For the purpose of this title, certain words and terms are hereby defined as set forth in this section:
ALLEY: A public or private right of way primarily designed to serve as secondary access to the side or rear of those properties whose principal frontage is on a street.
APPLICANT: The owner, their legal agent or person having legal control, ownership and/or interest in land for which the provisions of this title are being considered or reviewed.
BLOCK: An area of land within a subdivision that is entirely bounded by streets, or by streets and the entire boundary or boundaries of the subdivision, or a combination of the above with a river or lake.
BOULEVARD: The portion of the street right of way between the curb line and the property line.
BUFFER: The use of land, topography, difference in elevation, space, fences or landscape plantings to screen or partially screen a use or property from another use or property or to shield or mitigate noise, lights or other impacts.
BUFFER YARD: A strip of land utilized to screen or partially screen a use or property from another use or property or to shield or mitigate noise, lights or other impacts.
BUILDABLE LAND: All land except wetlands, public waters, "major drainageways" as defined in the city's comprehensive plan, and land dedicated for county roads.
BUILDING: Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy.
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: The Lakeville comprehensive plan, which includes various chapters addressing land use, transportation, water system, sanitary sewer, water resources, wetland management, parks, trails and open space and capital improvements.
DESIGN STANDARDS: The specifications to landowners or subdividers for the preparation of plats, both preliminary and final, indicating among other things, the optimum, minimum or maximum dimensions of such items as rights of way, blocks, easements and lots.
EASEMENT: A grant by a property owner for the use of a strip of land and for the purpose of constructing and maintaining streets, trails, sidewalks, drives, utilities, including, but not limited to, wetlands, stormwater basins, sanitary sewers, water mains, electric lines, telephone lines, storm sewer or storm drainageways and gas lines.
FINAL PLAT: A drawing or map of a subdivision, meeting all of the requirements of the city and in such form as required by Dakota County for the purpose of recording.
INDIVIDUAL SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEM: A sewage treatment system or part thereof, serving a dwelling, building, structure or other establishment, or group thereof, and using sewage tanks or advanced treatment followed by soil treatment and disposal. Individual sewage treatment system includes holding tanks.
LOT: Land occupied or to be occupied by a building and its accessory buildings, together with such open spaces as are required under the provisions of the current city zoning regulations, having not less than the minimum area required by said zoning regulations for a building site in the district in which such lot is situated and having its principal frontage on a street.
   Lot Area: The area of a horizontal plane within the lot lines.
   Lot Area, Minimum: Except as may be otherwise expressly allowed in this title or the zoning ordinance 1 , the area of a horizontal plane within the lot lines excluding "major drainageways", as defined by the water resources management plan, wetlands, water bodies, road rights of way, required buffer strips, regional utility/pipeline easements, and slopes steeper than three to one (3:1).
     Lot, Base: A lot meeting all the specifications within its zoning district prior to being divided into unit lots.
     Lot, Corner: A lot situated at the junction of and abutting on two (2) or more intersecting streets; or a lot at the point of deflection in alignment of a single street, the interior angle of which is one hundred thirty five degrees (135°) or more.
     Lot Improvement: Any building, structure, place, work of art, or other object, or improvement of the land on which they are situated constituting a physical betterment of real property, or any part of such betterment. Certain lot improvements shall be properly bonded as provided in these regulations.
     Lot, Unit: Lots created from the subdivision of a base lot for the purpose of developing detached townhouse, two-family, attached townhouse or condominium residential, commercial or industrial developments or developments with more than one principal structure on a lot whereby the individual units have title to the portion of land that is generally underlying the structure.
OUTLOT: A parcel of land included in a plat identified by a capital letter and is land that is not part of a block.
PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS: Public land and open spaces in the city dedicated or reserved for recreation purposes.
PEDESTRIANWAY: A public right of way or public or private easement across a block or within a block to provide access for pedestrians and which may be used for the installation of utility lines.
PERCENTAGE OF GRADE: On street centerline, means the distance vertically from the horizontal in feet and tenths of a foot for each one hundred feet (100') of horizontal distance.
PLANNING COMMISSION: The Lakeville planning commission.
PRELIMINARY PLAT: A tentative drawing or map of a proposed subdivision meeting the requirements herein enumerated.
PROTECTIVE COVENANTS: Contracts made between private parties as to the manner in which land may be used, with the view to protecting and preserving the physical and economic integrity of any given area.
PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT: Any drainage ditch, roadway, parkway, sidewalk, pedestrianway, tree, lawn, off street parking area, lot improvement or other facility for which the city may ultimately assume the responsibility for maintenance and operation, or which may affect an improvement for which local government responsibility is established.
SETBACK: The minimum horizontal distance between a structure and lot line, ordinary high water mark, or right of way easement. Distances are to be measured from the most outwardly extended portion of the structure at ground level.
SOUTH CREEK STORMWATER DISTRICT: The watershed of South Creek as defined in the water resources management plan.
SOUTH CREEK STREAM CHANNEL: The primary flow channel of streams designated as Minnesota department of natural resources public waters within the South Creek stormwater district.
STREET: A public right of way affording primary access by pedestrians or vehicles or both, to abutting properties, whether designated as a street, highway, arterial, parkway, road, avenue or boulevard.
   Arterial Streets: Those streets carrying larger volumes of traffic and serving as links between various subareas of the community. Arterial streets are intended to provide for collection and distribution of traffic between highways and collector streets; hence regulation of direct access to property is critical.
   Collector Streets: Those streets that carry traffic from local streets to the major system of arterials and highways. Collector streets primarily provide principal access to residential neighborhoods, including, to a lesser degree direct land access.
   Cul-De-Sac: A local street with only one outlet and having an appropriate terminal for the safe and convenient reversal of traffic movement.
   Local Streets: Those streets that are used primarily for access to abutting properties and for local traffic movement.
   Marginal Access Streets: Those local streets which are parallel and adjacent to arterials; and which provide access to abutting properties and protection from through traffic.
SUBDIVIDER: Any individual, firm, association, syndicate, partnership, corporation, trust or other legal entity having sufficient proprietary interest in the land sought to be subdivided to commence and maintain proceedings to subdivide the same under this title.
SUBDIVISION: The separation of an area, parcel or tract of land under single ownership into two (2) or more parcels, tracts, lots or long term leasehold interests where the creation of the leasehold interest necessitates the creation of streets, roads or alleys for residential, commercial, industrial or other use or any combination thereof, except those separations:
   A.   Where all the resulting parcels, tracts, lots or interests will be twenty (20) acres or larger in size and five hundred feet (500') in width for residential uses and five (5) acres or larger in size for commercial and industrial uses;
   B.   Creating cemetery lots;
   C.   Resulting from court orders or the adjustment of a lot line by the relocation of a common boundary.
SUBDIVISION, ADMINISTRATIVE: The subdivision of one lot into two (2) lots.
TWO-FAMILY DWELLING: A structure designed exclusively for occupancy by two (2) families living independently of each other.
ZONING ADMINISTRATOR: The person designated by the city administrator to be the zoning administrator for the city of Lakeville. (Ord. 673, sec. 1, 7-17-2000; amd. Ord. 731, sec. 2, 3-17-2003; Ord. 817, sec. 1, 2-20-2007; Ord. 866, secs. 2, 3, 10, 5-17-2010; Ord. 867, secs. 1, 36, 5-17-2010; Ord. 897, 12-3-2012)



1. See title 11 of this code.