(A)   Blocks.
      (1)   The lengths, widths and shapes of blocks shall be determined with due regard to: provision of adequate building sites suitable to the special needs of the type of use contemplated; zoning requirements; needs for vehicular and pedestrian circulation; control and safety of street traffic; limitations and opportunities of topography; and convenient access to water areas.
      (2)   Blocks shall not be less than 400 feet nor more than 1,500 feet in length. Where a longer block will reduce the number of railroad grade crossings, major stream crossings, or where longer blocks will result in less traffic through residential subdivisions from adjoining business or industrial areas, the Planning Board or Town Board of Aldermen may authorize block lengths in excess of 1,500 feet.
      (3)   Blocks shall have sufficient width to allow two tiers of lots of minimum depth, except where single tier lots are required to separate residential development from through vehicular traffic or another type of use, in nonresidential subdivisions or where abutting a water area.
   (B)   Lot dimensions.
      (1)   All lots in new subdivisions shall conform to the zoning requirements of the district in which the subdivision is located. CONFORMANCE TO ZONING REQUIREMENTS shall mean, among other things, that the smallest lot in the subdivision must meet all area and dimensional requirements of the town zoning ordinance, Chapter 153 of this code of ordinances.
      (2)   Orientation of residential lot lines: side lot lines shall be substantially at right angles or radial to street lines. Double-frontage lots shall be avoided wherever possible.
      (3)   Panhandle lots (i.e., flag lots) and other irregular shaped lots may be approved in cases where the lots would not be contrary to the purpose of this chapter, and heighten the desirability of the subdivision.
         (a)   All panhandle lots shall have a minimum road frontage width of 35 feet thereby providing an access strip to the lot.
         (b)   The length of the strip shall not exceed 200 feet.
         (c)   The strip shall not be used to determine lot area or width or setback lines.
         (d)   No more than 20% of the lots created in a subdivision may consist of panhandle lots.
      (4)   All minimum lot dimensions may be increased in order to meet any applicable requirements of the County Health Department.
   (C)   Easements.
      (1)   A utility easement for underground or above ground utilities shall be provided.
      (2)   The easement shall be a minimum of 25 feet in width (i.e., 12.5 feet on either side of the property line).
      (3)   More than one easement on a lot may be required to accommodate the various utility facilities.
(Ord. passed 1-16-2001)