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(a) In the development of a subdivision, the developer shall not cause or allow earth- disturbing activities that can pollute a public or private surface ditch, subsurface drainage, stream, river or lake. The developer shall also, to the greatest extent possible, take steps so that sediment will not be deposited on to an adjoining property. Adequate control of soil erosion and sedimentation, through the use of best management practices with both temporary and permanent measures, shall be used during all phases of clearing, grading, and construction to conserve soil resources and to maintain existing water quality. Sediment control shall follow the most current standards and specifications in Hamilton County's Rules and Regulations Governing the Construction, Operation and Maintenance of the Hamilton County Storm Water Drainage System.
(b) When a proposed development area consists of five (5) or more acres of earth- disturbing activities, the owner of record shall develop and submit to the City Engineer for review and approval, a soil erosion and sedimentation control plan. Such a plan shall contain sufficient information, drawings, and notes to describe how soil erosion and off-site sedimentation will be kept to a minimum, both during and after construction.
(c) When a proposed development area involves less than five acres, it is not necessary to submit a soil erosion and sedimentation control plan; however, the developer shall comply with the most current standards and specifications in Hamilton County's Rules and Regulations Governing the Construction, Operation and Maintenance of the Hamilton County Storm Water Drainage System. Upon request, submittal of specific soil erosion and sedimentation prevention measures to be or being implemented may be required to determine compliance.
(d) Soil erosion and sedimentation control plans shall be certified by a professional engineer registered in the State of Ohio before being submitted to the Planning Commission for review and approval.