(A)   Placement of monuments. Unless otherwise specified by this chapter, the Manual of Practice for Land Surveying as adopted by the NC State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, under the provisions of Title 21 of the NC Administrative Code, Chapter 56 (21 NCAC 56), shall apply when conducting surveys for subdivisions; to determine the accuracy and property corner ties; to determine the location, design, and material of monuments, markers, control corners, and property corners ties; and to determine other standards and procedures governing the practice of land surveying for subdivisions.
   (B)   Construction procedures. No construction or installation of improvements shall commence in a proposed subdivision until the preliminary plat has been approved and all plans and specifications have been approved by the appropriate authorities.
      (1)   Permits. No building or other permits shall be issued for erection of a structure on any lot not on record at the time of adoption of this chapter until all the requirements of this chapter have been met.
      (2)   Access. The administrator of the chapter shall have access to premises and structures during reasonable hours to make those inspections as deemed necessary by him to ensure compliance with this chapter.
      (3)   Inspection. The subdivider, prior to commencing any work within the subdivision, shall make arrangements with the administrator of this chapter to provide for adequate inspection. The approving authorities having full jurisdiction or their representatives shall inspect and approve all completed work prior to release of the sureties.
      (4)   Erosion control. The subdivider shall cause all grading, excavations, open cuts, side slopes, and other land surface disturbances to be so mulched, seeded, sodded or otherwise protected to comply with the provisions of § 156.21.
      (5)   Existing flora. The subdivider shall make every effort to protect and retain all existing trees, shrubbery, vines and grasses not actually lying in public roadways, drainageways, building foundation sites, private driveways, soil absorption waste disposal areas, paths, and trails. Such trees are to be protected and preserved during construction in accordance with sound conservation practices recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Agricultural Information Bulletin No. 285, Protecting Trees Against Damage from Construction Work, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964. Such trees are to be preserved by well islands or retaining walls whenever abutting grades are altered. Temporary vegetation and mulching shall be used to protect critical areas, and permanent vegetation shall be installed as soon as practical.
      (6)   Construction. Construction at any given time shall be confined to the smallest practical area and for the shortest practical period of time.
   (C)   Oversized improvements. The town may require installation of certain oversized facilities such as water mains in excess of 8" diameter, when it is in the interest of future development. The town shall pay for that portion of the improvement which exceeds the standards set forth in this chapter.
(Ord. 98-19, passed 9-28-98) Penalty, see § 156.99