manhole data forms to verify invert elevations and pipe sizes.
All modifications to the original design shall be clouded on the pertinent sheet and clearly marked and noted in the revision block of that plan sheet. Major revisions shall constitute reprinting of the revised plan. Minor revisions may be hand rendered, clouded, and recorded in the revision block on the plans.
As built drawings must be submitted to Churchill County within twenty (20) days of the construction completion date.
The as built drawings shall be a print of the modified construction plans and shall be identified as "as built drawings" on all sheets.
16. Naming Of Existing Roads:
a. Road names and suffixes shall be designated by the developer, subject to approval of the planning department and in accordance with the following general policy:
(1) Be short (under 12 letters if possible) and preferably in one word;
(2) Have a simple spelling and easy pronunciation;
(3) Avoid prefixes such as "north" and "south", "east" and "west", "upper" and "lower";
(4) Be related to the type and importance of the street (e.g., the suffix "boulevard" should not be attached to the name of a minor residential street);
(5) Avoid the use of numbers or letters as street names;
(6) Not be incongruous, offensive or geographically misleading;
(7) Not be repetitive or similar in sound and character;
(8) Have a single name for a street having a continuous alignment;
(9) When to be connected in the future into a continuous alignment, or extended, bear the same name as the existing street;
b. An existing noncounty maintained road may be named or renamed using the following procedure:
(1) A landowner fronting the road submits a road name application according to the provisions above using the approved road name application. The application must be complete with three (3) different road names and a list of all other landowners that will be affected.
(2) If postmaster, sheriff's office/fire marshal and all landowners agree to the road name, the name is approved by planning department. It is the responsibility of the landowners to provide and maintain street signs and stop signs for roads not maintained by the county.
B. Street Design Standards:
1. General Provisions:
a. Unless otherwise specified by Churchill County adopted standards, standard specifications and details for Churchill County construction or items in this chapter, design of all streets and related improvements shall conform to the following: Churchill County specifications in accordance with "Standard Specifications For Public Works Construction" ("Orange Book") distributed by the regional transportation commission and "Manual For Uniform Traffic Control Devices" published by federal highway administration and U.S. department of transportation. The more restrictive standard shall prevail for design. All specifications and standard details are to be obtained through the Churchill County road department. All streets are to be inspected and approved by the Churchill County road department.
b. Street widths, lengths and alignments shall generally conform to these review guidelines and the standard details for Churchill County construction and elements thereof. All streets and alleys within a subdivision or development shall be improved and conform to Churchill County standards and shall be constructed in phases/sections no less than five hundred feet (500') in length unless specifically authorized by the county road department. Additional right of way shall be provided near intersections as required by the county in order to facilitate turning movements and ADA accessibility.
c. Rural paved residential streets shall be constructed on a minimum road easement sixty feet (60') in width. The paved section shall be twenty six feet (26') in width with a minimum of four feet (4') wide compacted shoulders. Shoulders will be constructed to facilitate stormwater runoff. Curb and gutters may be required to ensure proper drainage of stormwater runoff, as determined by the road department.
d. Grade gravel residential streets shall be constructed on a minimum road easement sixty feet (60') in width. The traveled way will be a minimum of thirty four feet (34') in width and shoulders will be constructed to facilitate stormwater runoff.
e. Street design shall conform to standard details and be based on the design subgrade resilience modulus (R-value) provided in a soils (geotechnical) report prepared by a Nevada registered civil engineer, submitted with the improvement plans. All soils report recommendations are to be incorporated into the design of the improvements. A drainage report, prepared by a Nevada registered civil engineer, shall also be submitted with the improvement plans.
f. All boring and test pit logs shall be shown on the plans. Where groundwater is encountered, the elevation of groundwater shall be indicated in all profiles.
2. Design Standards: The "Standard Specifications For Public Works Construction", latest edition ("Orange Book"), and "Churchill County Design Standards And Review Guidelines For Streets And Storm Drains" have been adopted by the board of county commissioners of Churchill County and represent the minimum design and construction criteria. All design, construction and maintenance of streets and storm drains conducted or made within Churchill County, Nevada, shall conform to the adopted standards. The Churchill County road department is and shall be authorized to establish, promulgate and revise as necessary, design, construction and maintenance standards relating to streets and storm drains within Churchill County, Nevada. The most recent version of such standards shall be available at the road department.
3. Road Maintenance: The developer shall enter into an agreement with the county, said agreement to be approved by the district attorney's office guaranteeing all work performed for a period of one year. The developer shall repair at his sole expense any defects in workmanship or material which appear in the work within one year of an inspection and approval by an appointed county authority. The developer shall also post a security for ten percent (10%) of the total engineer's estimate for each phase of road construction for repair and maintenance during the one year period should the developer not make the repairs. The agreement shall state that any repair work required within one year from the time of inspection shall cause an additional minimum of one year time period of guarantee by the developer. The county highway commission shall, at the road department's request, cause roads that have been constructed to this code's and "Orange Book" standards for paved roads to be expressly accepted by the county and placed on a continuing county maintenance schedule; at no time shall the county consider acceptance of gravel roads for maintenance.
4. Minimum Access Roads:
a. Criteria: The minimum access road is the absolute minimum in regards to road specifications for parceling purposes. Parcel splits not meeting the specific criteria for a minimum access road will be subject to road requirements currently specified in this code. A variance cannot be granted from the specifications of a minimum access road. All of the following criteria must be met to qualify for a minimum access road:
(1) Subject property to be divided must abut a publicly maintained road and the minimum access road to be provided shall not exceed seven hundred fifty feet (750') in length.
(2) Second and subsequent parceling maps must comply with road requirements specified in this code and are not eligible for minimum access roads.
(3) The property cannot be zoned for commercial or industrial use.
b. Minimum Specifications: Minimum specifications for a minimum access road:
(1) Road shall have an unobstructed width of not less than twenty feet (20') and the Fallon/Churchill fire marshal shall have the authority to require an increase in the width where determined inadequate for fire or rescue operations.
(2) Road shall be designed and maintained to support a minimum thirty five (35) ton load and shall be surfaced to provide year round, all weather driving capability for emergency vehicles.
(3) An adequate approved turnaround per the international fire code, latest edition, or approved by the Fallon/Churchill fire marshal shall be provided.
(4) A minimum thirty foot (30') unencumbered road easement to the last parcel created shall be provided if there is no potential for development of immediate or abutting properties.
(5) A sixty foot (60') unencumbered road easement through the last parcel shall be provided if there is potential for development of adjoining properties or properties in the immediate vicinity that utilize the existing road easements to the subject property.
(6) Road shall not be named.
(7) Any upgrades required by the fire marshal shall initially be the responsibility of the party requesting the land division. All further upgrades, maintenance, and repairs shall be the responsibility of each landowner.
(8) All addresses must be permanently and clearly posted at the entrance to the minimum access road and at the entrance to each property.
c. Bridges And Culverts:
(1) On a sixty foot (60') easement, a thirty four foot (34') standard crossing (bridge/culvert) is required at surface or traveled way.
(2) On a thirty foot (30') easement, a thirty foot (30') crossing (bridge/culvert) is required at surface or traveled way.
(1) Original developer must enter into and sign a minimum access road maintenance document that includes the development name and owner name. The document will be signed and recorded by Churchill County.
(2) Each property owner is solely responsible for the repair and maintenance of the roadway and road easement located on his/her property. Maintenance or repair of roadway, road easement or crossing shall not be the responsibility of Churchill County.
C. Stormwater Drainage: "Churchill County Design Standards And Review Guidelines For Streets And Storm Drains" has been adopted by the board of Churchill County and represents the minimum design and construction criteria. All design, construction and maintenance of storm drains conducted or made within Churchill County, Nevada, shall conform to the adopted standards. Churchill County is and shall be authorized to establish, promulgate and revise as necessary, design, construction and maintenance standards relating to storm drains within Churchill County, Nevada. The most recent version of such standards shall be available at the road department. (Bill 2010-G, 2010: Bill 2007-I, 2007: Bill 2006-G, 2006: Bill 2005-F § 2.2, 2005)