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A. Natural Features and Assets. In the subdividing of land, appropriate consideration must be given to all natural features, such as tree growth, watercourses, historic sites or similar conditions which, if preserved, will add attractiveness to the proposed development and safety from hazards.
B. Access and Minimum Lot Frontage. Each lot shall have access to a public street and a minimum of 60 feet of lot frontage on a public street; provided, however, that the local governing body may permit one or more lots to be accessed by private streets, as more fully specified in this ordinance; provided further, that in the case of a lot accessed by a circular cul-de-sac, the minimum lot frontage may be reduced to 30 feet.
C. Adequate Buildable Area Required. Land subject to flooding, improper drainage or erosion, or that is unsuitable for residential or other use for topographic al or other reasons, shall not be platted for residential use nor for any other use that will continue or increase the danger to health, safety, or of property destruction, unless the hazards can be and are corrected. Each lot shall contain an adequate building site not subject to flooding and outside the limits of any existing easements or building setback lines required by the local governing body. (See Figure).
D. Lot Remnants Not Permitted. All remnants of lots below any required minimum lot size that may be required, left over after subdividing of a larger tract, must be added to adjacent lots, rather than allowed to remain as unusable parcels. The City Administrator may permit a lot remnant for a specific purpose such as a detention pond, provided that access and design is appropriate and the lot remnant is restricted to specific non-building use.
E. Service Areas. Commercial and industrial lots shall be adequate to provide service areas and off-street parking suitable to the use intended.
F. Lot Area. The minimum lot area shall not be less than that established by the land use intensity district in which the subdivision is located, or any other such ordinance provisions, if applicable.
G. Lot Width. No portion of a lot shall be narrower than 60 feet, with the exception of cul-de-sac lots at the street frontage, nor shall any lot have a lot width less than that established by the land use intensity district in which the subdivision is located, if applicable.
H. Lot Depth. Lots shall have a depth of not less than 100 feet, unless circumstances make these limitations impracticable.
I. Flag lots.
1. Intent. Flag lots, as defined in this ordinance, are strongly discouraged. However, subdivisions designed with one or more flag lots may be approved where conditions of hardship make standard design or frontage impossible or impractical due to the configuration of the lot to be subdivided.
2. Denial if reasonable alternative exists. The City Administrator in the case of minor subdivisions and the Planning Commission in the case of other subdivisions shall have due cause to deny any plat that proposes any flag lot, when a reasonable alternative to such lot pattern is available.
3. Panhandle (flag pole) length restriction. If permitted, no flag lot shall be allowed to be platted that has a “panhandle” portion (i.e., portion that does not meet the required lot width) that is more than 400 feet in length.
4. Prohibition of abutting flag lots. If permitted, no flag lot shall abut another flag lot in any subdivision.
J. Side Lot Lines. Insofar as practical, side lot lines shall be at right angles to straight street lines or radial to curved street lines.
K. Corner Lots. Corner lots shall have adequate width to meet the front building setback requirements, if applicable, from all rights-of-way.
L Double Frontage Lots. Double frontage or “through” lots should be avoided except where essential to provide separation of residential development from arterials or overcome specific disadvantages of topography or orientation. Double frontage lots with frontage on a major arterial street shall have additional depth in order to allow space for screen planting along the lot line abutting a major arterial street. (Ord. 437, - -2020)