§ 170.15   SPECIFICATIONS FOR DOCUMENTS
   (A)   Sketch Plat. Prior to submission of a Preliminary Subdivision Plat, any subdivider proposing a subdivision or resubdivision of a tract of land or involving the opening of a new street, shall submit to the Building Commissioner a sketch plan of the Subdivision as to provide the Building Commissioner with information concerning the proposed development and to review at an early stage, the requirements affecting the proposed subdivision.
      1.   General. The following items are required for the sketch plan:
         a.    Location and description of property
            i.   Location of property by township, section number, subdivision (with block and lot numbers) as applicable shall be specified and in the case of unsubdivided properties, location township and section range (metes and bounds).
            ii.   Size of tracts in acres or existing lots, if any, in square feet
         b.    Information as to Ownership
            i.   Name of owner and agent, address and telephone number of legal owner or agent or property.
            ii.   Description of any existing legal rights-of-way or easements affecting the property.
            iii.   Listing of any existing covenants on the property.
      2.   Drawing Showing Existing Features. A hand drawn sketch at a scale of approximately two hundred (200) feet to the inch shall show information for the property, which is proposed to be subdivided, and for adjoining properties for a distance of not less than one hundred (100) feet, which will include:
         a.   A general layout of streets, blocks, and lots for the entire tract under control of the subdivider.
         b.   Identification of any general area to be set aside for schools, parks, or other community facilities.
         c.   Identification of sites for uses other than single-family dwellings.
         d.   General indications of how subdivision is to be provided with water service, sanitary sewers, and storm drainage.
   (B)   Supplementary Information. The following information, as applicable, should be provided at this time in order for the Building Commissioner to better assess the advisability of authorizing the preparation of the preliminary plat.
      1.   The boundary of the property and its true relationship to the right-of-way of the existing road upon which it may border.
      2.   The location and name of all adjacent subdivided and unsubdivided property.
      3.   Present zoning classification.
      4.   The location, width, and type of use of any existing roads, rights-of-way, easements or other special purpose areas within the property, or immediately adjacent thereto, together with the location of any towers, poles, or other structures in connection with electric transmission lines.
      5.   Approximate location of any existing underground utilities, such as sewers, water mains, storm drains, gas or oil transmission lines, etc., within the property on immediately adjacent thereto, with approximate pipe size and directions of slope.
      6.   Existing topography with suitable contour intervals, giving benchmarks, not greater than five feet, together with drainage channels, streams, springs, swamps, flood zones, rock outcrops, buildings, wooded areas, or other features likely to affect the plan. The source and accuracy of the topographic details shown on the plan shall be in terms of U.S.G.S. data and/or field survey.
   (C)   Preliminary Plat
      1.   General. The preliminary plat shall be prepared by a licensed land surveyor at a convenient "engineer's" scale not more than one (1) inch equals one hundred (100) feet. It may be prepared in pen or pencil and the sheets shall be numbered in sequence, if more than one (1) sheet is used. All sheets shall be of such size as is acceptable for filing in the office of the County Recorder but shall not be larger than thirty-four by forty-four (34 X 44) inches. The map prepared for the preliminary plat should be drawn on tracing cloth or reproducible mylar. Preparation in pencil would make any required changes and/or additions easier.
      2.   Name.
         a.   Name of subdivision if property is within an existing subdivision.
         b.   Proposed name if not within a previously platted subdivision.
      3.   Ownership.
         a.   Name and address, including telephone number, of legal owner or agent of property.
         b.   Citation of any existing legal rights-of-way or easements affecting the property.
         c.   Existing covenants on the property, if any.
         d.   Name and address, telephone number, and registration number of the professional engineer and/or surveyor responsible for subdivision design, for the design of public improvements, and for surveys.
      4.   Description. Location of property by lot or section, township, range, and county (metes and bounds). Graphic scale, north arrow, and date shall be included.
      5.   Features.
         a.   Location of property lines, existing easements, burial grounds, railroad rights-of-way, water­courses, and existing wooded areas or trees eight (8) inches or more in diameter, measured four (4) feet above ground level; location, width, and names of all existing or platted streets or other public ways within the tract.
         b.   The location of property with respect to surrounding property and streets, including the names of adjoining developments, and names of adjoining streets.
         c.   Location, size, invert elevations, and slopes of existing sewers, water mains, culverts and other underground structures within the tract and existing permanent buildings and utility poles on the tract.
         d.   Approximate topography of the proposed subdivision site with contour lines shown at five (5) foot intervals in rolling or hilly terrain and two (2) foot intervals in level terrain, referenced to sea-level datum and an established benchmark.
         e.   The approximate location and width of proposed streets.
         f.   Proposals for connection with existing water supply and sanitary sewer systems, or alternative means of providing water supply and sanitary waste disposal and treatment; preliminary provisions for collecting and discharging surface water drainage.
         g.   The approximate location, dimensions, and areas of all proposed or existing lots.
         h.   The approximate location, dimensions, and area of all parcels of land proposed to be set aside for park or playground use or other public use, or for the use of property owners in the proposed subdivision.
         i.   The location of temporary stakes to enable the local officials to find and appraise features of the preliminary plat in the field, if needed.
         j.   Whenever the preliminary plat covers only a part of an applicant's contiguous holdings, the applicant shall submit, at the scale of no more than two hundred (200) feet to the inch, a sketch in pen or pencil of the proposed subdivision area, together with its proposed street system, and an indication of the probable future street system, and an indication of the probable future street and drainage system of the remaining portion of the tract.
         k.   A vicinity map showing streets and other general development of the surrounding area. The preliminary plat shall show all school and improvement district lines with the districts (or zones) properly designated.
   (D)   Final Plat
      1.   General. The final plat shall be prepared by a licensed land surveyor or engineer at a convenient "engineers" scale not more than one (1) inch equals one hundred (100) feet. It shall be prepared in pen and the sheets shall be numbered in sequence if more than one (1) sheet is used. All sheets shall be of such size as is acceptable for filing in the office of the County Recorder but shall not be larger than thirty-four by forty-four (34 X 44) inches. The map prepared for the final plat should be drawn on tracing cloth or reproducible mylar.
      2.   Features. The final plat shall show the following:
         a.   The location and dimensions of all boundary lines of the property and lots expressed in feet and decimals of a foot, the area and bearings of all lines to a minimum of one-half (1/2) minute.
         b.   The location, width, or size of existing streets, easements, water bodies, and other pertinent features such as swamps, railroads, buildings, parks, cemeteries, drainage ditches, bridges, and culverts, as determined by the Plan Commission.
         c.   The location and width of all proposed streets, easements, alleys, and other public ways, and proposed street rights-of-ways and building set-back lines.
         d.   The location, dimensions, and areas of all proposed or existing lots including dimensions of all lot lines expressed in feet and decimals of a foot, and bearings of all lines to a minimum of one-half (1/2) minute.
         e.   The location and dimensions of all property proposed to be set aside for park or playground use, or other public or private reservation, with designation of the purpose, thereof, and conditions, if any, of the dedication or reservation.
         f.   The name and address of the owner of land to be subdivided; the name and address of the subdivider, if other than the owner; and the name and address of the land surveyor.
         g.   The date of the map, north arrow, scale, and title of subdivision.
         h.   The location of all proposed and existing monuments.
         i.   Name of the subdivision.
         j.   Indication of the use of any lot (single-family, two family, multi-family, etc.) and all uses other than residential proposed by the subdivider.
         k.   Blocks and lots shall be consecutively numbered, blocks in numbered additions to subdivisions bearing the same name shall be numbered consecutively throughout the several additions.
         l.   The plat should include the following notations:
            i.   Explanation of drainage easements, if any.
            ii.   Explanation of site easements, if any.
            iii.   Explanation of reservations, if any.
            iv.   Endorsement of owner with date and signature.
         m.   A block or space shall be set aside on the final plat in the following form for endorsement by Commission President.
         n.   The lack of informant on under any item specified herein, or improper information supplied by the applicant, shall be cause for disapproval of a final plat.
   (E)   Construction Plan
      1.   General. Construction plans shall be prepared for all required improvements. Plans shall be drawn on standard thirty-four by forty-four (34 x 44) inch sheets at a scale of no more than one (1) inch equals one hundred (100) feet.
      2.   Features. The plans shall show the following:
         a.    Profiles showing existing and proposed elevations along center lines of all streets. Where a proposed street intersects an existing street or streets, elevation along the center line of the existing street or streets within one hundred (100) feet of the intersection. Approximate radii of all curves, lengths of tangents, and central angles on all streets.
         b.   Plans and profiles showing the location and typical cross-section. of streets including curbs and gutters, sidewalks, rights-of-way drainage facilities, manholes, and catch basins; the location, size, and invert elevations of existing and proposed sanitary sewers, storm water drains, and fire hydrants, showing connection to any existing or proposed utility systems; the location of street, streets, street lighting standards, and street signs; and exact location and size of all water, gas, or other underground utilities or structures.
         c.   Location, size, elevation, and other appropriate description of any other existing physical and natural features or facilities, including features noted on the official maps of local government, trees with a diameter of eight (8) inches or more (measured four (4) feet above ground level), the points of connection to proposed facilities and utilities, and the approximate high and low-water elevations of all ponds, lakes, and streams. All elevations shall be referred to the U.S.G.S. datum plane.
         d.   Topography at a scale of one inch (l") equals one hundred feet (100') with contour intervals at two (2) and/or five (5) feet, depending on the terrain type.
         e.   All specifications and references required by the local government's construction standards and specifications, including a site-grading plan for the entire subdivision, and a traffic control and barricading plan, where required.
         f.   Notation of any self-imposed restrictions, and locations of any buildings and lines proposed to be established in this manner, if required by the Commission in accordance with these regulations. The Commission may require that restrictive covenants be recorded with the County Recorder in a form to be approved by the local governmental Attorney.
         g.   Endorsement of Newton County health officials.
         h.   Lots numbered as approved by the Newton County Assessor.
         i.   Space for notation of approval as follows:
APPROVED BY:
 
Owner: _________________________    Date: _________________
Plan Comm. President _____________   Date: _________________
 
         j.   Title, name, registration number (seal), address, and signature of professional engineer or surveyor, and date.