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For the purposes of this title, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
ALLEY: The right of way which affords secondary means of access to properties abutting upon a street and located along the side of or in the rear of such properties.
BLOCK: A tract of land bounded by streets or by a combination of one or more streets and parks, cemeteries, shorelines of waterways, other permanent open spaces or corporate limit lines.
BUFFER PLANTING STRIP: A narrow strip of land adjoining a piece of property or right of way on which trees, shrubbery, hedges or other plantings are planted close enough together to prohibit the passage of persons or vehicles between the pieces of property or the property and the adjoining right of way and is used for screening purposes only.
BUILDING PERMIT: A permit issued by the village for the construction, erection or alteration of a structure or building.
BUILDING SETBACK LINE: A line within a lot or other parcel of land so designated on the plat of the subdivision or prescribed by village ordinance, between which and the adjacent street the erection of an enclosed structure or a fence or hedge is prohibited except as provided in subsection 11-4-8D1 of this code.
CERTIFY OR CERTIFICATION: Formally attesting that the specific inspections and tests where required have been performed and that such tests comply with the applicable requirements of this title.
COLLECTOR STREET: A street which carries traffic from minor streets to a primary street, including the principal entrance streets of a development and the principal circulating streets within such a development.
CUBIC YARDS: The amount of material in excavation and/or fill measured by the method of "average end areas".
CUL-DE-SAC: A minor street having one open end and being permanently terminated by a vehicle turnaround.
EASEMENT: A grant by property owners for the use of a portion of the owners' land by the general public, a corporation, a certain person or persons or other legal entity for a specific purpose or purposes.
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.
EXISTING GRADE: The vertical location of the existing ground surface prior to excavation or filling.
FILL: Any act by which earth, sand, gravel, rock or any other material is deposited, placed, replaced, pushed, dumped, pulled, transported or moved by man to a new location and shall include the conditions resulting therefrom.
FINAL GRADE: The vertical location of the ground or pavement surface after the grading work is completed in accordance with the site development plan.
FINAL PLAT: A map or plan of a subdivision and any accompanying material as described in section 12-3-9 of this title.
GRADING: Excavation or fill, or any combination thereof, and shall include the conditions resulting from any excavation or fill.
HALF STREET: A street bordering on one or more property lines of a tract of land in which the subdivider has allocated only one-half (1/2) of the ultimate right of way width.
LOT: A portion of a subdivision or other parcel of land intended as a unit for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of transfer of ownership or for building development. For the purposes of this title, a half acre lot shall have twenty thousand (20,000) square feet, and an acre lot shall have forty thousand (40,000) square feet of area within its boundaries.
LOT, BUTT: A lot at the end of a block and located between two (2) corner lots.
LOT, DOUBLE FRONTAGE: A lot which has a pair of opposite lot lines along two (2) substantially parallel streets and which is not a corner lot.
MARGINAL ACCESS STREET: A minor street which is parallel to and adjacent to a primary street, and which provides access to abutting properties and protection from through traffic.
MINOR STREET: A street of limited continuity used primarily for access to abutting properties and local needs of a neighborhood.
NATURAL DRAINAGE: Channels formed in the existing surface topography of the earth prior to changes made by unnatural causes.
OFFICIAL PLAN: Refers to the composite of the function and geographic elements of the comprehensive village plan, or any segment thereof, in the form of plans, maps, charts, ordinances and textual material as adopted by the village.
OWNER: Any person, group of persons, firm or firms, corporation or corporations or any other legal entity having legal title to the land sought to be subdivided under this title.
PARCEL: All contiguous land in one ownership.
PARKWAY: An unpaved strip of land situated between the roadway and the sidewalk or the parkway site.
PEDESTRIANWAY: A right of way access across or within a block, for use by pedestrian traffic, whether designated as a pedestrianway or crosswalk or however otherwise designated.
PERMITTEE: Any person to whom a site development permit is issued.
PERSON: Any individual, firm or corporation, public or private, the state of Illinois and its agencies or political subdivisions, and the United States Of America, its agencies and instrumentalities, and any agent, servant, officer or employee of any of the foregoing.
PLAN COMMISSION: The plan commission of the village.
PRELIMINARY PLAT: A tentative map or plan of proposed subdivision described in section 12-3-7 of this title.
PROTECTIVE COVENANT: A contract entered into between private parties and constitutes a restriction on the use of all private property within a subdivision for the benefit of property owners, and to provide mutual protection against undesirable aspects of development which would tend to impair stability of values.
PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT: Any sanitary sewer, storm sewer, drainage ditch, water main, roadway, parkway, sidewalk, pedestrianway, planting strip, off street parking area, or other facility for which the village may ultimately assume the responsibility for maintenance and operation.
PUBLIC STREET: Any primary, secondary or minor street which is shown on the subdivision plat and is to be dedicated for public use. Its primary purpose is to provide vehicular and pedestrian access to the adjoining properties.
REMOVAL: Cutting vegetation to the ground or stumps; complete extraction or killing by spraying.
RESERVATION STRIP: A strip of undeveloped land which is wider than any easement which may be located thereon, designed to act as a buffer zone between developed property and rights of way of railroads, major arterial streets, etc. Reservation strips shall be prohibited.
ROADWAY: That portion of the street available for vehicular traffic, as measured from the outside to outside edges of the curb or combination curb and gutter lines.
SITE: A lot or parcel of land, or a contiguous combination thereof, where grading work is performed as a single unified operation.
SITE DEVELOPMENT: Altering terrain and/or vegetation and constructing improvements.
STREET LINE: The street right of way line.
STRIPPING: Any activity which removes the vegetative surface cover including tree removal, clearings and storage or removal of topsoil.
SUBDIVIDER: Any person commencing proceedings under this title for himself or for another.
SUBDIVISION: The division of land into two (2) or more parts for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of transfer of ownership or of building development, including all changes in streets or lot lines. For the purposes of this title, however, the division of land into parcels or tracts of one-half (1/2) acre or more in size and not involving any new streets or easements of access, or sale or exchange of existing parcels or tracts of land, or the division of lots and blocks in a recorded subdivision are exempted from the provisions of this title; provided further, however, that the frontage of a corner lot shall not be reversed from that as platted without the proposal therefor being first submitted in writing to and approved by the corporate authorities of the village. The division of a lot or lots of record having frontage on existing improved streets shall not be deemed to be a subdivision; provided, that such division does not create more than two (2) parcels of land which meet all the requirements of the zoning ordinance, and that no new street is sought thereby to be dedicated or is contemplated or projected through such lands. All of such divisions of lots or lots of record shall be shown on a certified plat of survey which shall be filed with the director of community development in triplicate. The term subdivision includes resubdivision and, where it is appropriate to the context, relates to the process of subdividing or to the land subdivided.
SUBDIVISION DESIGN STANDARDS: The basic land planning principles and specifications established as guides for the preparation of subdividing plans, indicating, among other things, the minimum and maximum dimensions of the various elements set forth in the plans.
SWALE: A gentle, shallow, unobstructed drainageway for the drainage of stormwater, with a minimum grade of one-half of one percent (0.5%) and with side slopes of one foot (1') in six feet (6') maximum.
VACANT: Land of which there are no structures or only structures which are secondary to the use or maintenance of the land itself.
VILLAGE: The village of Glendale Heights, DuPage County, Illinois.
VILLAGE BOARD: The village president and the village board of trustees.
VILLAGE ENGINEER: The village engineer, or his duly authorized representative. (1978 Code § 7-1-2; amd. 2011 Code)