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Chapter 34 - Subdivision Code









          34-1‑1        TITLE.  These regulations shall be known as and may be referred to as the Subdivision Code.



          34-1‑2        PURPOSE.  In accordance with State law (Ill. Comp. Stats., Chap. 65, Secs. 5/11‑12‑5, 5/11‑12‑8 ‑‑ 5/11‑12‑12; Chap. 765, Sec. 205/1 et seq.) this Code regulates the subdivision and development of land.  Thus this Code assists in achieving the following specific objectives:

          (A)               to preserve, protect, and promote the public health, safety, and welfare;

          (B)               to provide a pleasant living environment by furthering the orderly and efficient layout and use of land and by facilitating aesthetic urban design;

          (C)               to establish accurate legal records, to avoid development in wetland areas, and to avoid legal and other problems by requiring that subdivided land be properly monumented and recorded;

          (D)               to conserve and increase the value of land, improvements, and buildings throughout the Village;

          (E)                to preserve the natural beauty and topography of the Village to the maximum feasible extent, including preservation of such features as stands of trees, streams, significant archaeological sites, and historical landmarks;

          (F)                to provide adequate light, air, and privacy for all residents of new developments by preventing undue concentration of population;

          (G)               to protect against injury or damage caused by fire, pollution, flooding, storm water runoff, or erosion and sedimentation;

          (H)               to provide safe and convenient access to new developments and to avoid traffic congestion and unnecessary public expenditures by requiring the proper location, design, and construction of streets and sidewalks;

          (I)                to provide an environment whereby the cost of installing and maintaining adequate water mains, sanitary sewers, storm water sewers, and other utilities and services can be kept at a minimum; and

          (J)                to ensure that adequate parks, schools, and similar facilities can be made available to serve the residents.


          34-1‑3        JURISDICTION.  The provisions of this Code shall apply to all Planned Developments whether Residential, Commercial, or otherwise in nature, and to any other developments whether a Plat is required or not under the law, statutes, ordinances or regulations of the governmental body or agency having jurisdiction or control, and regardless of whether the same is labeled a subdivision or not, it being the intent of this Code to apply to all types of development, both within the Village and to areas lying within one and one‑half (1.5) miles of the corporate limits of the Village.



          34-1‑4        INSTANCES WHEN STATUTORY PLATS WILL NOT BE REQUIRED.  In accordance with the Illinois Compiled Statutes 765 205/1(b) the provisions of these regulations do not apply and no plat is required in any of the following instances:

          (A)               the division or subdivision of land into parcels or tracts of five (5) acres or more in size which does not involve any new streets or easements of access or special utility easements;

          (B)               the division of lots or blocks of less than one (1) acre in any recorded subdivision which does not involve any new streets or easements of access or special utility easements;

          (C)               the sale or exchange of parcels of land between owners of adjoining and contiguous land;

          (D)               the conveyance of parcels of land or interests therein for use as a right‑of‑way for railroads or other public utility facilities and other pipelines which does not involve any new streets or easements of access or special utility easements;

          (E)                the conveyance of land owned by a railroad or other public utility which does not involve any new streets or easements of access or special utility easements;

          (F)                the conveyance of land for highway or other public purposes or grants or conveyance relating to the dedication of land for public use or instruments relating to the vacation of land impressed with a public use;

          (G)               conveyance made to correct description in prior conveyances;

          (H)               the sale or exchange of parcels or tracts of land following the division into no more than two (2) parts of a particular parcel or tract of land recorded on or before July 17, 1959 and not involving any new streets or easements of access or special utility easements;

          (I)                the sale of a single lot of less than five (5) acres from a larger tract when a survey is made by an Illinois Registered Land Surveyor; provided, however, that this exemption shall not apply to the sale of any subsequent lots from the same larger tract of land, as determined by the dimensions and configuration of the larger tract existing as of October 1, 1973.

          The Village retains the right to review and approve any and all infrastructure improvements including, but not limited to stormwater and erosion control regulations.  (See Chapter 32 for Stormwater Code)


          34-1‑5        INTERPRETATION.  Every provision of this Code shall be construed liberally in favor of the Village, and every regulation set forth herein shall be considered the minimum requirement for the promotion of the public health, safety, and welfare.

          (A)               More Restrictive Requirements Apply.  Whenever the requirements of this Code differ from those of any statute, lawfully adopted ordinance or regulation, easement, covenant, or deed restriction, the more stringent requirement shall prevail.  (See 65 ILCS Sec. 5/11-12-11)



          34-1‑6        DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY. 

          (A)               Except as may be provided otherwise by statute or ordinance, no officer, council member, agent, or employee of the Village shall render himself personally liable for any damage that may accrue to persons or property as a result of any act required or permitted in the discharge of his duties under this Code.  (See "Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act," Ill. Comp. Stats., Chap. 745, Secs. 10/1‑101.)

          (B)               Any suit brought against any officer, council member, agent, or employee of the Village, as a result of any act required or permitted in the discharge of his duties under this Code, shall be defended by the Village Attorney until the final determination of the legal proceedings.







          34-2‑1        INTERPRETATION OF TERMS.  In construing the intended meaning of terminology used in this Code, the following rules shall be observed:

          (A)               Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in Section 34-2‑2; terms not defined in Section 34-2‑2 shall have its standard English dictionary meaning.

          (B)               Words denoting the masculine gender shall be deemed to include the feminine and neuter genders.

          (C)               Words used in the present tense shall include the future tense.

          (D)               Words used in the singular number shall include the plural number, and vice versa.

          (E)                The word "shall" is mandatory; the word "may" is discretionary.

          (F)                Captions (i.e., titles of sections, subsections, etc.) are intended merely to facilitate general reference and in no way limit the substantive application of the provisions set forth thereunder.

          (G)               References to sections shall be deemed to include all subsections within that section; but a reference to a particular subsection designates only that subsection.

          (H)               A general term that follows or is followed by enumerations of specific terms shall not be limited to the enumerated class unless expressly limited.

          (I)                All distances shall be measured to the nearest integral foot; six (6) inches or more shall be deemed one (1) foot.



          34-2‑2        SELECTED DEFINITIONS.


Administrator: The official appointed by the Mayor and the Village Board to administer the Subdivision Code.


Alley: A public right‑of‑way which affords a secondary means of vehicular access to the side or rear of premises that front on a nearby street, and which may be used for utility purposes.


Amendment: A change in the provisions of this code, properly effected in accordance with State law and the procedures set forth herein.


Area, Building: The total of areas taken on a horizontal plane at the main grade level of the principal building and all accessory buildings exclusive of unenclosed patios, terraces, and steps.

Area General Plan:  A master conceptual plan prepared by the subdivider(s), which depicts existing title boundaries, existing streets, existing easements, existing utilities, existing structures, existing land usage, land characteristics, drainage, flood prone areas identified by FEMA maps, woodlands, and other major topographic features as well as proposed and anticipated subdivision into lots, lot usage, proposed and anticipated zoning, infrastructure including street layout, general provisions for utility service, storm water collection detention and transportation.  This requirement is warranted when large tracts of land are under common ownership or under option to buy or when the parcel under initial development consideration constitutes a portion of a larger land area, the development of which is complicated by unusual problems such as drainage, street layout, utility services, land usage or land ownership pattern as determined by the Village.


Area, Gross: The entire area within the lot lines of the property proposed for subdivision/development, including any areas to be dedicated/reserved for street and alley rights‑of‑way and for public uses.


Area, Net: The entire area within the boundary lines of the territory proposed for subdivision, less the area to be dedicated for street and alley rights‑of‑way and public use.


Arterial Street:  Those streets which carry the greatest proportion of through or long-distance travel.  These facilities serve the high volume travel corridors which connect the major generators of traffic.


Barrier (Natural or Artificial): Any street, highway, river, pond, canal, railroad, levee, embankment, or screening by a fence or hedge.


Block: An area of land entirely bounded by streets, highways, barriers, or rights‑of‑ways (except alleys, pedestrian ways, or exterior boundaries of a subdivision unless exterior boundary is a street, highway, or R.O.W.) or bounded by a combination of streets, public parks, cemeteries, railroad rights‑of‑way, waterways, or corporate boundary lines.


Building: Any structure, whether temporary, semi‑permanent, or permanent, designed or intended for the support, enclosure, shelter or protection of persons or property.


Building Line: See Setback Line.


Catch Basin: A stormwater structure designed with an integral sump for retention of foreign matter that would not easily pass through the outletting storm sewer.



          (A)               the centerline of any right‑of‑way having a uniform width;

          (B)               the original centerline, where a right‑of‑way has been widened irregularly;

          (C)               the new centerline, whenever a road has been relocated.

Centerline Offset: The distance between the centerline of two roughly parallel streets, measured along the third street with which both said "parallel" streets intersect.


Cluster Development: A subdivision planned and constructed so as to group housing units into relatively dense patterns while providing a unified network of open space and wooded areas, and meeting the requirements of the Subdivision Code and other codes as applicable.


Collector Street:  A street which carries traffic from minor streets to the arterial street system, including the principal entrance streets of residence development and the primary circulating streets within such a development.


Commons Area:  That land set aside for open space or recreational use for the general public or the exclusive use of the owners of the lots of a subdivision, which land is conveyed by the developer in fee simple absolute title by warrant to a homeowners association or land trust entity whereby trustees whose trust indenture shall provide that said common land be used for the sole benefit, use and enjoyment of the lot owners present and future.  No lot owner shall have the right to convey his interest in the common land except as an incident of the ownership of a regularly platted lot.


Comprehensive Plan: The plan, if any, or any portion thereof adopted by the Village Board to guide and coordinate the physical and economic development of the Village.  The Village's Comprehensive Plan may include, but is not limited to, plans and programs regarding the location, character, and extent of highways, bridges, public buildings or uses, utilities, schools, residential, commercial, or industrial land uses, parks, drainage facilities, etc.


Cross‑slope:  The degree of inclination, expressed as a percentage, measured laterally across a right‑of‑way and perpendicular to the direction of traffic.


Cul‑de‑Sac:  A minor local street not exceeding five hundred (500) feet in length which terminates in a bulb for vehicular turnaround; the term may also be used to refer solely to the bulb.


Curb and Gutter:  A traffic redirect barrier or mountable structure adjacent to the edge of pavement which also channels runoff away from the driving surface.


Dedicate:  To transfer the ownership of a right‑of‑way, parcel of land, or improvement to the Village or other appropriate government entity in fee simple absolute without compensation.


Density, Gross: The total number of dwelling units divided by the total project area, expressed as gross dwelling units per acre.

Density, Net: The total number of dwelling units divided by the net acreage.  See definition of Area, Net.


Design: The arrangement of uses on the land and the arrangement of easements, lots, and rights‑of‑way, including specifications of materials, alignment, grade and width of these elements.


Develop: To erect any structure or to install any improvements on a tract of land, or to undertake any activity (such as grading) in preparation therefor.


Dimensions: Refers to both lot depth and lot width.


Drainageway: A watercourse, gully, dry stream, creek, or ditch which carries storm water runoff or which is fed by street or building gutters or by storm water sewers, or which serves the purpose of draining water from the lands adjacent to such watercourse, gully, dry stream, creek, or ditch.


Easement: A grant by the property owner to the public, a corporation, or a person of the use of land for limited and specifically named purpose.


Escrow Deposit: A deposit in cash or other approved securities to assure the completion of improvements within a subdivision.


Filing Date: The date that the applicant has filed the last item of required data or information with the Village Clerk and has paid the necessary fees for review by the Plan Commission.


Flood Hazard Area: All land subject to periodic inundation from overflow of natural waterways.


Frontage: The lineal extent of the front (street‑side) of a lot.


Frontage Road: A minor street fronting on an arterial street or highway (usually a limited access highway), used for access to abutting lots.


Grade:  The vertical location of the ground surface.


Hillside Area:  An area with an average slope of twenty percent (20%) or more.


Improvement: Refers to site grading, street work and utilities (including water, sewer, electric, gas, storm water, telephone and cable television) to be installed or agreed to be installed by the subdivider on land to be used for public or private streets, and easements or other purposes as are necessary for the general use of lot owners in the subdivision.  Including the furnishing of all materials, equipment, work and services such as engineering, staking and supervision, necessary to construct all the improvements
required in Article V of the Code or any other improvements that may be provided by the subdivider.  All of such materials, equipment and services shall be provided at the subdivider's cost and expense, although he may enter into a contract with individuals and firms to complete such improvements, and the improvements shall be subject to the final approval of the Plan Commission and the Village Board.


Improvement Plans: The engineering plans showing types of materials and construction details for earth moving and for the structures and facilities to be installed both in, or in conjunction with, a subdivision.  Plans shall include drainage, streets, alleys and utility locations to be installed in or in conjunction with a subdivision ‑ also, include overall drainage plan and its effect on contiguous land and source of effluent or discharge.


Inlet: A receptacle, located where surface and/or groundwater can run to by gravity to be received by the storm sewer.


Intersection: The point at which two or more public rights‑of‑way (generally streets) meet.


Land Use Plan: The comprehensive long‑range plan for the desirable use of land, the purpose of such plan being, among other things, to serve as a guide to the zoning and progressive subdividing and use of undeveloped land.


Local Street:  A minor street providing direct access to abutting property, which may be devoted to residential, commercial, or other uses.  Streets in this classification are not considered part of the major thoroughfare system.


Lot: A tract of land intended as a unit for the purpose (whether immediate or future) of development or transfer of ownership.  A "lot" may or may not coincide with a "lot of record."


Lot Area: The area of a horizontal plane bounded by the front, side, and rear lines of a lot, exclusive of any land designated for street right‑of‑way.


Lot, Corner: A lot having at least two (2) adjacent sides that abut for their full length upon streets.  Both such side lines shall be deemed front lot lines.


Lot Depth: The mean horizontal distance between the front end and the rear lot lines measured in the general direction of the side lot lines.


Lot, Interior: A lot whose side lines do not abut any street.


Lot Line, Front: The line separating the lot from the street.  On a corner lot, the front lot line shall be the frontage having the least dimension.

Lot Line, Rear: The rear lot line is the lot line most nearly parallel to and most remote from the front lot line.


Lot Line, Side: Any lot line other than front or rear lot line.  A corner side lot line separating a lot from a street is called a street side lot line.  A side lot line separating a lot from another lot or lots is called an interior side lot line.


Lot of Record: An area of land designated as a lot on a plat of subdivision recorded with the County Recorder of Deeds in accordance with State law.


Lot, Through: A lot having a part of approximately parallel lot lines that abut two (2) approximately parallel streets.  Both such lot lines shall be deemed front lot lines.


Lot Width: The mean horizontal width of the lot measured at right angle to the general direction of the side lot lines.


Maintenance Bond: A surety bond, posted by the developer and approved by the Village, guaranteeing the satisfactory condition of installed improvements for the two‑year period following their dedication.


Marginal Street:  A street serving minimal amounts of residential traffic at low speeds and:

          (A)               is used for access to abutting properties;

          (B)               is a permanently dead end street;

          (C)               terminates in a cul-de-sac of the required dimensions; and

          (D)               serves no more than twenty-five (25) dwelling units.


Master Development Plan: A combination of maps, drawings, site plans, charts and supportive narrative material that portrays total development to be achieved in the overall project area; which provides sufficient detailed information to both illustrate and describe the intended character and configuration of development to be accomplished.


Metes and Bounds: A description of real property which is not described by reference to a lot or block shown on a map, but is described by starting at a known point and describing the distances and angular relationship 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.


Official Map: A graphic statement of the existing and proposed capital improvements planned by the Village which require the acquisition of land‑‑such as streets, drainage systems, parks, etc.


Owner: A person having sufficient proprietary interest in the land sought to be subdivided to commence and maintain proceedings to subdivide the same under these regulations.

Parking Lane: An auxiliary lane of a street and primarily used for vehicular parking.


Pedestrian Way: A right‑of‑way dedicated to public use which cuts across a block to facilitate safe pedestrian access to adjacent streets and properties.


Performance Bond: A surety bond posted by the developer and approved by the Village, guaranteeing the installation of required improvements within, or in conjunction with, a subdivision.


Planned Unit Development (PUD): A planned unit development is a comprehensively planned development containing residential, commercial, industrial, or other land uses on an area of land under continuing unified control.  A planned unit development may contain a single type of land use or combination of land uses provided that such development is reviewed, evaluated and approved by the Village and satisfies the requirements contained herein.


Plans: All of the drawings including plats, cross‑sections, profiles, working details and specifications, which the subdivider prepares or has prepared to show the character, extent and details of improvements required in this Code and which plans shall conform to any requirements of the Plan Commission as to scale and details for submittal to the officials of the Village for consideration, approval or disapproval.


Plat, Final: The final drawing(s) prepared by a registered land surveyor which describes the boundary of the parent tract(s) in a written legal description and graphically depicts the measurements made in the subdivision of the parent tract(s) of land into lots, commons, right-of-ways and easements so that upon final approval and recording with the County Recorder, orderly transfer of title in fee simple absolute.


Plat, Preliminary:  The preliminary drawing(s) prepared by a registered professional engineer and land surveyor which graphically depicts the existing topography as well as the proposed lot configuration and roadway alignments and general layout of proposed supportive infrastructure within the subdivision for the purpose of compliance review with the jurisdictional entities enacted ordinances.


Project Area:  That territory intended to be subdivided or developed, and portrayed and defined in the preliminary and final plats.


Reserve: To set aside a parcel of land in anticipation of its future dedication in fee simple absolute title without additional compensation to the Village or other appropriate government entity for public purposes.


Reserve Strip: A narrow strip of land between a public street and adjacent lots which is designated on a recorded subdivision plat or property deed as land over which vehicular travel is not permitted.

Re‑subdivision: See Subdivision.


Reverse Curve:  An alignment created by a series of two circular curves of constant radii with one being convex and the other concave to the direction of the proceeding curve, which are joined by either a short straight line segment tangent to both curves or at a point of compound curvature which is common and tangential to both circular curves so as to form an S-shape.  These curves are commonly used in deflection of roadway alignments.


Right‑of‑Way, Public:  A strip of land which the owner/subdivider has dedicated to the Village or other appropriate government entity for streets, alleys, and other public improvements; sometimes abbreviated as r.o.w.


Roadbed: The graded portion of a street upon which the base course, surface course, shoulders and median are constructed.


Roadway: The entire improved portion of the street, including shoulders, parking lanes, travel way, curbs and gutter.


Setback Line:  Front, rear and side line(s) inset toward property center a specified offset distance(s) from a property title line or right-of-way line.  The offset distance shall be as shown in the Zoning Code for the appropriate zoning designation of the property.  These line(s) are generally parallel to the front, side and rear lot line(s) and define a minimum clear zone space on the periphery of the property in which no enclosed structure shall be erected or encroach.  The intention of these lines is to provide open space for public utility and drainage easements, promote fire separation between adjacent structures, increase sight visibility at intersecting streets, provide open green space and uniform appearance along title lines and generally promote the health and well being of the public.


Sewerage System, Private:  A sewer system including collection and treatment facilities established by the developer to serve a new subdivision in an outlying area.


Sidewalk: A pedestrian way constructed in compliance with the standards of this Code, generally inset 1-foot inside the right-of-way line but occasionally abutting or near the curb line of the street.


Slope: The degree of inclination expressed as a percentage or ratio of horizontal units to vertical units.


Soil and Water Conservation District: The County Soil and Water Conservation District also known as the U.S. Natural Resource and Conservation Service.


Stop Order:  An order used by the Administrator to halt work-in-progress that is in violation of this Code.

Street: A public or private way for motor vehicle travel including similar tersm such as interstate, highway, thoroughfare, parkway, throughway, road, pike, avenue, boulevard, lane, place, drive, court and similar designations, but excludes an alley or a way for pedestrian or bicycle use only.


Street, Dead‑End: Land access streets similar to cul‑de‑sacs, except that they provide no turn‑around circle at their closed end, and are permitted in any proposed subdivision with the permission of the Village.  (See Section 34-5-12(B))


Street, Land Access: Land access streets provide access to abutting properties, have a relatively short travel distance, and have a low volume design capacity and travel speeds.


Street, Looped: Land access streets having two (2) open ends, each end generally connecting with the same street, no other streets intersecting between its ends, and property fronts on both sides of the street.


Street, Marginal Access or Service Road: A land access street parallel and adjacent to area service highways providing access to abutting properties.


Structure: Anything constructed or erected which requires permanent or temporary location on or in the ground, or is attached to something having a fixed location on or in the ground.  All buildings are structures but not all structures are buildings (e.g., a fence).


Stub or Butt Street: A street that is temporarily terminated, but that is planned for future continuation.


Subdivider: Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, estate or other group or combination acting as a unit, dividing or proposing to divide land in a manner that constitutes a subdivision as defined in this Article.


Subdivision: (1) The division of land into two or more lots or parcels for the purpose of either immediate or future sale, rental or building development or use(s) other than agricultural use or production.  (2) Establishment or dedication of a public street or alley through a tract of land regardless of size.  The term "subdivision" shall also include all re‑subdivisions of land or lots.


Subdivision, Minor:  A division of land into two (2), but not more than four (4) lots, all of which front upon an existing street, not involving new streets or other rights-of-way, easements, improvements, or other provisions for public areas and facilities.


Topography: The relief features or surface configuration of an area of land.


Travelway: That portion of a street used for the movement of vehicles, exclusive of shoulders and auxiliary lanes.

Vacate: To terminate the legal existence of right‑of‑way or subdivision and to so note on the final plat recorded with the County Recorder of Deeds.


Variance, Subdivision: A relaxation in the strict application of the design and improvement standards set forth in this Code.


Yard, Front:  That frontage portion of a lot, parcel or real property between the occupying nearest structure(s) and the front title line(s) and extending to the side title lines.  If a lot, parcel or real property fronts two intersecting streets, then this definition shall apply to both frontages.  The term “required front yard” shall mean the minimum offset depth of the front yard setback line required by the Zoning Code.


Yard, Rear:  That portion of a lot, parcel or real property between the occupying nearest structure(s) and the rear title line(s) and extending to the side title lines.  The term “required rear yard” shall mean the minimum offset depth of the rear yard setback line required by the Zoning Code.


Yard, Side:  That portion of a lot, parcel or real property between the occupying nearest structure(s) and the side title lines and extending to the front and rear yard setback line(s).  The term “required side yard” shall mean the minimum offset depth of the side yard setback line required by the Zoning Code.


Zoning Code: The Zoning Code of the Village of Westville.









          34-3‑1        GENERAL PROCEDURE.  Before preparing a proposed plat for an area, the owner, developer, or their representatives should have an informal pre‑application meeting with the Plan Commission and/or the Village Engineer to determine applicable ordinance regulations and standards which must be complied with and whether an area general plan will be required.  After the pre‑application meeting(s), the subdivider should then prepare an area general plan as needed and a preliminary plat.  As defined in the Subdivision Code, the preliminary plat must contain a substantial amount of data, and will thus be incomplete and cannot be considered as filed until all required data are submitted.  The preliminary plat is received with filing fees by the Village Clerk's office, who, in turn, will forward the same to the Plan Commission for their review.  Following its review (as well as comments from other appropriate agencies when required), the Plan Commission forwards its recommendation(s) to the Village Board, who then either approve, disapprove, or approve with modifications the preliminary plat.



          34-3‑2        FILING PROCEDURE.  Except as specifically provided otherwise below, every person who proposes to subdivide any land located within the subdivision jurisdiction of this Municipality shall file six (6) copies of the preliminary plat of said subdivision with the Village Clerk.

          He shall also file one (1) copy of the preliminary plat and supporting data with the appropriate Soil and Water Conservation District.  Said district shall have not more than thirty (30) days to submit any comments it might wish to make to the Administrator.  (See 70 ILCS Sec. 405/22.02A)

          Whenever a large tract is to be developed in stages and only a portion of that tract is to be submitted for final plat approval, nonetheless, a Master Development Plan of the entire tract shall be submitted.

          All preliminary plats shall be reviewed and acted upon in accordance with Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 65, Section 5/11‑12‑8 and the provisions of the subsections below.


EXCEPTION: The provision of this Section shall not apply to:

          (A)               minor subdivisions as defined at Section 34-2‑2; or

          (B)               land that is specifically exempted from the Illinois Plats Act as now or hereafter amended.  (See 765 ILCS Sec. 205/1(B)).



          34-3‑3        INFORMATION REQUIRED.  Every preliminary plat shall be prepared by an Illinois Registered Land Surveyor at any scale from one inch equals
twenty feet (1" = 20')
through one inch equals one hundred feet (1" = 100') provided the resultant drawing does not exceed thirty‑six (36) inches square.  Applicant shall provide 11” x 17” reduced size copies for Village Board review.  Each preliminary plat shall indicate on its face the following information:

          (A)               small key map showing the relation of the proposed subdivision to section or U.S. Survey lines and to platted subdivisions and dedicated roads within three hundred (300) feet of the proposed subdivision;

          (B)               names and addresses of the owner, subdivider (if not the owner), and registered professional engineer;

          (C)               proposed name of the subdivision;

          (D)               zoning district classification of the tract to be subdivided, and of the adjacent land;

          (E)                north arrow, graphic scale, and date of map;

          (F)                the gross and net acreage area of the proposed subdivision, the acreage of streets, and of any areas reserved for the common use of the property owners within the subdivision and/or for public use;

          (G)               all lot lines adjacent to and abutting the subdivision;

          (H)               tract boundary lines showing dimensions, bearings, angles, and references to known land lines;

          (I)                topography of the tract to be subdivided as indicated by two‑ (2) foot contour data for land having slopes of zero to four percent (0‑4%), five‑ (5) foot contour data for land having slopes between four and twelve percent (4‑12%), and ten‑ (10) foot contour data for land having slopes of twelve percent (12%) or more;

          (J)                any proposed alteration, adjustment or change in the elevation or topography of any area;

          (K)               locations of such features as bodies of water, ponding areas, natural drainageways, railroads, cemeteries, bridges, parks, schools, etc.;

          (L)                streets and rights‑of‑way on and adjoining the site of the proposed subdivision; showing the names and including street right‑of‑way and paving widths; approximate gradients; types and widths of pavement, curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks, planting strips and other pertinent data, including classification of all existing or proposed streets as to function as collector, major, minor or county road;

          (M)               a copy of the results of any tests made to ascertain subsurface rock and soil conditions and the water table;

          (N)               locations, widths, and purposes of all existing and proposed easements;

          (O)               a copy of the description of all proposed deed restrictions and covenants;

          (P)                location and size of existing and proposed sanitary and storm sewers;

          (Q)               locations and types, and approximate sizes of all other existing and proposed utilities;

          (R)               building setback or front yard lines and dimensions;


          (S)                locations, dimensions, and areas of all parcels to be reserved or dedicated for schools, parks/playgrounds, and other public purposes;

          (T)               locations, dimensions, and areas of all proposed or existing lots within the subdivision;

          (U)               information as defined in Section 34-3‑4(A);

          (V)               delineated boundaries of any wetland;

          (W)              delineated boundaries of any Federal Emergency Management Agency identified floodplain, floodway or flood prone areas.

          [See Schedule “A” at conclusion of Chapter.]



          34-3‑4        PLAN COMMISSION ACTION.  The Plan Commission shall either approve or disapprove the application for preliminary plat approval within ninety (90) days from the date of said application or the filing of the last item of required supporting data, whichever date is later, unless the Plan Commission and the subdivider mutually agree to extend this time limit.  If the Plan Commission disapproves the preliminary plat, they shall furnish to the applicant within the ninety (90) day period a written statement specifying the aspects in which the proposed plat fails to conform to this Code and/or the Official Map.  If the Plan Commission approves the preliminary plat, they shall inform the Village Board that action can be taken at the next regularly scheduled Village Board meeting.

          (A)               Notice of Meeting.  The Plan Commission shall give notice of its consideration of any preliminary plat and allow the opportunity to be heard to the following person(s) or groups during its preliminary review time span:

(1)      Any person requesting notification of the meeting.

(2)      Any property owner whose property is contiguous to the property, including property across the streets, railroads, creeks, and similar barriers; said information shall be provided by the applicant to the Village Clerk's office when filing the plat.

(3)      Any governmental or taxing body which requests notification of the meeting.  (See 65 ILCS 5/11-12-8)



          34-3‑5        REVIEW BY VILLAGE BOARD; TIME CONSTRAINTS.  The Village Board shall review the preliminary plat, along with the Plan Commission recommendations and approve, disapprove or approve subject to certain conditions and/or modifications said preliminary plat within thirty (30) days after its next regularly scheduled meeting following receipt of the written Plan Commission recommendations.  If variances are needed from Zoning Code requirements, the Village Board has sixty (60) days after its next regularly scheduled meeting.


          If the Village Board rejects the preliminary plat, their resolution shall specify the aspects in which the plat fails to comply with this Code and/or the Official Map.  The Village Clerk shall attach a certified copy of the Board's resolution of approval or disapproval to the preliminary plat.  One copy of the resolution and plat shall be retained by the Clerk, one copy shall be filed with the Administrator, and one copy shall be sent to the subdivider by return receipt mail.



          34-3‑6        RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF SUBDIVIDER.  Preliminary plat approval shall confer the following rights and privileges upon the subdivider:

          (A)               That the preliminary plat will remain in effect for a one (1) year period from the day the Village Board approves the same.  The applicant may, during this period, submit all or part or parts of said preliminary plat for final approval.  In the event that the subdivision is being developed in stages, the applicant may, by written mutual agreement with the Village Board, have final approval of the last part of the plat delayed for a period not to exceed five (5) years from the date of the preliminary plat approval. Any part of a subdivision which is being developed in stages shall contain a tract of land at least one (1) block in area or five (5) gross acres.

          (B)               That the general terms and conditions under which the preliminary plat approval was granted will not be changed for final approval.

          (C)               The applicant may also proceed with any detailed improvement plans required for all facilities or utilities intended to be provided.  Actual construction of such facilities and improvements may commence prior to final plat approval if the detailed improvement plans have been recommended by the Village Engineer and approved by the Village Board, provided that such facilities and improvements will be inspected throughout their construction, and final plat approval will be contingent in part upon acceptable compliance to Village improvement and facilities standards.  If the applicant does not submit the improvement plans prior to the submission of the final plat, then he shall submit the improvement plans to the Village Clerk's office at the time that the final plat is submitted.



          34-3-7        RESERVED.






          34-3‑8        SUBMISSION OF PLANS.  After the Village Board has approved the preliminary plat, but prior to submission of the final plat, the developer shall furnish four (4) copies of the plans and specifications for all improvements to be installed within or in conjunction with the proposed development to the Village Clerk, pay all associated filing fees before review by the Village Engineer.  These plans and specifications shall be signed and sealed by the registered professional engineer responsible for their
preparation.  Until the Village Engineer certifies in writing that the proposed improvements conform to generally accepted engineering practices and to the standards in this Code:

          (A)               the Administrator shall not issue any building permit to allow construction of said improvements; and

          (B)               the Village Board shall not act upon the application for final plat approval.  (See Section 34-3-22)



          34-3-9        INFORMATION REQUIRED.  Improvement plans shall consist of black or blue line prints not larger than twenty-four (24) by thirty-six (36) inches and at a minimum horizontal scale of one hundred (100) feet to one (1) inch or minimum vertical scale of five (5) feet to one (1) inch.  These plans and the related specifications shall provide all of the following information:

          (A)               topography of the tract, both before and after development at the same scale as the approved preliminary plat;

          (B)               existing and proposed elevations along the centerline of all streets;

          (C)               radii of all curves and lengths of tangents on all streets;

          (D)               locations and typical cross‑section of street pavements including curbs/gutters, catch basins, and inlets;

          (E)                locations and typical cross‑section of sidewalks and driveway aprons;

          (F)                locations, sizes, and invert elevations of all existing and proposed sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and fire hydrants, showing connections to any existing or proposed utility systems;

          (G)               locations and sizes of all water, gas, electric, and other utilities;

          (H)               locations of street lighting standards and street signs;

          (I)                one or more bench marks, when requested by Engineer, in or near the subdivision, to which the subdivision is referenced; the identity and elevation shall be based on sea level datum;

          (J)                all proposed measures to control erosion and sedimentation;

          (K)               high water elevations of all lakes/streams adjoining or within the tract;

          (L)                such other information as the Village Engineer may reasonably require to perform his duties under this Section; and

          (M)               existing and proposed survey monuments on street plans or on the proposed final plat as required by this Code.

          (N)               stormwater detention facilities shown on plans and supporting engineering calculations for storm sewers and detention facilities.

          [See Schedule “B” at conclusion of Chapter.]


          34-3‑10      INSPECTIONS REQUIRED.  The subdivider/developer shall notify the Administrator and the Village Engineer of both the start and completion of construction.

          (A)               The Village Engineer shall inspect said improvements while they are under construction.  If he or his designated deputy determines that they are being built in violation of this Code, he shall request that the Administrator promptly issue a stop order.

          (B)               The Village Engineer shall inspect improvements upon their completion.  This Municipality shall not accept any completed improvement until the Engineer has stated in writing that it complies with this Code.



      34-3‑11          FILING "AS‑BUILT" RECORDS. 

          (A)               The subdivider/developer shall file with the Administrator a set of reproducible cloth‑ or polyester‑base film positive showing the as‑built details and any deviations from the approved plans upon the completion of improvements, or when fifty percent (50%) of the building permits have been issued in a given plat.

          (B)               The subdivider/developer shall pay the costs to add water, sewer, street, and stormwater improvements to the overall Village map(s);

          (C)               If the Village Engineer finds the as‑built to be unacceptable, building permits shall be discontinued until such time as the information is acceptable.



          34-3-12      RESERVED.











          34-3‑13      APPROVAL OF FINAL PLAT - IMPROVEMENTS.  The Village Board shall not approve any final plat of subdivision (and, hence, said final plat shall not be entitled to recording) until:

          (A)               all improvements required in the improvement plan have been completed by the subdivider/developer at his expense, inspected by the Administrator and Engineer, and dedicated to this Municipality or other appropriate entity; or

          (B)               in accordance with the sections below, the subdivider/ developer has provided this Municipality with legal assurance to guarantee the satisfactory completion and dedication of all required improvements.


          34-3‑14      FORMS OF ASSURANCE.  At the option of the Village Board, the required legal assurance may be either a performance bond or a bank letter of credit.  Every performance bond shall be reviewed by the Village Attorney, and posted with the Village Clerk.



          34-3‑15      AMOUNT OF BOND OR DEPOSIT.  The amount of the performance bond or escrow deposit shall be equal to the Village Engineer's opinion of probable costs of constructing the uncompleted portion of the required improvements plus all required inspection fees.  Developer’s engineer shall prepare cost estimates for review and approval by the Village Engineer.  Any escrow deposit may be in the form of:

          (A)               an irrevocable letter of credit or commitment from a lending institution guaranteeing to this Municipality the availability of the escrow funds from time to time upon demand.

          [See Schedules “D” and “E” at the conclusion of the Chapter.]



          34-3‑16      ELIGIBLE SURETIES.  No person shall be eligible to act as surety unless he has been approved by the Village Board.  The Treasurer shall conduct or cause to be conducted spot audits of all sureties.  Any surety who fails to perform shall be ineligible for two (2) years thereafter to act as surety for any subdivision improvement within this Village's jurisdiction.



          34-3‑17      TERM OF ASSURANCE, EXTENSION.  The initial term of any performance bond or bank letter of credit shall not exceed two (2) years.  If all the required improvements have not been completed by the end of the two‑year period, the Administrator, with the advice and consent of the Village Board, may either extend said bond/bank letter of credit for one (1) year only, or may proceed as per Section 34-3‑19.



          34-3‑18      RELEASE OF BOND/ESCROW DEPOSIT. 

          (A)               The Village Treasurer may release up to ninety percent (90%) of the amount of the performance bond/escrow deposit upon receipt of written authorization from the Village Board.  The amount which the Village Board authorizes to be released shall be equal to the value of improvements actually completed in accordance with approved plans.

          (B)               The balance of the amount of the performance bond/escrow deposit shall not be released by the Village Treasurer until:

(1)      the Village Engineer has certified to the Village in writing that all required improvements have been satisfactorily completed; and


(2)      said improvements have been accepted by and dedicated to this Village or other appropriate entity.



          34-3‑19      FAILURE TO COMPLETE IMPROVEMENTS.  If all the required improvements have not been completed by the end of the two‑year period (or three‑year period, in the case of an extension), the Administrator, with the assistance of the Village Attorney, may:

          (A)               require the surety to perform on the bond, and to pay to this Municipality an equal amount to the cost of completing the required improvements or the amount of the bond not theretofore released, whichever is less; or

          (B)               order the Village Treasurer to retain all escrow funds needed to complete the required improvements, and to return the balance (if any) of such funds to the subdivider/developer; or

          (C)               require the subdivider/developer to submit a new performance bond or bank letter of credit in an amount sufficient to cover any increase in the cost of constructing the required improvements.

          An extension may be granted only for a one (1) year period by the Village Board.



          34-3-20  -  34-3-21       RESERVED.








          34-3‑22      VILLAGE BOARD APPROVAL.  The Village Board shall not approve any final plat unless they determine that it is in compliance with the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 765 commonly known as the Illinois Plat Act and all pertinent requirements of this Code including those set forth in the sections below.



          34-3‑23      FILING, TIME LIMITS.  The subdivider of every subdivision ‑‑ whether major or minor but excluding land specifically exempted from the Illinois Plats Act as now or hereafter amended (Ill. Comp. Stats., Chap. 765, Sec. 205/1(b)) ‑‑ who desires final plat approval shall file six (6) copies of the final plat and supporting data with the Village Clerk and pay all associated filing fees not later than one (1) year after preliminary plat approval has been granted.  However, with the consent of the Village Board, the subdivider may delay application for final approval of part(s) of the tract shown on the preliminary plat for successive one‑year periods.  No subdivision plat or re‑plat shall be filed for record or recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Deeds,
unless and until the approval of the Village is endorsed thereon.  No lot shall be sold for such subdivision plat or re‑plat until it has been approved by the Village Board and filed for record in the office of the County Recorder of Deeds as required by the State Statutes.

          For official filings, the subdivider shall file the approved final plat with the County Recorder of Deeds within sixty (60) days after the Village Board has approved the same and the Mayor has affixed his signature thereto.  One (1) copy of the final plat shall be given to the Village Clerk's office by the subdivider bearing the official stamp of the County Recorder attesting its recording within twenty (20) days of such action.



          34-3‑24      INFORMATION REQUIRED.  Every final plat shall be prepared, certified, signed and sealed by a registered Illinois Professional Land Surveyor on mylar film with waterproof black ink at a scale not greater than one hundred (100) feet equals one (1) inch with a minimum printed text height and width of one-eighth (1/8) inch, provided that the resultant drawing shall not exceed twenty-four (24) by thirty‑six (36) inches.  Exceptions to scale and sheet size may be granted by administrative approval during the Preliminary Plat phase.  The final plat and supporting documentation shall at a minimum, depict and include all of the following information:

          (A)               north arrow, graphic scale, and date of field survey and the date of plat preparation;

          (B)               name of subdivider, name of subdivision, location and position of the subdivision by aliquot parts of the section, township, range and meridian relative to the original Federal Rectangular Public Land Surveys including county and state;

          (C)               a closed metes and bounds or other adequate legal description of the exterior boundary of the tract to be subdivided which is referenced to a remote point of commencement tied to the Federal Rectangular Public Land Survey System in sufficient detail to locate the point of beginning of the tract and retrace the boundary in the absence of other field monumentation, and the included area of the subdivision to the nearest one‑hundredth (1/100) of an acre;

          (D)               accurate boundary lines, with dimensions, curve data, bearings or azimuth angles necessary to create a mathematically closed boundary of the tract to be subdivided, with positional closure after azimuth adjustment not exceeding 1:10,000;

          (E)                all dimensions shall be shown in feet and decimal parts thereof;

          (F)                references to recorded plats of adjoining platted land within three hundred (300) feet, by record name, plat book, page number and recording number;

          (G)               accurate locations of all existing streets intersecting the boundaries of the subdivision;

          (H)               right‑of‑way lines of all streets, other rights‑of‑way, easements, and lot lines with accurate dimensions, angles, or bearings and curve data, including radii, arcs or chords, points of tangency, and central angles;

          (I)                name and right‑of‑way width of every proposed street;

          (J)                purpose of any existing or proposed easement(s);

          (K)               consecutive numbering of each lot, lot dimensions, and (in a separate list) lot areas;

          (L)                purpose(s) for which sites, other than private lots, are reserved;


          (M)               building or setback lines with accurate dimensions;

          (N)               covenants, agreements and deed restrictions of all types which will run with the land;

          (O)               description and location of all known existing subdivision and Federal Rectangular Public Land Survey System monuments as well as reestablishment of lost or obliterated corners of the same from which future surveys may be made together with elevations of any bench marks; and the Surveyor must, at the time of making his survey, establish permanent monuments (set in such a manner that they will not be moved by frost) which mark the external boundaries of the tract to be divided or subdivided and must designate upon the plat the locations where they may be found;

          (P)                Monumentation shall be set in the field by the Professional Land Surveyor preparing the plat or personnel under his direct supervision.  The plat shall be a true and accurate scaled representation of the monuments set or recovered in the field and the monument location, type, material and size shall be as shown on the plat.  Monuments shall be set at the true location of each lot corner, block corner, point of radial curvature and point of radial tangency as well as the exterior boundaries of the tract to be subdivided.  Witness corners may only be used where physical barriers prevent setting the monument at the true location or where monumentation already exists representing the same point.  All monuments set in the field shall contain at a minimum a one-half (1/2) inch by thirty (30) inches long ferrous or magnetic source that is recoverable by ferrous metal detecting equipment commonly employed in the land surveying practice.  Monuments shall also bear the registration number of the Professional Land Surveyor and be set flush with the final surface elevation.

          (Q)               In the event a private septic disposal system is proposed for each lot, certification by a registered Illinois Professional Engineer will be required on the face of the plat or in subsidiary documents certifying that the proposed land use, the proposed lots and the known soil properties and characteristics of the area are adequate for such systems in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health standards;

          (R)               Drainage Statement by a registered Illinois Professional Engineer certifying that to the best of my knowledge and belief, the drainage of surface waters will not be changed by the construction of “Subdivision Name” or ay part thereof, or, that if such surface water drainage will be changed, reasonable provision has been made for collection and diversion of such surface waters into public areas, or drains, which the Owner has a right to use, and that such surface waters will be planned for in accordance with the Village of Westville Storm Water Code and generally accepted engineering practices so as to reduce the likelihood of damage to adjoining properties because of the construction of “Subdivision Name”.  Said statement shall also be executed by the Owner and Developer.

          In addition, the subdivider shall furnish the Village Board with a sample sales contract which reflects both restrictive covenants and local development ordinances which the property will be subject to.

          [See Schedule “C” at conclusion of Chapter.]


          34-3‑25      CERTIFICATES REQUIRED.  As required by State law (Ill. Comp. Stats., Chap. 765, Sec. 205/2; Chap. 65, Sec. 5/11‑12‑8), the following certificates shall be executed on the final plat:





We,                                               , the Owners of             (description)           , have caused the said tract to be surveyed and subdivided in the manner shown, and said subdivision is to be hereinafter known as                             .  All rights‑of‑way and easements shown hereon are hereby dedicated to the use of the public forever including the release and waiver of the right of homestead under the Homestead Exemption laws of the State of Illinois.


Dated this       day of                     , 20    .








State of Illinois        )

                              )  SS

County of Vermilion )


I,                        , a Notary Public in and for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that               (owners)              are personally known to me to be the same persons whose names are subscribed to the foregoing instrument, and that they appeared before me this day in person and acknowledged that they signed and sealed the same as their free and voluntary act for the uses and purposes therein set forth, including the release of waiver of the right of homestead.


Given under my hand and Notarial Seal this                 day of                      , 20    .



                                                                      Notary Public




I,                                          , an Illinois Registered Land Surveyor, do hereby certify that this plat is a correct representation of a survey made under my direct supervision at the request of                                 for the purpose of subdividing the tract into lots as shown.



                                                                                                                                   Land Surveyor                                                          Illinois Registration Number









This plat has been approved by the County Highway Department with respect to roadway access pursuant to the requirements of Vermilion County governing access rights.



County Engineer                                              Date





I,                                       , County Clerk of Vermilion County, Illinois, do hereby certify that I find no unpaid or forfeited taxes against any of the real estate included within this plat.



County Clerk                                                             Date





I,                                               , Mayor of the Village, do hereby certify that the plat shown herein was duly presented to the Village Board and approved at a meeting of same held on       (date)      .



Mayor, Village of Westville                               Village Clerk, Village of Westville






State of Illinois        )


County of Vermilion )



This plat has been reviewed for 9-1-1 implementation.



Vermilion County 9-1-1 Coordinator                  Date






We, the undersigned, do hereby certify that part of the land being subdivided by this plat is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area as identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as shown on the “Flood Insurance Rate Map” and the “Flood Boundary and Floodway Map” for the County of Vermilion, Illinois on the Community Panel dated                                                       .





State of Illinois        )

                              )         ss

County of Vermilion )


We, the undersigned, do hereby certify that no part of the land being subdivided by this plat is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area as identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on the “Flood Insurance Rate Map” for the County of Vermilion, Illinois on Community Panel dated                                                .  There is no guarantee implied, however, that the property within this subdivision is not subject to flooding.





Illinois Land Surveyor





          34-3‑26      ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW, ADVISORY REPORT.  Within thirty (30) days from the date of application for Final Plat approval, the Village Engineer and the Administrator shall review said Final Plat (and supporting data), and shall each advise the Village Board in writing whether it substantially conforms to the approved preliminary plat and improvement plans.  A copy of their Advisory Report shall be forwarded to the Plan Commission.  The Plan Commission may prepare an addendum to said report (should they so desire), and forward same to the Village Board.


          34-3‑27      ACTION BY VILLAGE BOARD.  The Village Board shall either approve or disapprove the application for Final Plat approval by resolution within sixty (60) days from the date of said application or the filing of the last item of required supporting data, whichever date is later, unless the Board and the subdivider mutually agree to extend this time limit.  The Village Board shall not approve any Final Plat unless:

          (A)               the final plat substantially conforms to the approved preliminary plat; and

          (B)               the final plat manifests substantial compliance with the design and improvements standards of this Code, the County Zoning Code, and the Official Map; and

          (C)               to the Board's knowledge and belief, the final plat complies with all pertinent requirements of State law; and

          (D)               either of the following has been met:

(1)      all required improvements have been completed, inspected, accepted, and dedicated; or

(2)      the subdivider/developer has posted a performance bond to guarantee the satisfactory completion and dedication of all required improvements.

          If the Village Board disapproves the Final Plat, their resolution shall specify the aspects in which the Plat fails to meet the above conditions for approval.

          The Village Clerk shall attach a certified copy of the Board's resolution of approval or disapproval to the Final Plat.  One copy of the resolution and plat shall be retained by the Clerk, one copy shall be filed with the Administrator, and one copy shall be given to the subdivider.  (See 65 ILCS 5/11-2-8)



          34-3‑28      CHANGES IN APPROVED FINAL PLATS.  Once a Final Plat is approved by the Village Board, it shall not thereafter be modified; provided, however, that minor changes may be made upon written application to the Administrator.  Major changes require the filing of a new Final Plat and complete re‑review.  (See Section 34-4-4.6)



          34-3-29  -  34-3-34       RESERVED.








          34-3‑35      SUBDIVIDER’S RESPONSIBILITIES.  The subdivider/developer shall maintain all the improvements in the subdivision until they have been accepted by and dedicated to the Village or other appropriate entity.


          34-3-36      MAINTENANCE BOND.  Prior to dedication, the subdivider/ developer shall post a maintenance bond with the Village Clerk in the form approved by the Village Attorney.  Said bond shall be in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the approved construction estimate amount as determined by the Village Engineer to be sufficient to guarantee the satisfactory condition of the required improvements for a period of two (2) years from the date of their acceptance and dedication.  In addition to the subdivision improvements, the maintenance bond shall also be sufficient to guarantee satisfactory restoration of infrastructure surrounding the subdivision which, in the opinion of the Village, with reasonable inference is attributable to construction of the subdivision.  If at any time during the two (2) year period the improvements are found to be defective or problems above develop, they shall be repaired, replaced, or corrected at the subdivider/developer’s expense.  If the subdivider/developer fails or refuses to pay such costs within ninety (90) days after demand is made upon him by the Administrator, the Village shall use the maintenance bond to make the necessary repairs, replacements, or corrections.  If the cost of repairs, replacements, or corrections exceeds the bond amount, the subdivider/developer shall be liable for the excess.  At the end of the two (2) year period, the maintenance bond shall be released.  [See Schedule “F” at the conclusion of the Chapter.]






          34-3‑37      VACATION OF PLATS.  In accordance with State law (Ill. Comp. Stats., Chap. 765, Secs. 205/6, 205/7, and 205/8), any plat or part thereof may be vacated by the owner of the tract, at any time before the sale of any lot therein, by a written vacation instrument to which a copy of the plat is attached.  If there are public service facilities in any street, other public way, or easement shown on said plat, the instrument shall reserve to the Village or other public entity or public utility owning such facilities the property, rights‑of‑way, and easements necessary for continuing public service by means of those facilities and for maintaining or reconstructing the same.  The vacation instrument shall be approved by the Board in the same manner as plats of subdivision and shall also be approved by the County Engineer, the Highway Commissioner, the District Engineer of the State Department of Transportation, and the public utilities.  In the case of the platted tracts wherein any lots have been sold, the written vacation instrument must also be signed by all the owners of lots in said tracts.







          34-4‑1        ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, DUTIES.  The Administrator is hereby authorized and directed to administer and enforce the provisions of this Code.  This broad responsibility encompasses, but is not limited to, the following specific duties.

          (A)               to review and forward preliminary plats to the Plan Commission (See Art. III; Div. I);

          (B)               to transmit improvements plans to the Village Engineer for his review (See Art. III; Div. II);

          (C)               to review and forward final plats to the Village Board (See Sec. 34-3-23);

          (D)               to issue stop orders as necessary when the Zoning Administrator or Village Engineer determines that approved improvements are being constructed in violation of this Code (See Sec. 34-3‑10);

          (E)                to pursue actions authorized at Section 34-3‑19 when a developer fails to complete required improvements;

          (F)                to evaluate and pass upon proposed changes in approved final plats (See Sec. 34-3‑28);

          (G)               to review and forward applications for subdivision variances to the Plan Commission (See Sec. 34-4‑2);

          (H)               to maintain up‑to‑date records of matters pertaining to this Code including, but not limited to, preliminary plats, as‑built records of completed improvements (See Sec. 34-3‑11), final plats, variances, and amendments;

          (I)                to provide information to subdividers/developers and to the general public on matters related to this Code; and

          (J)                to periodically review the provisions of this Code to determine whether revisions are needed, and to make recommendations on such matters to the Village Planning Commission as necessary.



          34-4‑2        SUBDIVISION VARIANCES.  Any subdivider/developer desiring a variance from the requirements of this Code shall file a written application therefor with the Administrator at the same time that he files his preliminary plat.  The application shall fully explain the grounds for the variance request, and specify the section(s) of this Code which, if strictly applied, would cause great practical difficulties or hardship.  The Administrator shall prepare an advisory report on every variance application and submit it, together with the completed application, to the Plan Commission.



          34-4‑3        REVIEW BY PLAN COMMISSION.  The Plan Commission shall review the variance application and the Administrator's comments, perform on‑site review when appropriate, and submit their advisory report to the Village Board together with
their recommendation on preliminary plat approval (See Sec. 34-3‑2).  The Plan Commission's advisory report shall be responsive to all the variances standards set forth in Section 34-4‑4.



          34-4‑4        ACTION BY VILLAGE BOARD, VARIANCE STANDARDS.  At the same meeting at which they take action on the application for preliminary plat approval (See Sec. 34-3‑3), the Village Board shall decide by resolution whether to grant or to deny the requested subdivision variance.  A copy of their decision, clearly stating their reasons therefore and the exact terms of any variance granted, shall be attached to both the preliminary and final plats.  The Village Board shall not grant any subdivision variance unless, based upon the information presented to them, they determine that:

          (A)               the proposed variance is consistent with the general purposes of this Code (See Sec. 34-1‑1); and

          (B)               strict application of the subdivision requirements (See Article V) would result in great practical difficulties or hardship to the applicant, not a mere inconvenience; and

          (C)               the proposed variance is the minimum deviation from the subdivision requirements that will alleviate the difficulties/hardship; and

          (D)               the plight of the applicant is due to peculiar circumstances not of his own making; and

          (E)                the peculiar circumstances creating the variance request are not applicable to other tracts and, therefore, that a variance would be a more appropriate remedy than a code amendment; and

          (F)                the variance, if granted, will not materially frustrate the implementation of the comprehensive plan including the Official Map.  (See Section 34-5-2.2)

          Financial consideration or peculiar circumstances do not constitute a hardship.



          34-4‑5        AMENDMENTS.  Amendments to this Code may be proposed by the Administrator, any member of the Village Board, any Plan Commission member, or any party in interest.  Every amendment proposal shall be filed on a prescribed form in the Administrator's office.  The Administrator shall promptly transmit each proposal, together with any comments or recommendations he may wish to make to the Plan Commission for a public hearing.

          (A)               Public Hearing, Notice.  The Plan Commission shall hold a public hearing on every amendment proposal within a reasonable time after said proposal is submitted to them.  At the hearing any interested party may appear and testify, either in person or by duly authorized agent or attorney.  Notice indicating the time, date, and place of the hearing, and the nature of the proposed amendment shall be given not more than thirty (30) nor less than fifteen (15) days before the hearing by publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the local community.


          (B)               Advisory Report, Action by Village Board.  Within a reasonable time after the public hearing, the Plan Commission shall submit an advisory report to the Village Board.  The Village Board shall act on the proposed amendment at their next regularly scheduled meeting following submission of this report.  Without another public hearing, the Village Board may either pass or reject the proposed amendment or may refer it back to the Plan Commission for further consideration.



          34-4‑6        SCHEDULE OF FEES.  All fees indicated in tabular form below shall be paid to the Village Clerk.  Said fees are intended to defray the administrative costs connected with the processing/conducting of the listed item; they do not constitute a tax or other revenue-raising device.


          Procedure                                                     Fee


Filing preliminary plat                                      $15.00 per lot or a minimum of $300.00

Filing Improvement plans                                $1,500.00 flat fee

Improvements inspection                                 3% of estimated improvement costs

Filing final plat                                                $5.00 per lot

Filing variance request                                                                   $100.00 plus the cost of mailing; public notices, and the court recorder fees

Filing amendment proposal                                                            $100.00 plus the cost of mailing; public notices, and the court recorder fees



          34-4‑7        PENALTIES.

          (A)               Any person who is convicted of a violation of this Code shall be fined not less than Seventy-Five Dollars ($75.00) nor more than Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), plus costs.  Each day that a violation continues shall be considered a separate offense; likewise, in the case of multiple violations, each violation shall be considered a separate offense.

          (B)               Nothing contained in this Section shall prevent the Village from taking any other lawful action that may be necessary to secure compliance with this Code.









          34-5‑1        APPLICABILITY OF ARTICLE.  No land within the corporate limits or extra jurisdictional territory of the Village shall be subdivided or developed except in compliance with the regulations of this Article and the applicable provisions of State law.  (See Ill. Comp. Stats., Chap. 65, Sec. 5/11‑12‑8; Chap. 765, Secs. 205/1 et seq.) No lot in any subdivision shall be conveyed until:

          (A)               the final plat of said subdivision has been approved by the Village Board and recorded in the office of the County Recorder of Deeds; and

          (B)               the portion of said subdivision in which the lot is located has been improved in accordance with the requirements of this Article or until a performance bond or other security has been posted to assure the completion of such improvements.



          34-5‑2        SUITABILITY FOR DEVELOPMENT GENERALLY.  Land that is unsuitable for development due to flooding, poor drainage, rough topography, adverse soil conditions, or other features which will be harmful to the health, safety, and general welfare of the inhabitants of the development and/or its surrounding areas shall not be subdivided or developed unless the subdivider/developer formulates adequate plans/methods to solve the problems caused by the adverse land conditions.



          34-5-3        RESERVATIONS FOR PUBLIC USE.  At the discretion of the Village Board, the developer may be required to reserve for future use or dedicate at the time of platting land for parks, pathways, playgrounds, schools, or other public purposes in locations designated in the Village’s Comprehensive Plan, if any, in accordance with Illinois Compiled Statutes 205/3.  In the event that land is reserved for future public use within a proposed subdivision the land shall be conveyed as commons areas to a homeowner’s association or other entity formed under the Subdivision Covenants.  Said reserved land shall remain under ownership and maintenance of the homeowner’s association or other entity until such time as the Village Board takes action to improve the land for public benefits listed above.  At such time, the reserved land shall be dedicated to the Village in fee simple without compensation.




          34-5‑4        CONFORMITY WITH ZONING.  All lots in a subdivision shall conform to the minimum lot area and dimensions requirements of the zoning district in which said subdivision is located; land that is under water or reserved for street improvements shall not be counted to satisfy these minimum requirements.  Every corner and through lot shall be large enough to permit compliance with the district's front setback requirements on every side of the lot that faces a street.  All lot remnants shall be added to adjacent lots to avoid the creation of parcels that can not be built upon.  All lots shall contain adequate space for required off‑street parking and loading.



          34-5‑5        ACCESS AND RELATIONSHIP TO STREET.  Land shall be subdivided in such a way that each lot abuts a street meeting the requirements of Section 34-5‑7. All side lot lines shall be at right angles to straight street right‑of‑way lines or radial to curved street right‑of‑way lines except where a deviation from this rule will provide a better street and lot design.








          34-5‑6        PLAN INTEGRATION.  All streets shall be properly integrated with the existing and proposed street system indicated in the municipal comprehensive plan, and shall meet the specifications set forth in Table of Street Design Specifications at the end of this Chapter.



          34-5‑7        RIGHT‑OF‑WAY AND PAVEMENT WIDTHS.  Every right‑of‑way established for subdivision purposes is to be separate and distinct from the lots or parcels adjoining such right‑of‑way and not included within the dimensions or areas of such lots or parcels.  All rights‑of‑way shall be dedicated to the public by the developer.

          The minimum pavement widths shall be as noted in the Table of Street Design Specifications at the end of this Chapter.



          34-5‑8        TOPOGRAPHICAL CONSIDERATIONS.  Grades of street shall conform as closely as possible to the natural topography, but shall not exceed the maximum grade nor be less than the minimum grade indicated in the Table of Street Design Specifications at the end of this Chapter.  All streets shall be arranged so that as many as possible of the building sites are at or above street grade.


          34-5‑9        THROUGH TRAFFIC DISCOURAGED.  Marginal access and local streets shall be laid out so as to discourage use by through traffic.  The rigid rectangular gridiron street pattern shall be avoided, and the use of curvilinear streets, cul‑de‑sacs, or U‑shaped streets shall be encouraged to affect a more desirable street layout.



          34-5‑10      LIMITED ACCESS TO ARTERIALS.  Where a development abuts or contains an existing or proposed arterial street, the Plan Commission may recommend to the Village Board that access to said arterial street be limited by one of the following means:

          (A)               by subdividing lots so they back onto the arterial street and front onto a parallel local street (double frontage lots), coupled with the installation of screening in a reserve (access‑restricting) strip along the rear lot lines of such lots;

          (B)               a series of cul‑de‑sacs, U‑shaped streets, or short loops entered from and generally at right angles to the arterial street, with the rear lot lines of the lots at the termini of such streets backing onto the arterial street; or

          (C)               a frontage road separated from the arterial street by a planting strip, but having access thereto at suitable points.



          34-5‑11      DEAD‑END STREETS. 

          (A)               Temporary Stub Streets.  Streets shall be so arranged to provide for the continuation of principal streets between adjacent properties when such continuation is necessary for convenient movement of traffic, effective fire and police protection, and efficient provision of utilities, and where such continuation comports with the Village's Official Map.  If the adjacent property is undeveloped and the street must dead‑end temporarily, the right‑of‑way shall be extended to the property line, and no strip that would prevent connections with future streets shall be reserved.  A temporary turnabout shall be provided at the terminus of any temporary dead‑end street, if required by the Village.

          (B)               Permanent Dead‑End Streets.  For greater convenience to traffic and more effective police and fire protection, permanent dead‑end streets shall be limited to five hundred (500) feet in length.

          The terminus of a permanent dead‑end street shall not be closer than fifty (50) feet to the boundary of an adjacent tract.  A cul‑de‑sac turnaround, having a minimum right‑of‑way radius of fifty (50) feet and a minimum pavement radius of forty‑two (42) feet, shall be provided at the end of every permanent dead‑end street.



          34-5‑12      INTERSECTIONS.

          (A)               Only Two Streets.  Not more than two (2) streets shall intersect at any one point.

          (B)               Right Angles.  Streets shall be laid out so as to intersect as nearly as possible at right angles; in no case shall two (2) streets intersect at an angle of less than seventy‑five (75) degrees.  An oblique street shall be curved approaching an
intersection and shall be approximately at right angles with said intersection for at least one hundred (100) feet therefrom.

          (C)               Proper Alignment.  Proposed new intersections along one side of an existing street shall, whenever practicable, coincide with any existing intersections on the opposite side of such street.  Street jogs with centerline offsets of less than one hundred twenty‑five (125) feet shall not be permitted, except where the intersected street has divided lanes without median breaks at either intersection.  Intersections involving collector or arterial streets shall be at least eight hundred (800) feet apart.

          (D)               Curb Radii.  To permit safe vehicular movements at corners, the minimum curb radius at the intersection of two streets shall be twenty-five (25) feet from back of curb.

          (E)                Flat Grade.  Intersections shall be designed with a flat grade wherever practical.  In hilly terrain, an area having not greater than a three percent (3%) slope for a distance of fifty (50) feet from the nearest right‑of‑way line of the intersecting street shall be provided at the approach to an intersection.

          (F)                Slope.  Pavement slopes shall be a minimum of four-tenths of a percent (0.4%) and a maximum of eight percent (8%).  There shall be a three (3) inch minimum crown in all pavements.

          (G)               Adequate Sight‑Lines.  Where any street intersection will involve earth banks or existing vegetation, there must be adequate site lines and distances for the traveling public, both vehicular and pedestrian.



          34-5‑13      CURVES.

          (A)               A tangent at least one hundred (100) feet long shall be introduced between reverse curves on local and collector streets.

          (B)               Horizontal curves in streets shall be permitted provided no curve shall be greater than that approved by the Village Engineer as reasonably safe for traffic and the particular location of the curve.



          34-5‑14      IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING STREETS.  Whenever any development abuts an existing street that is narrower than the standards indicated in the Table of Street Design Specifications, the subdivider shall dedicate sufficient right‑of‑way on the side abutting the development to permit compliance with those standards.  The developer shall improve said street to the standards imposed at Section 34-5‑20 et seq., and pay one‑half the cost of said improvements.



          34-5‑15      WHEN EXCESS RIGHT‑OF‑WAY REQUIRED.  Right‑of‑way width in excess of the standards set forth in the Table of Street Design Specifications shall be required where:

          (A)               due to topography, additional width is necessary to provide adequate earth slopes; or


          (B)               due to the location of railroad tracks, additional width is needed to construct overpasses, underpasses, and approaches thereto.



          34-5-16      STREET JOGS.  Street jogs with centerline offsets of less than one hundred twenty-five (125) feet shall not be permitted if the same can be reasonably avoided.



          34-5-17  -  34-5-18       RESERVED.








          34-5‑19      DEVELOPER’S EXPENSE.  All streets and alleys shall be improved solely at the expense of the developer in accordance with the requirements set forth herein.  All streets shall be graded as hereinafter provided:

          (A)               All new streets, which are created and dedicated for use within a subdivision shall be graded, drained and surfaced in accordance with the minimum requirements hereinbelow set forth and in a manner which will provide complete and adequate drainage of all the streets, alleys, and public grounds which may be necessary in order to provide adequate and satisfactory drainage along the side of any existing public street which lies adjacent to the subdivision.

          In general, all such new streets within the subdivision and all work to be undertaken thereon shall be designed and constructed according to IDOT Roads and Bridges Standard Specifications as the same are in effect at the time the Preliminary Plat and plans for such improvement work are submitted for approval.

          (B)               Grading Roadway and Side Slopes.  The roadway shall be considered to be that part of the improvement which lies between the right-of-way lines.

          (C)               Street Construction Standards.

(1)      Portland Cement Concrete Pavement.

(a)      Design thickness shall be:

(i)       Residential.  Seven (7) inch non-reinforced with sawed contraction joints at a maximum of fifteen (15) foot intervals (and other joints per detail).

(ii)      Commercial and Industrial.  Minimum thickness seven (7) inches; pavement designs and thickness in excess of minimum shall be established utilizing the current Illinois
Department of Transportation Design Standards for the particular situation and as approved by the Village Engineer.

(b)      Longitudinal construction joints shall be tied with #4 deformed tie bars, thirty (30) inches long at thirty (30) inch intervals.

(c)      Concrete Requirements.

(i)       The concrete shall have a minimum compressive strength of not less than three thousand five hundred (3,500) pounds per square inch or a minimum modulus of rupture of not less than six hundred fifty (650) pounds per square inch at an age of fourteen (14) days.

(ii)      Have a workable slump approved by the Village Engineer, but in no instances greater than four (4) inches;

(iii)     Mix shall be submitted to the Village Engineer for approval prior to beginning concrete construction operations; test data must accompany the mix proportions to verify the strength of the proposed mix.

(iv)     Be field tested for strength by the Engineer or independent testing laboratory during construction by taking beam or cylinder specimens at a minimum rate of two (2) per five hundred (500) feet per land or two (2) per day, whichever is greater.

(v)      Be cured by standard procedures, as approved by the Village Engineer.

(vi)     Be finished with a finishing machine approved by the Village Engineer; the machine shall be self-propelled, capable of striking off, consolidating and finishing the concrete of the consistency required to the proper crown and grade, or other method approved by the Village Engineer.

(vii)    Be air entrained (four to seven percent) and field tested to verify this air entrainment.

(d)      The subgrade shall meet the requirements set forth in this Code.

(2)      Hot-Mix Pavement.

(a)      Design thickness shall be:

(i)       Residential.  Three (3) inch hot-mix asphalt surface course and four and one-half (4 ½)
hot-mix asphalt base course.  Other pavement designs may be submitted for approval by the Village Engineer with the proper documentation as outlined in the Illinois Department of Transportation Design Standards.

(ii)      Commercial and Industrial.  Design criteria for the pavement design and thickness in excess of the residential requirements shall be established using the current Illinois Department of Transportation Design Standards for the particular situation and as approved by the Village Engineer.

(b)      If upon approval of a different pavement design aggregate base course is used, it shall be aggregate base course Type “B” from section 402 of the current Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, Illinois Department of Transportation.  The guidelines as set forth in Sections 402 and 403 of the above mentioned standards shall be followed.  Base course thickness shall be as set forth in the approved pavement design and shall be treated with a bituminous prime coat prior to the application of hot-mix asphalt surface course.

(c)      The subgrade shall be prepared so that after compacting it will conform to the alignment, grade and cross section shown on the approved plans.  Soft and unstable material that will not compact shall be removed and replaced with material approved by the Village Engineer.  The entire subgrade shall be compacted to not less than ninety-five percent (95%) of the standard laboratory density.

(d)      The hot-mix asphalt surface course, hot-mix asphalt base course and hot-mix asphalt binder courses shall meet the requirements of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

          (D)               Alleys.  Alleys where permitted or required, shall be constructed as specified for local streets.

          (E)                Utility Lines.  Underground utilities in streets or rights-of-way or in easements shall be installed prior to the construction of such streets and/or alleys.  Wherever possible, utilities will be placed in rear lot easements with street placement permitted in only the most unusual circumstances.


          34-5‑20      CURB AND GUTTER.

          (A)               All streets, except alleys shall be constructed with Type A or B Portland cement concrete curb and gutter and/or V-type gutter in accordance with the dimensions and specifications shown.

          (B)               The concrete curb and gutter shall be constructed separate or integral, by hand or machine, as approved by the Village Engineer.

          (C)               The concrete curb and gutter shall satisfy the requirements of Section 616 of the Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, Illinois Department of Transportation or as approved by the Village Engineer.



          34-5-21      EARTH SUBBASE.  The earth subbase shall be compacted to not less than ninety-five percent (95%) of the standard laboratory density and shall extend across the entire width of the roadway.  Soil analysis shall be performed to determine the standard laboratory density in accordance with Article 207.05 of the current edition of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s “Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction”.  The results of the soil analysis shall be filed with the Village Engineer and compaction testing of the earth subbase shall be required in the areas of both driving lanes at a minimum sampling rate of one (1) test per lane per five hundred (500) lineal feet of roadway length.  All tests required shall be run by the subdivider’s authorized agent and the results, along with the certification of the subdivider’s Engineer, shall be filed with the Village Engineer.



          34-5‑22      MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITY.  Subsequent to completion of street construction by the subdivider, the Village Engineer shall make a final inspection of all streets to ascertain the acceptability of structural condition, earth slopes, drainage structures, etc.  If said inspection indicates no deficient items, the Village shall take formal action to accept the completed streets for maintenance based upon the Engineer's recommendation.

          Should any item need correction or repair, the subdivider will be notified in writing of each deficiency.  No street(s) shall be accepted in a subdivision until all streets comply with the Village's requirements to the satisfaction of the Village Engineer.  In addition, the developer shall be required to provide a guarantee in the form of a Surety Bond in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the approved construction cost estimate for a period of two (2) years.



          34-5-23      RESERVED.




          34-5‑24      BLOCK WIDTH.  Blocks shall be sufficiently wide to accommodate two (2) tiers of lots having the minimum depth required by the zoning district regulations; provided, that this requirement may be waived in blocks adjacent to local collector or collector streets, railroads, or watercourses.



          34-5-25      BLOCK LENGTH.  No block shall be longer than one thousand two hundred (1,200) feet nor shorter than five hundred (500) feet.  Wherever practicable, blocks along collector streets shall not be less than one thousand (1,000) feet in length.



          34-5-26      CROSSWALKS.  Crosswalks, not less than ten (10) feet wide, may be required through the center of blocks more than one thousand (1,000) feet long where necessary to provide circulation or access to schools, playgrounds, shopping centers, transportation, or other community facilities.



          34-5-27      RESERVED.








          34-5-28      SIDEWALKS.  Sidewalks shall be required:

          (A)               on at least one (1) side of a local street, when residential density is two (2) or more dwelling units per net acre; and

          (B)               along collector streets, near schools, and in shopping areas and similar public places.

          These requirements shall not be waived unless the Planning Commission advises the Village Board that, in the area in question, sidewalks are not needed to ensure public safety, and/or that topographical conditions make the installation of sidewalks impractical.

          Public crosswalks shall be located within the ten (10) foot easement as directed by the Village Engineer.  This location shall be dependent upon the location of proposed utilities within the same easement.

          All sidewalks constructed within the Municipality shall meet IDOT standards, policies and specifications, and shall meet all ADA requirements.



          (A)               Relationship to Curb.  The outside edge of every sidewalk shall be located twelve (12) inches inside right-of-way if possible.

          (B)               Width.  Residential sidewalks shall be at least four (4) feet wide.  Non‑residential sidewalks shall be at least five (5) feet wide.

          (C)               Thickness of Concrete.  All sidewalks shall be constructed of concrete at least four (4) inches thick, except that across driveways the thickness shall be increased to six (6) inches and/or number six (6) reinforcing mesh shall be used.

          (D)               Slope.  No sidewalk shall be constructed at a slope steeper than ten percent (10%).

          (E)                Subgrade.  All sidewalks shall be laid on a sand bed a minimum of two (2) inches in depth.

          (F)                Pre-molded expansion joints (three-fourths inch thickness) shall be placed at forty-eight (48) foot intervals and at all curb intersections or intersections with other permanent structures.

          (G)               All sidewalks shall be hand-grooved at four (4) foot intervals, and edged with edging tool.

          (H)               Ramps at Intersections.  Curbs shall be cut and sidewalks shall be ramped at all intersections so as to enhance the mobility of handicapped individuals.

          (I)                All sidewalks shall be concrete and the concrete shall conform to Section 34-5-19(C)(1)(c) of these standards except:

(1)      A minimum compressive strength shall be three thousand (3,000) PSI in fourteen (14) days;

(2)      Be field tested as stated, at the rate of two (2) specimens per one thousand two hundred (1,200) lineal feet or per day, whichever is greater;

(3)      Be hand finished or machine finished in accordance with Section 624.07 of the Standard Specifications.



          34-5-30      RESERVED.






          34-5‑31      INTERSECTION LIGHTING.  Streetlights shall be provided at each intersection of streets (or alleys) within a subdivision and at each cul‑de‑sac, but in no event shall there be less than one streetlight per four hundred (400) feet (or portion thereof) of street frontage between intersections, or between a street intersection and the terminus of a dead‑end street.  Additionally, in multi‑family dwelling subdivisions, lighting shall be provided within parking areas at a minimum rate of one light per twenty‑five (25) parking spaces or any fraction thereof.


          34-5‑32      STREETLIGHT SYSTEM STANDARDS.  The design and installation of the streetlight system in every subdivision shall be reviewed by the Administrator and the appropriate electric utility company.

          The lighting intensity of each streetlight shall be equivalent, at a minimum, to a 175 watt lamp or 6800 mercury luminary lamp.  Each streetlight standard (post) shall be at least sixteen (16) feet high.



          34-5-33      RESERVED.






          34-5‑34      STREET SIGN SPECIFICATIONS.  Street name signs of the size, height, and type approved by Administrator shall be supplied and placed by the developer at all intersections within or abutting any subdivision.  Street names shall be sufficiently different in sound and spelling from other street names in this Municipality so as to avoid confusion.  The Village Clerk shall maintain a list of existing street names for reference.  A street which is planned as a continuation of an existing street shall bear the same name.



          34-5-35      STOP SIGNS.  Stop signs shall be provided by the developer.  The Administrator shall specify the design and the location of the signs.  He shall inspect the final installation.








          34-5‑36      UTILITY LOCATION AND EASEMENTS REQUIRED.  All utility lines shall be located underground throughout the subdivision, in such a manner that the various service lines can be logically extended to adjacent areas and that such underground services do not adversely affect one another.  Generally, gas, electric, telephone and CATV utility lines shall be buried a minimum of one (1) foot below the finished grade, while water and sewer utility lines shall be a minimum of three (3) feet. In addition, any support equipment required to be above ground (e.g., transformer boxes, vaults, etc.) shall be located in a safe and sightly manner.  No utility line shall be placed such that it runs parallel within the area bordered by vertical planes located one (1) foot inside and outside the curb and gutter lines.


          Underground service connections to the property line of each platted lot shall be installed at the subdivider’s expense; provided that, on the recommendation of the Plan Commission, the requirement for service connections to each lot may be waived in the case of adjoining lots to be retained in single ownership.



          34-5‑37      UTILITY EASEMENTS.  Utility easements, not less than twenty (20) feet wide for sanitary sewers and water mains and not less than fifteen (15) feet wide for gas, electric, telephone, and cable television, shall be provided where necessary. Normally, in the case of abutting lots, an equal amount should be taken from each lot.  Property owners may (at their own risk) plant shrubbery or hedges or install fences on the easement areas.  Utilities (private and public), however, in order to have access for repair shall have the election to destroy said improvements and restore the area only by grading and seeding, or to have alternate access through the owner's property.



          34-5‑38      MAINTENANCE EASEMENTS.  Maintenance easements of not less than five (5) feet in width shall be provided along all rear and side lot lines.



          34-5-39      EXCAVATION BACKFILL.  The trench width for installation of all water and sewer lines shall be a maximum of one and one-half (1.5) foot greater than the outside diameter of the pipe being placed.  Pipe shall be placed on bedding material of select material free of stones, frozen clods, or other materials likely to cause damage to the pipe material.  The initial lift of backfill shall be select material free of stones, frozen clods, or other materials likely to cause damage to the pipe, placed such that uniform support of the pipe haunches is obtained and to a depth of one-half diameter of the pipe. The next lift of backfill material shall again be select material free of stones, frozen clods, or other materials likely to cause damage to the pipe, placed for a minimum compacted depth of six (6) inches above the top of the pipe.  The remaining backfill shall be placed in compacted layers of approximately six (6) inch lifts.

          Water or sewer lines which fall within the area bounded by an imaginary vertical plane located two (2) feet outside the curb and gutter lines, shall be backfilled with trench backfill as specified in Illinois Department of Transportation Section 208.  Water and sewer lines consisting of non-ferrous pipe materials shall require placing detector wires or tape such that the location of the line may be found using available metal detecting equipment.



          34-5-40      RESERVED.




          34-5‑41      POTABLE WATER REQUIRED.  An adequate supply of potable water shall be provided to every platted lot in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health regulations and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations.  If the public water system is reasonably accessible, each lot shall be properly connected thereto at the property line.  All water distribution lines shall be at least six (6) inches in diameter and shall conform to the latest edition of Standard Specifications for Water and Sewer Construction in Illinois and in accordance with all Village administrative regulations.

          The developer shall provide at his expense a minimum of one (1) water main tap per lot and shall be responsible for having a curb box installed in accordance with Village administrative regulations.

          Where public water supply facilities are available, private water wells shall not be installed.  Backflow prevention devices shall be provided on public water supply services on properties where an existing well is already located.

          Valves shall be located so that no more than eight hundred (800) feet of water main shall be put out of service at any one time.



          34-5-42      FIRE HYDRANTS.  Fire hydrants of the type approved by the Village Fire Chief and the Fire Protection District (where applicable) shall be installed in every subdivision as part of the water distribution system.  Unless otherwise stated, fire hydrants shall have at least a five (5) inch barrel, be equipped with two (2) connections for two and one-half (2.5) inch hose and one (1) four (4) inch pumper connection, and have a separate shutoff valve and box of at least six (6) inches in nominal size.  In general, said fire hydrants shall be installed throughout the subdivision so that no residence shall be greater than four hundred (400) feet from a fire hydrant. This distance being measured from the center line of the street right-of-way to the residence.  Commercial and industrial areas shall have four hundred (400) foot spacing for fire hydrants.



34-5-43      RESERVED.



          34-5‑44       COMPLIANCE WITH REGULATIONS.  All proposed sanitary sewer facilities shall comply with the regulations of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and shall be approved by the Village Board.  All water and sewer lines shall be constructed as per Standard Specifications for Water and Sewers Mains, State of Illinois, latest edition, or as amended.


          34-5‑45       WHEN PUBLIC SYSTEM AVAILABLE.  Whenever the public sanitary sewerage system is reasonably accessible, the developer shall extend said system throughout the subdivision, and shall provide each lot with a connection thereto.

          Systems requiring the installation of a lift station must be furnished with a station meeting the approval of the Village.  Occasionally the Village may require the subdivider to install a system with a capacity greater than the needs of the individual subdivision.  In these instances the Village may participate in the additional costs involved with increasing the capacity of the system.


          34-5‑46       ALTERNATE METHODS OF DISPOSAL.  In the event it is not possible, or feasible, for the subdivider to extend the public sewer system into the proposed subdivision, for whatever reason, the subdivider has the right to petition the Village to install an alternative method of sewage disposal.  Any such petition shall be considered on an individual basis with each case standing on its own merit.  No subdivision shall be approved without the Village’s approval of the method of sewage disposal:

          (A)                Private Central Sewage Systems.  Upon specific approval of the Village Board, the subdivider may install a private central sewage system.  The Village shall reserve the right to review and approve/reject the detailed plans for such a system.  Approval of the plans by the Village shall in no way be construed as acceptance of the design or operation or maintenance responsibility for said installation.  Such installation shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  The subdivider shall assume perpetual operational and maintenance responsibilities for such installation unless arrangements to the contrary are provided for in a formal written agreement between home owners and the subdivider.  Failure of the subdivider to discharge his operational/maintenance responsibilities may result in a fine of Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00) per day for each day a deficiency exists and shall apply to the subdivider, his heirs, successors, or assigns.

          (B)                Individual Disposal Systems.  Upon written approval of the Village Board, the subdivider may install individual sewage disposal systems providing the lot size is in excess of fifty thousand (50,000) square feet.  If such installations are permitted, they shall be designed and installed in accordance with the applicable provisions of the requirements and regulations of the “Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act and Code” of the Illinois Department of Public Health or the County Health Department regulations whichever are stricter.


          34-5-47  -  34-5-49         RESERVED.


(See Chapter 32 for the Stormwater Code and Chapter 40 for the Zoning Code.)