(a)   General requirements.
      (1)   All utilities and related infrastructure shall be subject to the applicable requirements established in the Manual of Design for Public Improvements and other applicable manuals as specified in § 1222.02.
      (2)   All public and common electric, cable, and telephone lines and other utilities shall be located underground in all residential, office, commercial and industrial subdivisions and districts, and shall be placed in their own easement, to the maximum extent practical as determined by the City Engineer.
      (3)   These underground utility requirements shall also apply to any lines required to serve the new development that extend outside the boundary of the development. The conduits or cables shall be located within easements or public right-of-ways in separate trenches, in a manner which will not conflict with other underground services.
      (4)   Utility construction within the rights-of-way following subdivision completion shall be subject to applicable permit fees as defined in other chapters of the Middletown Code of Ordinances
      (5)   In commercial or industrial subdivisions where the electric power provider advises the City that the power load requirements are sufficiently large as to make underground service impractical or unfeasible, electric, cable, and telephone lines may be installed overhead along rear lot lines with the approval by the City Engineer. Should the City Engineer approve an overhead distribution system, all connections to it shall be made underground. All facilities are to be constructed on one side of the road without overhead crossovers.
      (6)   Where cable and television service or conduit is or will be in operation, the applicant shall install cable or conduit for such service simultaneously with and in the same manner as electric and telephone cables are installed, both within the right-of-way and to individual building connections.
      (7)   All sewer and utility pipelines shall preferably be placed outside the limits of the pavement. All excavations for public utilities made under paved areas shall be properly backfilled with approved granular materials thoroughly compacted in place and subject to the requirements of the Manual of Design for Public Improvements and the City's Construction Standard Drawings.
   (b)   Large utility structures.  Any utility cabinet or structure that is larger than six square feet on any face, other than a principal building, shall be subject to the following requirements:
      (1)   The utility structure shall be located to the rear or side of lots to the maximum extent feasible.
      (2)   If the applicant demonstrates to the Planning Commission or Development Code Administrator, as applicable to the subject review procedure, that the utility structure can only be located in a front yard, the structure shall be landscaped in a manner that will allow access to the unit but otherwise buffer the view of the structure. The applicant shall be required to provide a landscaping plan as part of the installation of such structure, regardless if the utility is exempt from zoning.
      (3)   Utility structures in the I-1 or I-2 Districts shall not be subject to this screening requirement.
   (c)   Sanitary sewer.  The subdivider shall install or cause to be installed a system for addressing sanitary sewage subject to the following:
      (1)   Where a public sanitary sewer main is reasonably accessible, in the judgment of the City Engineer, the subdivision shall be provided with a complete sanitary sewer system connected with such sewer main, including a lateral connection for each lot.
      (2)   Where a public sanitary sewer main is not reasonably accessible, in the opinion of the City Engineer, proper provisions shall be made for the disposal of sanitary wastes, subject to review and approval by the City Engineer and/or the applicable county health department.
      (3)   In general, sewerage works and facilities shall be designed in accordance with State Health Department requirements, and all rules and regulations of the applicable county's sanitary engineer, and will be subject to State EPA approval.
      (4)   After a determination has been made as to the size of sewer mains necessary to serve the subdivision, larger mains may be required in order to adequately serve subsequently developed areas.
   (d)   Water distribution system.  The subdivider shall install or cause to be installed a water system for the subdivision by one of the following methods:
      (1)   Public system.
         A.   A complete water main system which shall be connected to a public or other community water supply shall meet the requirements of the State of Ohio or other government authority having jurisdiction, and shall be approved by the City Engineer.
         B.   The water distribution system shall be adequate to serve the area being platted, including a connection for each lot and appropriately spaced fire hydrants.
         C.   After a determination has been made as to the size water mains necessary to serve the subdivision, larger mains may be required in order to adequately supply subsequently developed areas.
         D.   A water main shall be required to extend across the complete frontage of the subdivision to facilitate future development.
      (2)   Individual supply.
         A.   If the subdivider submits proper evidence to the City Engineer that no other form of water supply is possible or economically feasible, then the City Engineer may authorize an individual water supply on each lot in the subdivision, subject to compliance with all recommended design standards of the applicable county's health department and the State of Ohio.
         B.   Such individual systems are discouraged by the City.
(Ord. O2018-02, passed 2-20-2018)