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.]

§ 7-511.1 Improvements required. [1]

The applicant shall provide all improvements required by these regulations pursuant to the specifications for the improvements contained herein or in the City Engineering Specifications or in Title 9, Public Works, of these Codified Ordinances.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).

§ 7-511.2 Monuments and markers.

A. 
Monuments must be set:
(1) 
At the intersections of all street right-of-way lines;
(2) 
At the intersection of lines forming angles in the boundaries of the subdivision or land development; or
(3) 
At such intermediate points as may be required by the City Engineer.
B. 
Markers must be set:
(1) 
At all corners except those monumented.
(2) 
By the time the property is offered for sale.
C. 
Monuments and markers shall be the following sizes and made of the following materials:
(1) 
Monuments shall be six inches square or four inches in diameter and shall be 36 inches long. Monuments shall be made of concrete or stone or by setting a four-inch cast or steel pipe filled with concrete.
(2) 
Markers shall be 3/4 of an inch in diameter and 36 inches long. Markers shall be made of iron or steel bars.
D. 
Monuments and markers must be placed so that the scored or marked point coincides exactly with the point of intersection of the lines being monumented. They must be set so that the top of the monument or marker is level with the finished grade of the surrounding ground. Monuments must be marked on top with a copper or brass plate or dowel set in the concrete.

§ 7-511.3 Streets and driveways.

A. 
Streets must be surfaced to the grades and dimensions drawn on the plans, profiles, and cross sections submitted by the applicant and approved by the City Engineer. Before paving the street surface, the applicant must install the required utilities and provide, where necessary, adequate stormwater drainage for the street acceptable to the City Engineer. The pavement base and wearing surface must be constructed in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Publication 70 and material specifications in Form 408.
B. 
Driveway entrances or aprons within the street right-of-way shall be surfaced to their full width. The width of access roads or driveways shall be in accordance with the following standards:
(1) 
For multifamily residential, mobile home parks, and all nonresidential developments or subdivisions, access roads shall be no less than 24 feet in width at the street line and shall clearly be defined by the use of curbing.
(2) 
For single-family residential subdivisions, driveways shall be no less than 10 feet in width and no greater than 20 feet in width at the street line.
C. 
Where proposed driveways provide access onto a state highway, the design of such driveway access and drainage shall be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and shall be subject to the approval and issuance of permits by that Department.
D. 
Where a driveway or access road gives access to a municipal street, approval by the City Engineer shall be required and a highway occupancy permit obtained.
E. 
The curb height at driveway entrances may be reduced to a minimum of 1 1/2 inches for driveway entrances along streets where curbs are required. The maximum width of reduced curb height shall be 20 feet for residential driveways and 35 feet for commercial or industrial driveways. Sidewalks across driveway entrances shall be concrete, a minimum of six inches thick, of Class A concrete, six-inch by six-inch ten-gage steel reinforcing mesh laid with a minimum of two inches of cover, on a four-inch bed of Type 2A stone aggregate on compacted or undisturbed soil. These sidewalks shall also be constructed in accordance with the requirements of § 7-511.7 of this chapter.
F. 
Intersection curb cuts shall be provided where sidewalks and curbs are required for handicapped accessibility.

§ 7-511.4 Sewers and water.

A. 
Subdivisions and land developments located in the City shall connect to City water and sewer. Private sewage disposal systems are not permitted in the City.
B. 
Sanitary sewers shall not be combined with stormwater sewers and shall not be constructed to receive effluents from any stormwater collection system.

§ 7-511.5 Surface water management.

A. 
The applicant shall install storm sewers, culverts, and related facilities as necessary to permit the unimpeded flow of the natural watercourse, ensure the drainage of all low points along the line of streets, and collect and convey stormwater runoff along streets at intervals reasonably related to the extent and grade of the area drained.
B. 
Storm drainage facilities must be designed in accordance with Chapter 7-507, Design Standards.
C. 
Where adequate existing storm sewer mains are readily accessible, the subdivider must connect the development's stormwater facilities to these existing storm sewer mains by means of a manhole.
D. 
In the design of storm drainage facilities, consideration must be given to prevent runoff onto adjacent developed properties. In no case may a change be made in the existing topography which would result in increasing any portion of the slope steeper than one foot of vertical measurement for four feet of horizontal measurement for fills or one foot of vertical measurement for four feet of horizontal measurement for cuts within a distance of 20 feet from the property line unless an adequate retaining wall or other structure is provided.
E. 
All slopes must be protected against erosion.
F. 
A street must be designed so as to provide for the discharge of surface water from its right-of-way. The slope of the crown on a street shall be 2% per foot. Adequate facilities must be provided at low points necessary to intercept runoff.
G. 
Storm drainage facilities shall be designed in accordance with the City's Engineering Specifications.

§ 7-511.6 Curbs.

Curbs shall be installed on each side of the street surface in accordance with the following specifications:
A. 
Curbs shall be constructed according to the specifications set forth in Section 630 of the Pennsylvania Department of Highways Specifications, 1987, Form 408, of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, as amended, except that fiber reinforcement shall be added to cement construction IAW manufactures instructions.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: So in original.
B. 
Where vertical curbs are provided, they shall not be less than seven inches wide at the top and eight inches wide at the bottom. The overall depth of the curb shall not be less than 18 inches. Eight inches of curb reveal at the street is required. Curbs must have expansion joints every 20 feet and be placed between abutting material. The curb shall rest on a six-inch crushed stone base or concrete footing at the joints if, in the opinion of the City Engineer, conditions warrant. The City may require that the curb material be of the same material as curbs surrounding the site.
C. 
Curbs shall be set and finished to the lines and grades given on the approved drawings.

§ 7-511.7 Sidewalks.

Sidewalks shall be installed on each side of the street in accordance with the following specifications:
A. 
Sidewalks shall be within the right-of-way of the street.
B. 
Sidewalks must be at least four feet wide. In the vicinity of shopping areas, schools, recreation areas and other such facilities, sidewalks must be at least five feet wide and located within the street right-of-way. However, where located next to an existing sidewalk, the width of the existing sidewalk is to be continued.
C. 
In order to provide for the drainage of surface water, sidewalks shall slope from the right-of-way line toward the curb. Such slope shall be 2% per foot.
D. 
Concrete sidewalks shall have three-fourths-inch expansion joints every 10 feet; the material shall be premolded in conformance with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Form 408, Section 705. Sidewalks must have contraction joints every five feet, or uniformly as approved by the City Engineer. Additionally:
(1) 
Expansion joints are to be placed wherever concrete abuts any other material except soil.
(2) 
Any structure (i.e., pole, manhole, etc.) placed in the sidewalk must be surrounded by expansion joint material. An eight-inch clearance around the object (forming a square) of expansion joint material is also required.
(3) 
An expansion joint is necessary where the sidewalk abuts the curb.
E. 
The City may require other material to be used that may be more appropriate to the neighborhood character. The specifications for alternative material and installation specifications must be approved by the City Engineer.
F. 
Sidewalks in residential zones shall be constructed of concrete, a minimum of four inches thick of Class A concrete, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Form 408, Section 704. The concrete is to be laid on a four-inch bed of Type 2A stone aggregate on compacted or undisturbed soil, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Form 408, Section 703.
G. 
Sidewalks in nonresidential zones shall be constructed of concrete, a minimum of six inches thick of Class A concrete, a minimum of six-inch by six-inch ten-gage steel reinforcing mesh laid with a minimum of two inches of cover, on a four-inch bed of Type 2A stone aggregate on compacted or undisturbed soil.

§ 7-511.8 Fire hydrants.

Fire hydrants shall be installed within 400 feet of all existing and proposed structures, measured by way of accessible streets. Locations shall be approved by the City Engineer and the Fire Chief.

§ 7-511.9 Shade trees. [1]

[Amended 6-8-2010 by Ord. No. 6-2010]
Reasonable effort should be made by the developer to preserve existing trees. In addition, trees approved by the Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Enrichment, with a minimum caliper of 2 1/2 inches, should be provided in accordance with the approved landscaped plan. Trees should be planted between the sidewalk and the building setback line, at least five feet from the sidewalk or between the curb and the sidewalk, provided that the tree can receive adequate water.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 10-101, Shade Trees.

§ 7-511.10 Street signs.

Street name signs will be installed at all street intersections by the City.