City of Harrisburg, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 23-1990. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 7-505.1 Sketch plans.

The scale and sheet size of sketch plans is the same as required for preliminary plans in § 7-505.3A and D. The sketch plan shall show or be accompanied by the following data, legible in every detail and drawn to scale, but not necessarily containing precise dimensions:
A. 
Name and address of the developer (if applicable) and landowner.
B. 
Name of the individual and/or the firm that prepared the plan.
C. 
Location map with sufficient information to enable the Commission to locate the property.
D. 
North arrow.
E. 
Written and graphic scales.
F. 
Existing tract boundaries accurately labeled with the name(s) of adjacent landowner(s) and adjacent plan(s) of record.
G. 
The location of any municipal boundary line(s) if located within the vicinity of the tract.
H. 
Significant topographical and man-made features (e.g., bodies of water, quarries, floodplains, tree masses, structures).
I. 
Proposed street, parking, building, and lot layout.
J. 
Proposed land use; if several land uses are proposed, the location of each land use shall be indicated.

§ 7-505.2 Preliminary plans.

Preliminary subdivision plans shall be prepared by an engineer or a surveyor, and preliminary land development plans shall be prepared by an engineer, a surveyor or a landscape architect. The preliminary plan shall show, be accompanied by, or be prepared in accordance with the following sections.

§ 7-505.3 Drafting standards.

A. 
The plan shall be clearly and legibly drawn at a scale of 30 feet to the inch.
B. 
Dimensions shall be in feet and decimals; bearings shall be in degrees, minutes and seconds. Lot line descriptions shall read in a clockwise direction.
C. 
The survey shall not have an area of closure greater than one foot in 10,000 feet.
D. 
The sheet size shall be 24 inches by 36 inches. If the plan is prepared in two or more sections, a key map showing the location of the sections shall be placed on each sheet. If more than one sheet is necessary, each sheet shall be the same size and numbered to show the relationship to the total number of sheets in the plan (e.g., Sheet 1 of 5).
E. 
Plans shall be legible in every detail.

§ 7-505.4 Location and identification.

A plan shall contain the following information:
A. 
The proposed project name or identifying title.
B. 
The location of any municipal boundary line, if the tract of land abuts an adjacent municipality.
C. 
The name and address of the owner of the tract (or his authorized agent), the developer/subdivider, and the firm that prepared the plans.
D. 
The file or project number assigned by the firm that prepared the plan, the plan date, and the date(s) of all plan revisions.
E. 
A North arrow, a graphic scale, and a written scale.
F. 
The entire existing tract boundary with bearings and distances. (If a landowner is going to retain a single lot with a lot area in excess of 10 acres, the boundary of that lot may be identified as a deed plotting and may be drawn at any legible scale; if the retained lot has a lot area of 10 or less acres, it must be described to the accuracy requirements of this chapter.)
G. 
The total acreage of the entire existing tract.
H. 
The zoning district and lot size and/or density requirements.
I. 
The location of existing lot line markers along the perimeter of the entire existing tract.
J. 
A location map, drawn to scale, relating the subdivision to at least two intersections of road center lines, including the approximate distance to the intersection of the center lines of the nearest improved street intersection.
K. 
Property address(es) of the subdivision or land development as assigned by the City's Registrar of Real Estate.

§ 7-505.5 Existing features.

Each plan will also show:
A. 
Existing contours at a minimum vertical interval of two feet for land with average natural slope of 4% or less and at a minimum vertical interval of five feet for more steeply sloping land.
B. 
The names of all immediately adjacent landowners and the names and plan book record numbers of all previously recorded plans for adjacent projects.
C. 
The following items when located within 50 feet of the subject tract:
(1) 
The location and name of existing rights-of-way and cartways for streets, access drives, driveways, and service streets.
(2) 
The location of the following features and any related rights-of-way: sanitary sewer mains, water supply mains, fire hydrants, buildings, and stormwater management facilities.
(3) 
The location of existing rights-of-way for electric, gas, and oil transmission lines and railroads.
(4) 
The size, capacity and condition of the existing stormwater management system and any other facility that may be used to convey storm flow from the subject tract.
D. 
The following items when located within the subject tract:
(1) 
The location, name, and dimensions of existing rights-of-way and cartways for streets, access drives, driveways and service streets.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
(2) 
The location and size of the following features and any related rights-of-way: sanitary sewer mains, water supply mains, fire hydrants, buildings and stormwater management facilities.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
(3) 
The location of existing rights-of-way for electric, gas, and oil transmission lines and railroads.
(4) 
The size, capacity, and condition of the existing stormwater management system and any other facility that may be used to convey storm flows.
E. 
When located within 50 feet of the subject tract or upon the site proposed for development, significant environmental or topographic features such as floodplains, quarry sites, solid waste disposal areas, historic structures, cemetery or burial sites, archaeological sites or highly erosive soils.

§ 7-505.6 Plan information.

Plans shall further disclose:
A. 
The layout of streets, alleys, and sidewalks, including cartway and right-of-way widths.
B. 
The layout of lots, with dimensions.
C. 
Block and lot numbers in consecutive order (e.g., Block A, Lots 1 through 10; Block B, Lots 11 through 22).
D. 
In the case of land developments, the location and configuration of proposed buildings, parking compounds, streets, access drives, driveways, and all other significant planned facilities.
E. 
Total number of lots, units of occupancy, density, and proposed land use (if a multiple land use is proposed, an indication of the location of each land use).
F. 
Easements; rights-of-way.
G. 
Building setback lines with distances from front, rear and side yard property lines.
H. 
Identification of buildings to be demolished.
I. 
Typical street cross section of each proposed street and typical cross section for any existing street which will be improved as part of the application. Each cross section shall include the entire right-of-way width.
J. 
Street center-line profiles for each proposed street shown on the preliminary plan.
K. 
The preliminary design of the utility plan, which shall include the size, material, and vertical and horizontal locations of the sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water mains:
(1) 
This information may be provided on a sheet with other data or on separate sheets. In the case of any dispute in methodology used in the design of any stormwater management plan and/or in the presentation of such information, the City Engineer shall make the final determination.
(2) 
All calculations, assumptions, criteria, and references used in the design of the stormwater management facilities, the establishment of existing facilities' capacities and the pre- and post-development discharges.
(3) 
All plans and profiles of the proposed stormwater management facilities, including the horizontal and vertical location, size and type of material.
(4) 
For all basins, a plotting or tabulation of the storage volumes and discharge curves with corresponding water surface elevations, inflow hydrographs, and outflow hydrographs.
(5) 
The guidelines for lot grading within the subdivision. This information shall identify the direction of stormwater runoff flow within each lot and the areas where stormwater runoff flows will be concentrated. This information shall be shown by topographical data.
(6) 
Soil characteristics report and information on erosion and sediment control from the Dauphin County Soil and Water Conservation District, through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
L. 
A statement on the plan indicating that all zoning approvals have been obtained.
M. 
A statement on the plan indicating any existing or proposed waivers granted by City Council.
N. 
Proposed street names.

§ 7-505.7 Certificates, notifications and reports.

A. 
Where the preliminary plan covers only a part of the entire landholdings, a sketch of the future street system of the unsubmitted part shall be furnished. The street system of the submitted part will be considered in light of adjustments and connections with future streets in the part not submitted.
B. 
Where the land included in the subject application has an electric transmission line, a gas pipeline or a petroleum or petroleum projects transmission line located within the tract, the application shall be accompanied by a letter from the owner or lessee of such right-of-way stating any conditions on the use of the land and the minimum building setback and/or right-of-way lines. This requirement may also be satisfied by submitting a copy of the recorded agreement.
C. 
Land development plans shall include drawings of the proposed development showing:
(1) 
Elevations of all visible sides, including facade materials.
(2) 
The location and floor area of all existing and proposed buildings, structures, units and other improvements, including maximum height, types of units and uses.
(3) 
Details of significant architectural features.
(4) 
A general landscape plan indicating the treatment and materials used for private and common open space, including the proposed treatment of the perimeter and elevation drawings highlighting the landscaping.
(5) 
A vehicular and pedestrian circulation plan, including off-street parking areas, service areas, waiting areas and major points of access of the public right-of-way.
(6) 
Lighting, screening, drainage and dimensions of all off-street parking areas.
D. 
Traffic impact study, if required by the City Engineer, in accordance with Chapter 7-513 of this code.
E. 
The following certifications should appear on the plan:
(1) 
Certification, signature and seal of the engineer, surveyor or landscape architect to the effect that the plans are accurate (see Appendix No. 1).[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Appendix Nos. 1, 2 and 3 are on file at the Department of Building and Housing Development.
(2) 
Signature block as it will appear on the final plan, including space for the owner, the City Engineer, the Dauphin County Planning Commission, the Harrisburg Planning Commission and the Harrisburg City Council (see Appendix Nos. 2A to 2C, 3A and 3B).
F. 
In the case of a preliminary plan calling for the installation of improvements beyond a two-year period, a schedule shall be submitted delineating the timing of all improvements to be approved as part of the final plan. No schedule shall exceed five years. If the schedule is not adhered to by the developer, a continuation of the development.

§ 7-505.8 Additional information for condominium projects.

Condominium plans shall contain the following additional information:
A. 
An expression of intent to submit the property to the provisions of the Uniform Condominium Act, Act of July 2, 1980, P.L. 286, as amended, 68 Pa.C.S.A. § 3101 et seq., or other applicable laws of the commonwealth.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
B. 
A description of the common elements, with an allocation of the proportionate undivided interest, expressed as a percentage, assigned to each unit.
C. 
A statement of the proposed use for each unit and restrictions on use, if any.
D. 
Floor plans for all buildings.

§ 7-505.9 Filing fee.

The preliminary plan shall be accompanied by:
A. 
A check or money order drawn to the City of Harrisburg in an amount specified on the fee schedule adopted by resolution of the City Council and available at the Bureau of Planning.
B. 
A second check or money order drawn to the Dauphin County Planning Commission as specified by the schedule maintained in the Bureau of Planning.

§ 7-505.10 Final plans.

Final subdivision plans shall be prepared by an engineer or a surveyor, and final land development plans shall be prepared by an engineer, a surveyor, or a landscape architect. The final plan shall show, be accompanied by, or be prepared in accordance with the following:
A. 
The same drafting standards shall be required for a final plan as specified for a preliminary plan in § 7-505.3 of this chapter.
B. 
The same location and identification standards shall be required for a final plan as specified for a preliminary plan in § 7-505.4 of this chapter.
C. 
Existing contours for a preliminary/final plan or the contours identified with the preliminary plan if altered shall be shown. Such contours shall show elevations at a minimum vertical interval of two feet for land with average natural slope of 4% or less and at a minimum vertical interval of five feet for more steeply sloping land. Contours shall be accompanied by the location of the bench mark and a notation indicating the datum used. City datum or United States Geological Survey (USGS) datum must be used for establishing elevations. This information may be provided on separate sheets and is not subject to recording with the final plan.
D. 
The names of all immediately adjacent landowners and the names and plan book record numbers of all previously recorded plans for adjacent projects shall be contained therein.
E. 
The location of wetlands, unbuildable portions of the site, historic structures or other significant features shall be shown.
F. 
The following items when located within 50 feet of the subject tract shall be indicated:
(1) 
The approximate location and name of existing right-of-way and cartways for streets, access drives and service streets.
(2) 
The approximate location of the following features and any related rights-of-way: sanitary sewer mains, water supply mains, fire hydrants, and stormwater management facilities which affect the stormwater runoff on the subject tract.
(3) 
The size, capacity, and condition of the existing stormwater management system and any other facility that may be used to convey storm flows from the subject tract.
(4) 
The location of wetlands, unbuildable portions of the site, historic structures or other significant features.
G. 
The following items when located within the subject tract shall be identified:
(1) 
The location, name, and dimensions of existing rights-of-way and cartways for streets, access drives, driveways and service streets.
(2) 
The location and size of the following features and any related rights-of-way: sanitary sewer mains, water supply mains, fire hydrants, buildings and stormwater management facilities. This information may be provided on separate sheets and need not be recorded with the final plan.
(3) 
The location of existing rights-of-way for electric, gas and oil transmission lines and railroads.
(4) 
The size, capacity, and condition of the existing stormwater management system and any other facility that may be used to convey storm flows.
H. 
The final plan shall contain the following:
(1) 
Complete description of the center line and the right-of-way line for all new streets. This description shall include distances and bearings with curve segments comprised of radius, tangent, arc, and chord.
(2) 
Lot lines, with accurate bearings and distances, and lot areas for all parcels. Curbs segments shall be comprised of arc, chord, bearing and distance. Along existing street rights-of-way, the description may utilize the existing deed lines or road center lines; along all proposed street rights-of-way, the description shall be prepared to the right-of-way lines.
(3) 
Block and lot numbers in consecutive order (e.g., Block A, Lots 1 through 10; Block B, Lots 11 through 22).
(4) 
In the case of land development plans, the locations and configuration of proposed buildings, parking compounds, streets, access drives, driveways, and all other significant facilities.
(5) 
Total number of lots, units of occupancy, density and proposed land use (if a multiple land use is proposed, an indication of the location of each land use).
(6) 
Easements; rights-of-way.
(7) 
Building setback lines, with distances from front, rear and side yard property lines.
(8) 
Identification of buildings to be demolished.
(9) 
Typical street cross section for each proposed street and typical cross section for any existing street which will be improved as part of the application. Each cross section shall include the entire right-of-way width.
(10) 
Street center-line profile for each proposed street shown on the final plan.
(11) 
Utility plan.
(a) 
The final design of the utility plan, which shall include the size, material, and vertical and horizontal locations of the sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water mains, as follows:
[1] 
All calculations, assumptions, criteria, and references used in the design of the stormwater management facilities, the establishment of existing facilities' capacities and the pre- and post-development discharges.
[2] 
All plans and profiles of the proposed stormwater management facilities, including the horizontal and vertical location, size and type of material.
[3] 
For all basins, a plotting or tabulation of the storage volumes and discharge curves with corresponding water surface elevations, inflow hydrographs and outflow hydrographs.
[4] 
The guidelines for lot grading within the subdivision. This information shall identify the direction of stormwater runoff flow within each lot and the areas where stormwater runoff flows will be concentrated. This information shall be shown by topographical data.
[5] 
Soil characteristics report and information on erosion and sediment control from the Dauphin County Soil and Water Conservation District through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
(b) 
This information may be provided on a sheet with other data or on separate sheets. In the case of any dispute in methodology used in the design of any stormwater management plan and/or in the presentation of such information, the City Engineer shall make the final determination.
(12) 
A statement on the plan indicating that all zoning approvals have been obtained.
(13) 
A statement on the plan indicating any existing or proposed waivers granted by City Council.
(14) 
Final street names.
(15) 
Source of title to the land included within the subject application, as shown by the books of the Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds.
(16) 
Location and material of all permanent monuments and lot line markers, including a note that all monuments and lot line markers are set or indicating when they will be set.
(17) 
In the case of land development plans, a grading plan. The grading plan shall include finished grades and ground-floor elevations. This information may be provided on separate sheets and is not subject to recording with the final plan.
(18) 
Identification of any lands to be dedicated or reserved for public, semipublic, or community use.
I. 
The following certificates, notifications and reports shall be attached to the final plan:
(1) 
When applicable, notification from the Department of Environmental Protection that either approval of the sewer facility plan revision (plan revision modular for land development) or supplement has been granted or that such approval is not required.
(2) 
Where the land included in the subject application has an electric transmission line, a gas pipeline or a petroleum product transmission line located within the tract, the application shall be accompanied by a letter from the owner or lessee of such right-of-way stating any conditions on the use of the land and the minimum building setback and/or right-of-way lines. This requirement may also be satisfied by submitting a copy of the recorded agreement.
(3) 
Notice from the Postmaster of the United States Postal Service district in which the tract is located stating that the proposed street names are acceptable.
(4) 
Land development plans shall include drawings of the proposed development showing:
(a) 
Elevations of all visible sides, including facade materials.
(b) 
The location and floor area of all existing and proposed buildings, structures, units and other improvements, including maximum height, types of units and uses.
(c) 
Details of significant architectural features.
(d) 
A general landscape plan indicating the treatment and materials used for private and common open space, including the proposed treatment of the perimeter and elevation drawings highlighting the landscaping.
(e) 
A vehicular and pedestrian circulation plan, including off-street parking areas, service areas, waiting areas and major points of access of the public right-of-way.
(f) 
Lighting, screening, drainage and dimensions of all off-street parking areas.
(5) 
Traffic impact study, if required by the City Engineer, in accordance with Chapter 7-513 of this code.
(6) 
The following certifications:
(a) 
Certification, signature, and seal of the engineer, surveyor, or landscape architect on the plan to the effect that the plans are accurate (see Appendix No. 1).[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Appendix Nos. 1, 2 and 3 are on file at the Department of Building and Housing Development.
(b) 
A statement, duly acknowledged before an officer authorized to take acknowledgement of deeds and signed by the landowner, to the effect that the subdivision or land development shown on the plan is the act and the deed of the owner, that all those signing are all the owners of the property shown on the plan and that they desire the same to be recorded as such (see Appendix Nos. 2A to 2C). This must be dated following the last change or revision to said plan.
(c) 
Signature block for the City Engineer, the Dauphin County Planning Commission, the Harrisburg City Planning Commission and the Harrisburg City Council (see Appendix Nos. 3A and 3B).
(d) 
Notation space on the plan to accommodate the Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds information of which plan book, volume and page.
(7) 
A note to be placed on the plan indicating any area that is not to be offered for dedication, if applicable.
(8) 
Approval from the City Solicitor of the improvement construction guarantee.
(9) 
The submission of a maintenance agreement when an application proposes to establish a street which is not offered for dedication to public use.
(10) 
In the case of the plan which requires access to a highway under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the inclusion of the following plan note:[3]
A highway occupancy permit is required pursuant to Section 420 of the Act of June 1, 1945 (P.L. 1242, No. 428), known as the "State Highway Law," before driveway access to a state highway is permitted. Access to the state highway shall only be as authorized by a highway occupancy permit, and the City Council's/Planning Commission's approval of this plan in no way implies that such permit can be acquired.
[3]
Editor's Note: For the State Highway Law see 36 P.S. § 670-101 et seq.
(11) 
For all stormwater management facilities that affect an existing watercourse or have an upland drainage area greater than 1/2 square mile, notification from the Department of Environmental Protection of approval or that no approval is required.
J. 
The declaration, declaration plan and code of regulations as required by the the Uniform Condominium Act, Act of July 2, 1980, P.L. 286, as amended, 68 Pa.C.S.A. § 3101 et seq., or other applicable laws of the commonwealth shall be provided for condominium projects. This information may be provided on separate sheets.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
K. 
The final plan shall be accompanied by:
(1) 
A check or money order drawn to the City of Harrisburg in an amount specified on the fee schedule adopted by resolution by the Harrisburg City Council and available at the Bureau of Planning.
(2) 
A second check or money order drawn to the Dauphin County Planning Commission as specified in the schedule maintained in the Bureau of Planning.

§ 7-505.11 Lot add-on plans.

Lot add-on plans shall be prepared by a registered engineer or surveyor and shall include the following information:
A. 
Drafting standards. The same standards shall be required for a lot add-on as specified for a preliminary plan in § 7-505.3 of this chapter.
B. 
Location and identification. The same standards shall be required for a lot add-on as specified for a preliminary plan in § 7-505.4 of this chapter.
C. 
Existing features. The same standards shall be required for a lot add-on plan as specified for a final plan in § 7-505.10C.
D. 
Plan information. The same standards shall be required for a lot add-on plan as specified for a final plan in § 7-505.10D.
E. 
Certificates.
(1) 
Certificate, signature, and seal of the engineer, surveyor, or landscape architect to the effect that the survey and/or plan is correct (see Appendix No. 1).[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Appendix Nos. 1, 2 and 3 are on file at the Department of Building and Housing Development.
(2) 
Signature block for the City Engineer, the Dauphin County Planning Commission, and the Harrisburg City Planning Commission (see Appendix Nos. 3A and 3B).
(3) 
A statement, duly acknowledged before an officer authorized to take acknowledgement of deeds and signed by the landowner, to the effect that the subdivision or land development shown on the plan is the act and the deed of the owner, that all those signing are all the owners of the property shown on the survey and plan, and that they desire the same to be recorded as such (see Appendix Nos. 2A to 2C).
(4) 
Notation space on the plan to accommodate the Dauphin County Recorder of Deeds information of which plan book, volume and page (see Appendix Nos. 3A and 3B).