§ 156.007  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ADDITION.  One lot, tract or parcel of land lying within the corporate boundaries of the city which is intended for the purpose of development.
   ALLEY.  A minor right-of-way dedicated to the public use, which gives a secondary means of vehicular access to the back or side of properties otherwise abutting a street and may be used for public utility purposes.
   AMENDED PLAT.  A revised plat correcting errors or making minor changes to the original recorded final plat.
   AMENITY.  An improvement to be dedicated to the public or the common ownership of the lot owners of the subdivision and providing an aesthetic, recreational or other benefit, other than those prescribed by this chapter.
   BLOCK.  A parcel of land, intended to be used for urban purposes, which is entirely surrounded by public streets, highways, railroad rights-of-way, public walks, parks or greenstrips, rural land or drainage channels or a combination thereof.
   BOND.  Any form of a surety bond in an amount and form satisfactory to the city.
   BUILDING LINE or SETBACK LINE.  A line or lines designating the area outside of which buildings may not be erected.
   CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM.  The official proposed schedule of all future public projects listed in order of construction priority together with cost estimates and the anticipated means of financing each project, as adopted by City Council.
   CITY ENGINEER.  The official with responsibility to review and release plans for construction projects, or his or her designee.
   CITY.  The City of Durant, Oklahoma.
   COMMISSION. The Planning Commission for the city.
   COMPREHENSIVE or GENERAL PLAN.  A plan for development of the city prepared and adopted by the City Council, and including any part of such plan separately adopted and any amendment to such plan, or parts thereof.
   CONSTRUCTION PLAN.  The maps or drawings accompanying a plat and showing the specific location and design of public improvements to be installed in the subdivision or addition in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Commission as a condition of the approval of the plat.
   CONTIGUOUS.  Lots are contiguous when at least one boundary line of one lot touches a boundary line or lines of another lot.
   CONVEYANCE PLAT.  An interim plat recording the subdivision of property or defining a remainder of property created by the approval of a final plat for a portion of property, where approval of final development plans is not sought.
   COUNCIL.  The City Council of the City of Durant, Oklahoma.
   COUNTY.  Bryan County, Oklahoma.
   DEDICATION PLAT.  A plat prepared for the purpose of dedicating land or easements for rights-of-way to the city.
   DEVELOPER.  The person, business, corporation or association responsible for the development of the subdivision or addition. In most contexts the terms Developer and Property Owner are used interchangeably in these regulations.
   DEVELOPMENT EXACTION.  Any dedication of land or easements for, construction of, or contribution toward construction of a public improvement required as a condition of plat approval by the city under these regulations.
   DEVELOPMENT.  Any man-made change to improved or unimproved real estate, including but not limited to, buildings or other structures, paving, drainage or utilities, but not agricultural activities.
   DIRECTOR.  The Director of the Community Development Department of the city, or his or her designee.
   DRAINAGE WAY.  All land areas needed to allow passage of the base flood, including sufficient access above the base flood elevation along each side of and parallel to the natural or excavated channel.
   EASEMENT.  A grant by the property owner to the public, a corporation or persons of the use of a strip of land for specific purposes.
   ESCROW.  A deposit of cash with the city in accordance with city policies.
   FINAL PLAT.  The map of a subdivision or addition to be recorded after approval by the Planning Commission and any accompanying material and additional requirements as described in these regulations.
   FLOODPLAIN.  Any land area susceptible to being inundated by water from the base flood.
   IMPROVEMENT AGREEMENT.  A contract entered into by the developer and the city by which the developer promises to complete the required public improvements within the subdivision or addition within a specified time period following final plat approval.
   LOT.  A subdivision of a block or other parcel intended as a unit for the transfer of ownership or for development.
   LOT, CORNER.  A lot which has at least two adjacent sides abutting for the full lengths on a street, provided that the interior angle at the intersection of such two sides is less than 135 degrees.
   LOT, DOUBLE FRONTAGE.  A lot which runs through a block from street to street and which has two nonintersecting sides abutting on two or more streets.
   LOT OF RECORD.  A lot created prior to January 1, 2008, which is the date of enactment of these subdivision regulations for the city through this chapter.
   MAJOR PLAT.  All plats not classified as minor plats, including but not limited to subdivisions of more than four lots, or any plat requiring creation of any new street or extension of the city's facilities.
   MINOR PLAT.  A subdivision resulting in four or fewer lots and not requiring the creation of any new street or the extension of municipal facilities.
   MUNICIPAL FACILITY.  An improvement owned and maintained by the city.
   OFF-SITE IMPROVEMENT.  Any public improvement located outside the physical boundaries of the subdivision or addition to be platted.
   PERIMETER STREET.  Any existing or planned street which abuts the subdivision or addition to be platted.
   PLAT.  The plan or map for the subdivision or addition to be filed for record in the county where such subdivision or addition is located.
   PLATTING.  The act of preparing for approval and processing, pursuant to these regulations, the plan or map for the subdivision or addition to be filed for record in the county where such subdivision or addition is located.
   PRELIMINARY PLAT.  A map of a proposed land subdivision showing the character and proposed layout of the tract in sufficient detail to indicate the suitability of the proposed subdivision of land.
   PRIVATE STREETS AND ALLEYS.  A private vehicular access way shared by and serving two or more lots, which is not dedicated to the public and is not publicly maintained. Private streets and alleys may be established only under the terms of these regulations. The term PRIVATE STREET shall be inclusive of alleys.
   PROPERTY OWNER.  Any person, group of persons, firm or firms, corporation or corporations, or any other legal entity having legal title to or sufficient proprietary interest in the land comprising the subdivision or addition, or any representative or agent thereto, who has express written authority to act on behalf of such owner.
   PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT.  Any drainage way, roadway, parkway, sidewalk, utility, pedestrian way, off-street parking area, lot improvement, open space, or other facility for which the city or other governmental entity will ultimately assume the responsibility for maintenance and operation, or which may affect an improvement for which local government responsibility is established.
   REMAINDER.  The residual land left after platting of a portion of a tract. Platting of a residual may in some instances be required under the provisions of this chapter.
   REPLATTING.  Any change in a map of an approved or recorded plat, except as permitted as an amended plat, that affects any street layout on the map or area reserved or dedicated thereon for public use or any lot line, or that affects any map or plan legally recorded prior to the adoption of any regulations controlling subdivisions or additions. Replatting includes the combination of lots into a single lot for purposes of development.
   RESUBDIVISION.  The replatting of a subdivision plat.
   RIGHT-OF-WAY.  A parcel of land occupied or intended to be occupied by a street or alley. Where appropriate right-of-way may include other facilities and utilities, such as sidewalks, railroad crossings, electrical, communication, oil or gas, water or sanitary or storm sewer facilities, or for any other special use. The use of right-of-way shall also include parkways and medians outside of pavement. The usage of the term RIGHT-OF-WAY for land platting purposes shall mean that every right-of-way hereafter established and shown on a final plat is to be separate and distinct from the lots or parcels adjoining such right-of-way and not included within the dimensions or areas of such lots or parcels.
   ROADWAY.  That portion of any street so designated for vehicular traffic and where curbs are normally placed, means that portion of the street between the curbs.
   SECURITY.  The letter of credit or cash escrow provided by the applicant to secure its promises in the improvement agreement.
   SKETCH PLAT.  A sketch preparatory to the preliminary plat or final plat, to enable the property owner to save time and expense in reaching general agreement with the Planning Commission as to the form of the plat and the objectives of these regulations.
   STREET, COLLECTOR.  A minor street as designated on the major street plan which collects traffic from other minor streets and serves as the most direct route to a major street or a community facility.
   STREET, CUL-DE-SAC.  A minor street having one and open to vehicular traffic and having one closed end terminated by a turnaround.
   STREET, FRONTAGE OR SERVICE.  A minor street auxiliary to and located on the side of a major street for service to abutting properties and adjacent areas and for control of access.
   STREET, MAJOR. An arterial street which is designated on the major street plan or Comprehensive Plan.
   STREET, MINOR.  Any street not classified as a major street on the major street plan whose primary purpose is to provide access to adjacent properties.
   SUBDIVIDER.  Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or other entity, acting as a unit, subdividing or proposing to subdivide land as herein defined.
   SUBDIVISION.  A division of any tract of land situated within the corporate limits, or within the extraterritorial jurisdiction or regional planning district of the city, into two or more parts for the purpose of laying out any subdivision of any tracts of land or any addition to the city or for laying out suburban lots or building lots, or any lots, and streets, alleys or parts or other portions intended for public use or the use of purchasers or owners of lots fronting thereon or adjacent thereto for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of creating building sites.
   SUBSTANDARD STREET.  An existing street, or highway that does not meet the minimum specifications in the Thoroughfare Standards Ordinance and city Construction Standards and Specifications, or if a state highway does not meet the minimum Standard Specifications of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and is not constructed to the ultimate extent for the type of roadway it is designated for in the major thoroughfare plan. A STANDARD STREET is a street or highway that meets or exceeds said standard specifications and major thoroughfare plan.
   TEMPORARY IMPROVEMENT. Improvements built and maintained by an owner during construction of the development of the subdivision or addition and prior to release of the performance bond or improvements required for the short term use of the property.
(Ord. 1573, passed 11-13-07)