§ 22-401.   General Standards.
   1.   Standards Applicable to All Areas.
   A.   A subdivision must be coordinated with existing development in the neighborhood so the entire area will be developed harmoniously.
   B.   In all subdivisions, every precaution shall be taken to preserve all natural and historic features determined to be worthy of preservation by the Borough. Examples of such features would include, but not be limited to, large trees or stands of trees, watercourses, historic areas and structures, and scenic views. To insure the protection of such features, the Borough may require the following additional information to be submitted:
   (1)   A grading plan showing the existing and proposed ground elevations relative to the features.
   (2)   The accurate location of the features to be protected.
   (3)   An explanation of the precautions to be taken by the developer to protect such features.
   C.   Where any excavation or grading is proposed or where any existing trees, shrubs or other vegetative cover will be removed, the developer shall consult the County Conservation District representative concerning plans for erosion and sediment control and to also obtain a report on the soil characteristics of the site so that a determination can be made as to the type of development the site may accommodate.
   D.   In areas of a subdivision where the average slope exceeds 15 percent, the Borough may recommend modifications to these regulations.
   E.   Where the lots in a subdivision are large enough for resubdivision or where a portion of the tract is not subdivided, suitable access to these areas shall be provided.
   2.   Additional Standards for Flood-Prone Areas.
   A.   Where not prohibited by this or any other laws or ordinances, land located in floodprone area(s) may be platted for development with the provision that the developer construct all buildings and structures to preclude flood damage in accordance with this and any other laws and ordinances regulating such development.
   B.   No subdivision and/or land development, or part thereof, shall be approved if the proposed development and/or improvements will, individually or collectively, increase the regulatory flood elevation more than 1 foot at any point.
   C.   Building sites for residences or any other type of dwelling or accommoda tion shall not be permitted in any floodway area. Sites for these uses may be permitted outside the floodway area if the sites or dwelling units are elevated to a height at least 1½ feet above the elevation of the regulatory flood. If fill is used to raise the elevation of a site, the fill area shall extend out laterally for a distance of at least 10 feet beyond the limits of the proposed structures.
   D.   Building sites for structures or buildings other than for residential uses are not permitted in any floodway area. Such sites for structures or buildings outside the floodway shall be protected as provided for in paragraph .B above. However, the governing body may allow the subdivision and/or development of areas or sites for commercial and industrial uses at an elevation less than 1½ feet above the regulatory flood if the developer otherwise protects the area to that height or assures that the buildings or structures will be floodproofed at least up to that height.
   E.   If the Borough Council determines that only a part of a proposed plat can be safely developed, it shall limit development to that part and shall require that development proceed consistent with this determination.
   F.   When a developer does not intend to develop the plat himself and the Borough Council determines that additional controls are required to insure safe development, it may require the developer to impose appropriate deed restrictions on the land. Such deed restrictions shall be inserted in every deed and noted on every recorded plat.
(Ord. 6/6/1977, §401)