§ 151.008 DEFINITIONS.
   For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ADEQUATE PUBLIC FACILITIES. Facilities determined to be capable of supporting and servicing the physical area and designated intensity of the proposed subdivision as determined in accordance with the standards of this chapter, including specific levels of service, and according to all other applicable laws and regulations.
   ALLEY. A public right-of-way usually less than 30 feet in width which normally affords a secondary means of vehicular access to the side or rear of properties whose principal frontage is on some other street.
   ATTORNEY. The attorney employed by the city unless otherwise stated.
   BLOCK. The enclosed area within the perimeter of roads, property lines or boundaries of the subdivision.
   BOATHOUSE. A structure used solely for the storage of boats or boating equipment on riparian lots in the shoreland overlay zoning district.
   BOULEVARD. The portion of the street right-of-way between the curb line and the property line.
   BUTT LOT. A lot at the end of a block and located between two corner lots.
   CITY or COMMUNITY. The City of Waseca, Minnesota.
   CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT. A subdivision development planned and constructed so as to group housing units into patterns while providing a unified network of open space and wooded areas, and meeting the overall density regulations of this chapter and Ch. 154 of this code.
   COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. A plan prepared by the city including a compilation of policy statements, goals, standards and maps indicating the general locations recommended for the various functional classes of land use and for the general physical development of the community and includes any plan or parts thereof.
   CONCEPT PLAN or SKETCH PLAN. A generalized plan of a proposed subdivision indicating lot layouts, streets, park areas and water and sewer systems presented to the city officials at the pre-application meeting.
   CONCURRENCY. Requirement that development applications demonstrate that adequate public facilities will be available at prescribed levels of service (LOS) concurrent with the impact or occupancy of development units. Public facilities and services needed to maintain level of service standards adopted in the comprehensive plan are expected to be available simultaneous to, or within a reasonable period of time after, development approval or construction.
   CONTOUR MAP. A map on which irregularities of land surface are shown by lines connecting points of equal elevations. “Contour interval” is the vertical height between contour lines.
   COPY. A print or reproduction made from a tracing.
   CORNER LOT. A lot bordered on at least the front and side by streets.
   COUNTY. Waseca County, Minnesota.
   DEVELOPMENT. The act of building structures or installing site improvements.
   DOUBLE FRONTAGE LOTS. Lots which have a front line abutting on one street and a back or rear line abutting on another street.
   DRAINAGE COURSE. A natural or artificial water course for the drainage of surface water.
   EASEMENT. A grant by an owner of land for a specific use by persons other than the owner.
   ENGINEER. A registered engineer.
   FINAL PLAT. The final map, drawing or chart on which the subdivider's plan of subdivision is presented to the City Council for approval and which, if approved, will be submitted to the County Recorder.
   FRONTAGE. The distance between the side lot lines measured along the right-of-way designated to serve the lot.
   HOLD DOWN ELEVATION. The graded elevation of a house pad so designed to allow a reasonable amount of basement excavation to be spoiled and graded within the lot boundary.
   HOUSE PAD. A buildable area of a residential lot graded to the hold down elevation. If the lowest floor of the structure is placed on fill, the HOUSE PAD shall be constructed with engineered fill.
   KEY MAP. A map drawn to comparatively small scale which definitely shows the area proposed to be platted and the areas surrounding it to a given distance.
   LOT. A platted lot or a parcel separated from other parcels by registered land survey description.
   METES AND BOUNDS DESCRIPTION. A description of real property which is not described by reference to a lot or block of a recorded plat, but is described by starting at a known point and describing the bearing and distances of the lines forming the boundaries of the property or delineates a fractional portion of a section, lot or area by describing lines or portions thereof.
   MINIMUM SUBDIVISION DESIGN STANDARDS. The specifications of this chapter and other applicable laws and regulations.
   NATURAL WATERWAY. A natural passage in the surface of the earth so situated and having such a topographical nature that surface or percolating water flows through it from other areas before reaching a final ponding area.
   ORDINARY HIGH WATER LEVEL. The boundary of public waters and wetlands shall be an elevation delineating the highest water level which has been maintained for a sufficient period of time to leave evidence upon the landscape, commonly that point where the natural vegetation changes from predominantly aquatic to predominantly terrestrial. For watercourses, the ORDINARY HIGH WATER LEVEL is the elevation of the top of the bank of the channel. For reservoirs and flowages, the ORDINARY HIGH WATER LEVEL is the operation elevation of the normal summer pool.
   OWNER. An individual, firm, association, syndicate, copartnership, corporation, trust or any other legal entity having sufficient proprietary interest in the land sought to be subdivided to commence and maintain proceedings to subdivide the same under these regulations.
   PEDESTRIAN WAY. A public right-of-way across or within a block intended to be used by pedestrians.
   PERSON. Any individual, firm, association, syndicate or partnership, corporation, trust or any other legal entity.
   PLANNING COMMISSION. The Planning Commission of the city.
   PLAT. The drawing or map of a subdivision prepared for filing of record pursuant to M.S. Ch. 505, as it may be amended from time to time, and containing all elements and requirements set forth in applicable state, county and local regulations.
   PRELIMINARY APPROVAL. Official action taken by a municipality on an application to create a subdivision which establishes the rights and obligations set forth in applicable state, county and local requirements. In accordance with M.S. § 462.358, as it may be amended from time to time, and unless otherwise specified in the applicable subdivision regulation, PRELIMINARY APPROVAL may be granted only following the review and approval of a preliminary plat or other map or drawing establishing without limitation the number, layout and location of lots, tracts, blocks and parcels to be created, location of streets, roads, utilities and facilities, park and drainage facilities, and lands to be dedicated for public use.
   PRELIMINARY PLAT. The preliminary map, drawing or chart indicating the proposed layout of the subdivision to be submitted to the Planning Commission and City Council for their consideration, and which meets all the requirements of this chapter.
   PRIVATE STREET. A street serving as vehicular access to one or more parcels of land which is not dedicated to the public as right-of-way.
   PROTECTIVE COVENANTS. Contracts entered into between private parties and constituting a restriction on the use of all private property within a subdivision for the benefit of the property owners, and to provide mutual protection against undesirable aspects of development which would tend to impair stability of values.
   PUBLIC WATERS. Any waters, as defined in M.S. § 103G.005 (15)(a), as it may be amended from time to time.
   RIGHT-OF-WAY. Land dedicated and used for public purposes, such as a street, alley or crosswalk.
   STREETS. A public way dedicated on a plat or otherwise existing and carrying with it all of the rights granted to the public by common law or statute, without limitation, the right to install public utilities, unless the context otherwise indicates.
      (1)   ARTERIAL STREET. A street or highway with access restrictions designed to move through-traffic to and from major attractors, such as the central business district, community shopping centers, major industrial areas, major institutional and educational uses and similar traffic generators within the city; and to carry large volumes of traffic, as a route between communities.
      (2)   COLLECTOR STREET. A street which carries traffic from local streets to arterials.
      (3)   CUL-DE-SAC. A short, local street having only one outlet and a vehicular turn-around area.
         (a)   PERMANENT CUL-DE-SAC. A cul-de-sac that, due to physical limitations, will not extend beyond the subdivision.
         (b)   TEMPORARY CUL-DE-SAC. A cul-de-sac that is intended to accommodate a future extension of the street to adjacent property.
      (4)   FRONTAGE ROAD. A street located on the side of an arterial street for service to abutting property and for control of access.
      (5)   LOCAL STREET. A street of limited continuity used primarily for access to the abutting properties and the local need of a neighborhood.
      (6)   SERVICE STREET. A street parallel and adjacent to an arterial street and which provides access to abutting properties and protection from through traffic.
   STREET WIDTH. For the purpose of this chapter, the shortest distance between the lines delineating the right-of-way.
   SUBDIVIDER. The owner of land proposed for subdivision or his or her authorized agent who commences proceedings under this chapter to effect a subdivision of land.
      (1)   The described tract of land which is to be or has been divided into two or more parcels.
      (2)   The term includes resubdivision and, where appropriate to the context, relates either to the process of subdividing or to the land subdivided.
         (a)   MAJOR SUBDIVISION. Any subdivision not classified as minor subdivision.
         (b)   MINOR SUBDIVISION. Any subdivision creating not more than three lots fronting on an existing street, not involving any new street or alley, or the extension of municipal facilities, or the creation of public improvements, and not adversely affecting the remainder of the parcel or adjoining property, and not in conflict with any provision or portion of the comprehensive plan, Ch. 154 of this code or these regulations.
   TRAIL. A right-of-way designed for movement of non-motorized traffic.
   ZONING CHAPTER.  Ch. 154 of this code controlling the use of land as adopted by the city.
(`86 Code, § 10.09) (Am. Ord. 1006, passed 10-1-13)