For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning. Words used in the singular shall include the plural, and the plural, the singular; words used in the present tense shall include the future tense. The word “shall” is mandatory and not discretionary. The word “may” is permissive. Words not defined herein shall be construed to have the meanings given by common and ordinary use as defined in the latest edition of Webster’s Dictionary.
   APPROVED PLANS. Plans approved by the town according to a permits and plan review which will govern all improvements made within the town that require a storm water system or changes or alterations to the existing storm water system.
   DEVELOPED PROPERTY. Any lot or parcel of land altered from its natural state by the construction, creation or addition of impervious area, except public rights-of-way.
   DIRECTOR. A person who has been appointed to the Storm Water Board by the Town Council.
   EDU (EQUIVALENT DWELLING UNIT). Each residential property is equal to one EDU. For nonresidential properties, an EDU is equal to 3,000 square feet of impervious area.
   IMPERVIOUS AREA. Any part of any developed property that has been modified by the action of persons to reduce the land’s natural ability to absorb and hold rainfall. This includes any hard surface area which either prevents or retards the entry of water into the soil mantle as it entered under natural conditions pre-existent to development. By way of example, common IMPERVIOUS AREAS include, but are not limited to, roof tops, walkways, patios, driveways, parking lots or storage areas, concrete or asphalt paving, gravel roads, or any cleared, graded, paved, graveled or compacted surface or packed earthen materials, or areas covered with structures of other surfaces which similarly impede the natural infiltration of surface water into the soil mantle.
   LOT. The smallest separately segregated parcel, unit or plot of land having an identified owner, boundaries, and surface area which is documented for property tax purposes by the County Assessor.
   NONRESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. All properties not encompassed within the definition of residential property, including but not limited to: commercial, industrial, retail, multi-family, governmental, institutional, schools and churches.
   PERSON. Any natural individual, corporation, partnership, institution or other entity.
   RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. Any lot or parcel existing in the sewage works system service area on which resides either a single-family dwelling unit or an individually metered single-family dwelling unit within a duplex or other multi-family property.
   SERVICE METER (AKA METER). A water meter or sewage meter intended to measure flow to/from the town’s utility services.
   SEWAGE WORKS SERVICE AREA. All property within the corporate boundary of the Town of Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana and any property outside the corporate boundary receiving sewer service from the town.
   STORM WATER. The chemical compound of hydrogen and oxygen which is produced from atmospheric clouds as rain, snow, sleet and hail.
   STORM WATER AVAILABILITY FEES. The charge to a user for a new or additional connection to the town’s storm water system, charged in return for the town making available to such user the town’s storm water system consisting of all facilities, operations and maintenance activities.
   STORM WATER BOARD. The Storm Water Board shall consist of three directors all of whom are to be appointed by the Town Council President. Only two directors of the Board may be of the same political party. Each director of the Board shall be appointed for a two-year term. A director may be removed with or without cause by a majority vote of the Town Council.
   STORM WATER SYSTEM. All constructed facilities, including structures and natural watercourses under the ownership, and/or control of the town, used for collecting and conducting storm water to, through and from drainage areas to the point of final outlet, including, but not limited to, any and all of the following: inlets, conduits and appurtenant features, creeks, channels, catch basins, ditches, streams, streets, culverts, retention or detention basins and pumping stations; and excluding therefrom, any part of the system of drains and watercourses under the jurisdiction of the County Drainage Board or waters of the state.
   STORM WATER DEPARTMENT USER FEE. A charge imposed on users of the town’s storm water system.
   SURFACE WATER. Water occurring on the surface of the land, from natural causes such as rainfall, whether falling on the land in question or flowing onto the land in question.
   TOWN. The Town of Plainfield, Indiana acting by and through the Town Council.
   TOWN COUNCIL. The Town Council of the Town of Plainfield, Indiana, or any duly authorized officials acting on its behalf.
   UNDEVELOPED PROPERTY. That which has not been altered from its natural state by the addition of any improvements such as a building, structure or impervious surface, change of grade or landscaping. For new construction, a property shall be considered developed pursuant to this subchapter:
      (1)   Upon issuance of a certificate of occupancy, or upon completion of construction or final inspection if no such certificate is issued; or
      (2)   Where construction is at least 50% complete and construction is halted for a period of three months.
(Ord. 20-2006, passed 7-24-2006; Ord. 06-2019, passed 2-25-2019)