A.   Rules of Word Construction:
      1.   The word "lot" shall include the words "plot", "piece" and "parcel".
      2.   The phrase "used for" shall include the phrases "arranged for", "designed for", "intended for", "maintained for" and "occupied for". (1976 Code §25-1-6)
   B.   Definitions: As used in this Title, the following words and terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section:
ALLEY: A public right of way primarily for vehicular traffic along the side or in the rear of properties which affords only a secondary means of access to abutting properties.
BLOCK: A tract of land bounded by streets, or by a combination of streets and public parks, cemeteries, railroad rights of way, bulkhead lines or shore lines of waterways or corporate boundary lines of the City.
   BUILDING: Any structure with substantial walls and roof securely affixed to the land and entirely separated on all sides from any other structure by space or by walls in which there are no communicating doors, windows or openings and which is designed or intended for shelter, enclosure or protection of persons, animals or chattels.
BUILDING SETBACK LINE: A line parallel to the street line at a distance from it, regulated by the front yard requirements of the Northlake Zoning Ordinance. 1
CITY ENGINEER: The person or firm charged with the responsibility of Municipal engineering matters.
CROSSWALK: A public right of way located across a block to provide pedestrian access to adjacent streets or alleys.
CUL-DE-SAC: A minor street having one open end and being permanently terminated by a vehicular turnaround.
DATUM PLANE: A reference point from which elevations are measured. The datum plane is mean sea level as established by the (U.S.G.S.) United States Geodetic Survey.
EASEMENT: A grant by a property owner for the use of a strip of land by the general public, a corporation or a certain person for a specific purpose.
GRASS LAND AREA: The entire area of a development, including lots, streets and alleys, measured to the center line of any bounding streets.
LAND USE PLAN: The approved land use plan of the City.
LOT: A parcel of land legally described as a distinct portion or piece of land of record.
LOT, THROUGH: A lot having frontage on two (2) parallel or approximately parallel streets and which is not a corner lot. On a through lot, both street lines shall be deemed front lines.
OFFICIAL MAP: The map showing the streets, highways and parks theretofore laid out, adopted and established by law and any amendments or additions thereto resulting from the City Council action or the approval of subdivision plats.
PARKWAY: A route intended to be used primarily by passenger vehicles and whose right of way is or is intended to be developed in a park-like character. (1976 Code §25-1-7)
PLAN COMMISSION: The Board of Appeals - Plan Commission of the City. 1 (1976 Code §25-1-7; 1991 Code)
PLANNED DEVELOPMENT: A parcel or tract of land, initially under single ownership or control, which contains two (2) or more principal buildings and one or more principal use, planned and constructed as a unified development where specific regulations of a given zoning district are modified through the issuance of a special use permit.
PLAT: A plan, map, drawing or chart on which the subdivider's plan for the subdivision of land is presented and which he submits for approval and intends to record in final form.
PLAT, FINAL: The drawings and documents presented for final approval and as described in Section 11-2-4 of this Title.
PLAT, PRELIMINARY: The drawings and documents presented for tentative approval as described in Section 11-2-3 of this Title.
RESIDUE AREA: That portion of a planned development not platted as residential lots or designated for dedication as streets or alleys.
ROADWAY: The paved area within a street right of way intended for vehicular traffic, including all curb and gutter facilities.
STREET, APPROVED: Any street, whether public or private, meeting standards and specifications of the City.
STREET, MAJOR: A street of considerable continuity which serves or is intended to serve as a major traffic artery connecting various sections of the City.
STREET, MARGINAL ACCESS: A minor street which is parallel and adjacent to highways and major streets and which provides access to abutting properties and protection to local traffic from fast, through traffic on the highways and major streets.
STREET, MINOR: A street primarily as access to abutting properties.
STREET, PUBLIC: Any major or secondary street or minor street which is shown on the subdivision plat and is or is to be dedicated to public use.
STREET, SECONDARY OR COLLECTOR: A street which carries traffic from minor streets to the major street system, including the principal entrance streets or residential development and streets for circulation within such development.
STREET WIDTH: The shortest distance between the lines of lots delineating the public street.
SUBDIVIDER: The person responsible for preparing the plats of the subdivision and for carrying out all appropriate requirements relating thereto as outlined in this Title.
SUBDIVISION: The division of land into two (2) or more parts, any of which is less than five (5) acres, for the purpose, whether immediate or future, of transfer of ownership or building development, including all public streets, alleys, ways for public service facilities, parks, playgrounds, school grounds or other public grounds, and all the tracts, parcels, lots or blocks and numbering of all such lots, blocks or parcels by progressive numbers, giving their precise dimensions; provided, that the following shall not be considered a subdivision and shall be exempt from the requirements of this Title:
      1.   The conveyance of parcels of land or interest therein for use as right of way for railroads or other public utility facilities which does not involve any new streets or easements of access;
      2.   The conveyance of land owned by a railroad or other public utility which does not involve any new streets or easements or access;
      3.   The conveyance of land for highway or other public purposes or grants or conveyances relating to the dedication of land for public use or instruments relating to the vacation of land impressed with a public use; and
      4.   Conveyances made to correct descriptions in prior conveyances. (1976 Code §25-1-7)



1. See Title 10 of this Code.
1. See Title 2, Chapter 3 of this Code.