10-1-2: DEFINITIONS:
As used herein, the following words shall mean:
 
BLOCK:
The land surrounded by streets and other rights of way, other than an alley, or land which is designated or shown as a block on any recorded subdivision plat or official map or plat adopted by the city council.
CITY COUNCIL:
The governing body of Washington City.
CITY ENGINEER:
The person appointed by the city to be the city engineer.
COLLECTOR STREET:
See definition of Street, Collector.
CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS
The standards and specifications adopted by this title.
CUL-DE-SAC:
See definition of Street, Cul-De-Sac.
GENERAL PLAN:
The general plan of the city.
HALF STREET:
The portion of a street within a subdivision comprising one-half (½) the minimum required right of way on which improvements are constructed and in accord with one-half (½) of an approved typical street cross section.
IMPROVED LOT:
A lot which has all the improvements required by chapter 5 of this title.
IMPROVEMENTS:
Includes roads, streets, curbs, gutters, grading, landscaping, water and sewer systems, irrigation systems, drainage systems, public facilities and sewer materials required by this title.
LOT:
A parcel or tract of land within a subdivision which is or may be occupied by a building or structure and the accessory buildings, structures or uses customarily incidental thereto including such open spaces as are arranged and designed to be used in connection with the building according to the zone within which the lot is located.
LOT LINE ADJUSTMENT:
In a subdivision, means the relocation of a property boundary line between two (2) adjoining lots with the consent of the Owners Of Record.
MAJOR STREET PLAN:
The major street plan of the city.
OFFICIAL MAP:
The  official  map  or maps  adopted  by the  city  pursuant  to the municipal zoning and planning enabling legislation.
PARCEL OF LAND:
A contiguous area of land in the possession or ownership of one person.
PERSON:
An individual, individuals, tenants in common, joint tenants, a corporation, partnership, firm, limited partnership or association of individuals, however styled or designated.
PLANNING COMMISSION:
The planning commission of the city.
PROTECTION STRIP:
A strip of land less than the minimum depth required by the zoning ordinance for a building lot bordering the boundary of a subdivision and a street within the subdivision for the purpose of controlling the access of property owners abutting the subdivision to the street.
STREET:
A thoroughfare which has been dedicated and accepted by the city council, which the city has acquired by prescriptive right or which the city owns, or offered for dedication on an approved final plat, or a thoroughfare of at least twenty six feet (26') in width which has been abandoned or made public by right of use and which affords access to abutting property, including highways, roads, lanes, avenues and boulevards.
STREET, COLLECTOR:
A street, existing or proposed, which is the main means of access to the major street system.
STREET, CUL-DE-SAC:
A minor terminal street provided with a turn-around.
STREET, MAJOR:
A street, existing or proposed, which serves or is intended to serve as a major trafficway and is designated on the master street plan as a controlled access highway, major street, parkway or other equivalent term to identify those streets comprising the basic structure of the street plan.
STREET, MARGINAL  ACCESS:
A minor street which is parallel to and adjacent to a limited access major street and which provides access to abutting properties and protection from through traffic.
STREET, MINOR:
A street, existing or proposed, which is  supplementary  to a collector street and of limited continuity which serves or is intended to serve the local needs of a neighborhood.
STREET, PRIVATE:
A thoroughfare within a subdivision which has been reserved by dedication  unto  the  subdivider  of lot  owners  to be  used  as a private access to serve the lots platted within the subdivision and complying with the adopted street cross section standards of the city and maintained by the subdivider or other private agency.
SUBDIVISION:
A.   Any land that is divided, re-subdivided or proposed to be divided into two (2) or more lots, parcels, sites, units, plots, or other division of land for the purpose, whether immediate or future, for offer, sale, lease, or development either on the installment plan or upon any and all other plans, terms and conditions.
B.   “Subdivision” includes:
   1.   The division or development of land whether by deed, metes and bounds description, devise and testacy, lease, map, plat, or other recorded  instrument; and
   2.   Divisions of land for residential and nonresidential uses, including land used or to be used for commercial, agricultural and industrial purposes.
C.   “Subdivision” does not include:
   1.   A bona fide division or partition of agricultural land for the purpose of joining one of the resulting separate parcels to a configuration parcel of unsubdivided agricultural  land.  If neither the resulting combined parcel nor the parcel remaining from the division or partition violates an applicable land use ordinance.
   2.   A recorded agreement between owners of adjoining unsubdivided properties adjusting their mutual boundary if:
   a.   No new lot is created; and
   b.   The adjustment does not violate applicable land use ordinances.
   3.   A recorded document, executed by the owner of record:
   a.   Revising the legal description of more than one contiguous unsubdivided parcel of property into one legal description encompassing all such parcels of property; or
   b.   Joining a subdivided parcel of property to another parcel of property that has not been subdivided, if the joiner does not violate applicable land use ordinances.
SUBDIVISION, MINOR:
The division of any lot, tract, or parcel of land into two (2) to nine (9) lots, plots, sites or other divisions of land for the purpose of whether immediate or future, of sale or building development where:
A.   Each lot meets the frontage, width and area requirements of the zone in which it is located;
B.   For simple two lot divisions, a conceptual plan and legal description of both lots in the subdivision may be approved by the planning commission, community development department, public works department, and the city attorney;
C.   The parcels have a minimum of fifty feet (50') of frontage on a dedicated street or highway (excluding flag lot divisions, where the street entrance to the rear lot shall be a minimum of twenty feet (20') in width of frontage); and
D.   For three (3) to nine (9) lot divisions, prior to the final approval of the minor subdivision by the city council, the subdivider shall provide or guarantee the provision of improvements, such as curb, gutter and sidewalks, on existing streets as are normally required in this title;
UTILITIES:
Includes culinary water lines, pressure and gravity irrigation lines, sanitary and storm water sewer lines, electric power, gas and telephone (or like utility) transmission and distribution lines, underground conduits and junction boxes.  Transmission lines are intended to convey a specific utility from place to place without service taps or transformers.  Distribution lines are intended to provide direct service access to customers.
ZONING ORDINANCE:
The zoning ordinance of the city.  (Ord. 80-4, 6-18-1980; amd. (Ord. 87-14, 10-21-1987;  Ord. 96-4, 2-14-1994;  Ord. 97-24, 7-23-1997;  2007 Code; Ord. 2019-20, 11-13-2019)