§ 155.072  PRIVATE ROAD BY CLASS; PRIVATE ROADS AND PRIVATE ACCESS EASEMENTS BY CLASS, RIGHT-OF-WAY, OWNERSHIP AND CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS.
   (A)   Disclaimer.  The standards described herein are the minimum set forth by Vance County.  The county has not determined, and is not responsible for determining, that these standards are adequate or appropriate for all situations and uses by land owners.  Roads not meeting NCDOT standards will not be accepted by NCDOT until compliance is achieved.
   (B)   Ownership.  A Class 1 or Class 2 private road right-of-way and the improvements therein shall be held in common ownership (e.g., Home Owner's Association) by those properties fronting on and/or having access to the road.
   (C)   Right-of-way width.  Minimum right-of-way width required:  60 feet.
   (D)   Safe 2-way passage of traffic.  All private roads and private access easements shall be designed and constructed to permit the safe 2-way passage of traffic based upon the appropriate construction standards for private roads as shown in divisions (G) through (I) below.
   (E)   Safe intersection.  The design, location and improvement of all private roads and private access easements shall provide for safe intersection with public and private roads; for safe passage of public service and emergency vehicles; and protection of adjoining property.
   (F)   Obstacles.  All private road and private access easement rights-of-way shall be free and clear of obstacles, including vegetation, abandoned vehicles and other similar objects.
   (G)   Class 1 private road.
      (1)   Maximum number of lots permitted to have access.  None; and
      (2)   Construction standard.  The road shall be constructed in accordance with the North Carolina Department of Transportation - Subdivision Roads, Minimum Construction Standards, except that no pavement is required.
   (H)   Class 2 private road.
      (1)   Maximum number of lots permitted to have access.  Seven; and
      (2)   The road shall be constructed in accordance with the North Carolina Department of Transportation - Subdivision Roads, Minimum Construction Standards, except that:
         (a)   No pavement is required;
         (b)   The minimum width of the road surface may be reduced to 16 feet; and
         (c)   There shall be at least 1 shoulder 5 feet in width.
   (I)   Private access easement.
      (1)   Ownership.  A private access easement and the improvements therein may be held in:
         (a)   Common ownership (e.g., Home Owner's Association) by those properties fronting on and/or having access to the road; or
         (b)   Individual ownership of the property owner of the lot of record from which a minor subdivision is created, provided that the individual owner shall be responsible for the construction and perpetual maintenance of the access drive required to be constructed within the easement.  (See § 155.093(C)(6) for maintenance documents required at time of minor subdivision application.)
      (2)   Minimum right-of-way width required.  Twenty-five feet;
      (3)   Maximum number of lots permitted to have access.  Four; and
      (4)   Construction standard.  An access drive shall be constructed in accordance with this chapter above and:
         (a)   The minimum width of the access drive shall be 12 feet of vehicular travel surface; and
         (b)   There shall be at least 1 stable shoulder 5 feet in width.
(Ord. passed 6-7-2004, § 313.7)  Penalty, see § 10.99