(A)   Design standards for blocks.
      (1)   The lengths, widths, and shapes of blocks shall be determined with due regard to: provision of adequate building sites suitable to the special needs of the type of use contemplated; zoning requirements; needs for vehicular and pedestrian circulation; control and safety of street traffic; limitations and opportunities of topography; and convenient access to water areas.
      (2)   Blocks shall not be less than 400 feet or more than 1320 feet in length.
      (3)   Blocks shall have sufficient width to allow two tiers of lots of minimum depth except where single tier lots are required to separate residential developments from through vehicular traffic or another type of use, in nonresidential subdivisions, or where abutting a water area.
      (4)   Sidewalks, if provided, shall be constructed to a minimum width of four feet, and shall consist of a minimum thickness of four inches of reinforced concrete. All sidewalks shall be placed in the right-of-way, unless the development is platted as a Planned Unit or Group Development. Where deemed necessary by the Planning and Zoning Board, a pedestrian crosswalk at least five feet in width may be required to provide convenient public access to a public area such as a park, water, or to such as shopping centers, religious or transportation facilities.
      (5)   Block numbers shall conform to the town street numbering system.
   (B)   Design standards of lots. All lot size, width, depth, shape and orientation, and the minimum building setback lines shall be appropriate for the location of the subdivision and for the type of development and use contemplated.
      (1)   All lots in new subdivisions shall conform to the zoning requirements of the district in which the subdivision is located. Conformance to zoning requirements means, among other things, that the smallest lot in the subdivision must meet all dimensional requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. It is not sufficient merely for the average lot to meet zoning requirements.
      (2)   Lots shall meet any applicable Brunswick County Health Department requirements.
      (3)   Double frontage lots shall be avoided wherever possible.
      (4)   Side lot lines shall be substantially at right angles to or radial to street lines.
      (5)   Platted residential lot area shall be a minimum of 7500 square feet.
      (6)   Residential lot width shall be 60 feet at the building line and shall be fifty feet at the street line. Corner lots shall have an extra width of ten feet to permit adequate setback from side streets.
      (7)   Platted residential lot depth shall be at least 100 feet. Single-tier lots shall have an average depth of at least 100 feet.
      (8)   Residential building setback lines. The minimum building setback distance from property lines shall be as follows:
         (a)   Distance from front property line on arterial street: 25 feet.
         (b)   Distance from property line on all other streets: 25 feet.
         (c)   Distance from side property line: 10 feet.
         (d)   Distance from rear property line: 20 feet. You may encroach up to four feet into the ten foot house side setback to allow for an air conditioning platform.
      (9)   Orientation of residential lot lines. Side lot lines shall be substantially at right angles or radial to street lines. All lots shall front upon a public street. Double-frontage lots shall be avoided wherever possible, except as allowed by private driveways fronting two lots or less.
   (C)   Easements and other miscellaneous requirements. Easements shall be provided as follows:
      (1)   Utility easements. Easements for underground and above ground utilities shall be provided, where necessary, across lots or centered on rear or side lot lines and shall be at least ten feet wide for water lines and as required by the companies involved, for telephone and power lines.
      (2)   Drainage easements. Where a subdivision is traversed by a drainage way, an easement shall be provided conforming with the lines of such drainage way of sufficient width as will be adequate for the purpose.
      (3)   Buffer strips. A buffer strip at least 50 feet in width may be required by the Planning and Zoning Board adjacent to a commercial development. This strip shall be in addition to the normally required lot dimension, shall be part of the platted lot, and shall be reserved for the planting of trees and shrubs by the owner.
      (4)   Natural assets. In any subdivision, due consideration will be given to preserving natural features such as trees, ponds, streams, dunes, rivers, lakes and for any historical sites which are of value not only to the subdivision but the county as a whole.
(Ord. 98-19, passed 9-28-98) Penalty, see § 156.99