Village of Carthage, NY
Jefferson County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
Conformity with General Plan.
(1) 
The arrangement, width, location and extent of major streets and all minor streets should conform and be in harmony with the General Plan for the Village.
(2) 
Streets not in the General Plan should conform to the recommendation of the Planning Board, based on existing and planned streets, topography, public safety, convenience and proposed use of land.
(3) 
The Village Highway Superintendent shall be consulted by the Planning Board for an advisory opinion before the approval of any new streets.
B. 
Arrangement. Residential minor streets shall be designed to discourage through traffic the origin and destination of which is not within the subdivision.
C. 
Location.
(1) 
When a proposed subdivision is adjacent to or contains a state highway, the Planning Board shall seek information from the New York State Department of Transportation as to the status of said highway in reference to right-of-way and direction. The Planning Board may require a marginal street approximately parallel to and on each side of such a right-of-way at a distance suitable for an appropriate use of the intervening land as for park purposes in residential districts or for commercial or industrial purposes. Such distance shall also be determined with due regard for the requirements of approach grades and future grade separation.
(2) 
Railroad rights-of-way shall receive similar consideration.
D. 
Intersections.
(1) 
Streets shall intersect one another at angles as near to a right angle as possible, and no intersections of streets at angles less than 60° shall be approved. Street intersections shall be rounded with a radius of 25 feet, measured at right-of-way line, when said intersection occurs at right angles.
(2) 
If an intersection occurs at an angle other than a right angle, it shall be rounded with a curve of radius acceptable to the Planning Board.
(3) 
Street jogs with center-line offsets of less than 125 feet shall be avoided.
E. 
Dead-end streets. Each dead-end street shall be provided with a turnaround deemed sufficient by the Village Highway Superintendent for snowplowing. Dead-end streets designed to be so permanently shall not be permitted unless provided with a turnaround.
F. 
Half streets.
(1) 
Dedication of a half street shall be prohibited, except when essential to the reasonable development of the subdivision in conformity with the other requirements of this chapter and where the Planning Board finds it will be practicable to require the dedication of the other half when the adjoining property is subdivided.
(2) 
Wherever a half street is adjacent to a tract to be subdivided, the other half of the street shall be platted within such tract.
G. 
Access. In business and industrial districts, definite and assured provision shall be made for service access, such as off-street parking, loading and unloading, consistent with and adequate for the uses proposed.
H. 
Names and numbers.
(1) 
Names of new streets shall not duplicate existing or platted streets.
(2) 
New streets which are extended or in alignment with existing streets shall bear the name of the existing streets.
(3) 
House numbers shall be assigned in accordance with the house-numbering system now in effect in the Village.
I. 
Curbs.
(1) 
All streets shall have concrete curbs.
(2) 
Standard curbs shall be eight inches by 20 inches and extend seven inches above the top of the street pavement. Curbs shall be placed on a six-inch-minimum compacted stone or gravel material approved by the Superintendent of the Department of Public Works.
J. 
Curb radii. At intersections, curb radii shall not be less than 25 feet.
K. 
Pavement cross slope. The pavement cross slope shall be 1/4 inch per foot, with the center line of the crown being the center line of the pavement.
L. 
Village blocks. Village blocks shall not exceed 1,200 feet in length nor be less than 500 feet.
M. 
Street signs. The subdivider shall provide and erect street signs, of a type to be approved by the Village Planning Board, at all street intersections prior to acceptance of the constructed streets.
N. 
Trees. If street-side trees are provided, they shall be outside of the street right-of-way and planted in such a manner as not to impair visibility at any corner or corners.
O. 
Utilities.
(1) 
All utilities shall be buried.
(2) 
It is intended that sewers (sanitary and storm) shall be located in the border area on one side of the street, while all other utilities shall be located in the border area on the opposite side of the street.
(3) 
Locating of utilities under paved surfaces shall be kept to a minimum and is intended to be only in those areas where crossings are required.
P. 
Grades. Maximum allowable grade shall be 8%, and the minimum allowable grade shall be 0.5%.
Q. 
Minimum breaking site distance. The minimum breaking site distance shall be 200 feet.
R. 
Minimum section dimensions. The minimum section dimensions of a typical street shall be as indicated by Figure 1, available and on file in the office of the Village Clerk.
S. 
Sewers. All sewers shall be separated (sanitary from storm).
T. 
Catch basins.
(1) 
Catch basins shall convey surface water from the streets to the storm sewer.
(2) 
Catch basins shall be located on each side of all intersecting streets at the point of their intersection and along each side of each street with a maximum distance of 400 feet between catch basins.
A. 
Street improvements shall be installed at the expense of the subdivider.
B. 
Unless granted by variance, a typical street shall be comprised of the following sections properly constructed and conforming to minimum standards required by the standard specifications of the New York State Department of Transportation:
(1) 
Subgrade.
(2) 
Subbase.
(3) 
Base course.
(4) 
Prime coat to seal the base course.
(5) 
Binder course.
(6) 
Tack coat for bonding between asphalt courses.
(7) 
Wearing course.
C. 
Subgrade, subbase and base course.
(1) 
Subgrade shall be rough-graded the full width of the street right-of-way and compacted the full width between the outer edges of the curbs and gutter. The subgrade shall consist of existing or selected soil, if required.
(2) 
Subbase, if required, shall consist of a suitable gravel and stone material approved by the Village Superintendent of Public Works and compacted to a depth approved by the Village Superintendent of Public Works.
(3) 
Base course shall consist of a suitable gravel and stone material approved by the Village Superintendent of Public Works and shall be at least six inches in depth after compaction.
D. 
Binder course and wearing course. All bituminous material shall meet current standards as specified by the standard specifications of New York State Department of Transportation. Each course placed (binder and wearing) shall be minimum of two inches in depth after proper rolling.
E. 
All streets shall conform to the minimum thicknesses as indicated by Table A, Recommended Thicknesses for Streets and Highways, with the exception that minimum bituminous surface shall be four inches as stated in § 122-19D above, and minimum base course thickness is six inches as specified in § 122-19C(3) above. [Note: See Table A available and on file in the office of the Village Clerk.]
F. 
All parking lots shall be constructed with the minimum thickness for component materials as indicated by Table B, Recommended Thicknesses for Parking Lots, with the exception that all bituminous surfaces shall be a minimum of three inches thick after proper rolling. [Note: See Table B, available and on file in the office of the Village Clerk.]
Sidewalks may be required and shall be installed as follows:
A. 
Sidewalks shall be installed at the expense of the subdivider, at such locations as the Planning Board may deem necessary.
B. 
Sidewalks must be constructed to comply to the following specifications:
(1) 
Sidewalks shall be of three-thousand-pound-minimum-strength concrete.
(2) 
Sidewalks shall be a minimum of four feet wide and four inches thick, except at driveway crossings where the sidewalk shall be at least six inches reinforced thickness. In business areas, the minimum width shall be five feet wide and four inches thick, except at driveway crossings where the sidewalk shall be at least six inches thick and reinforced.
(3) 
In all cases involving sidewalks, paved driveway surfaces shall abut but never cover existing sidewalks.
Public utility improvements may be required and shall be installed as follows:
A. 
Fire protection. Hydrants shall be of size, type and location as specified by the Insurance Services Organization and approved by the Village of Carthage Fire Department.
B. 
Streetlighting. Poles, brackets and lights shall be of a size, type and location approved by the local power company.
C. 
Electricity. Power lines shall be placed underground and shall be approved by the local power company.
D. 
Utility services shall be located from six to eight feet from the front property line to the center line of the utility service between the sidewalk and curbline.
Potable water for domestic, commercial and fire protection use:
A. 
All water mains and lines as shown on the preliminary plan shall be installed from each lot to the municipal supply. Where no municipal supply is available, it must be furnished by the subdivider on a project or individual-lot basis.
B. 
All piping required for transmission and distribution must conform to current American Water Works Association standards and specifications and must conform to New York State Department of Health regulations.
C. 
All water mains shall be a minimum of eight inches in diameter.
D. 
Curb stops shall be provided for each residence and each residence shall be metered at the developers expense.
E. 
Except where noted above, all provisions from Recommended Standards for Water Works, Part 8, Distribution Systems, shall prevail. (A copy may be purchased from the Village Clerk.)
A. 
All necessary mains and laterals for connection from the lots to public sewage system as shown on the preliminary plan shall be installed by the subdivider at his expense. If public disposal is not available (for whatever reason) and the sewage treatment is on a project or individual-lot basis, such private facilities must be installed by the subdivider in accordance with all prevailing New York State Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation rules and regulations. Any and all local regulations must also be adhered to.
B. 
Dry sewers may be required in those parts of the Village deemed to have sufficient population density or potential to merit community sanitary sewer systems in the future. Such requirements shall be in harmony with the General Plan for the Village.
C. 
Combined sewers shall not be allowed. Sanitary and storm sewers shall be separated.
D. 
All provisions of Chapter 20, Design of Sewers, from the text “Recommended Standards for Sewage Works” shall prevail. (Copies are available at the developer's expense at the Village Clerk's office.)
A. 
Location. The lot size, width, depth, shape and area shall comply with the Village Zoning Law.[1]
[1]
See Ch. 146, Zoning.
B. 
Double-frontage lots. Frontings on two streets other than corner lots shall be discouraged.
C. 
Pedestrian easements.
(1) 
In order to facilitate pedestrian access from streets to schools, parks, play areas or nearby streets, perpetual unobstructed easements at least 20 feet wide may be required by the Planning Board.
(2) 
In heavy traffic areas, sidewalks may be required in addition.
D. 
Setbacks. The provisions of the Village Zoning Law shall apply regarding setback lines.
E. 
Lot lines.
(1) 
Side lot lines shall be approximately at right angles to the street or radial to curved streets.
(2) 
On large-size lots, and except when indicated by topography, lot lines shall be straight.
F. 
Corner lots. Lots for residential use shall have extra width to permit appropriate building setbacks from and orientation to both streets.
A. 
Unique physical features, such as historic landmarks and sites, rock outcrops, hilltop lookouts, desirable natural contours and similar features, shall be preserved where possible. Also, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands shall be left unaltered and protected by easements.
B. 
All surfaces must be graded and restored within six months of the completion of subdivision so no unnatural mounds or depressions are left.
C. 
Original topsoil moved during construction shall be returned and stabilized by approved methods.
D. 
Damage to existing trees should be avoided.
E. 
Adequacy, type and arrangement of trees, shrubs and other landscaping which constitutes a visual and/or noise-deterring buffer between competing adjacent uses and adjoining lands may be required.
A. 
Consideration shall be given to the allocation of areas suitably located for community purposes, as indicated on the General Plan, and be made available by one of the following methods:
(1) 
Dedication to the Village.
(2) 
Reservation of land for the use of property owners by deed or covenant.
(3) 
Reservation for acquisition by the Village within a reasonable period of time. Said reservation shall be made in such manner as to provide for a release of the land to the subdivider in the event the Village does not proceed with the purchase.
(4) 
If the Planning Board determines that suitable park or parks of adequate size cannot be properly located in the plat or are otherwise not practical, the Board may require, as a condition to approval of the plat, a payment to the Village of a sum to be determined by the Village Board, which sum shall constitute a trust fund to be used by the Village exclusively for neighborhood park, playground or recreational purposes, including the acquisition of property.
B. 
The Planning Board may require the reservation of such other areas or sites of a character, extent and location suitable to the needs of the Village as water plants, sewage treatment plants and other community purposes not anticipated in the General Plan.
A. 
As a safety measure for the protection of the health and welfare of the people of the Village, that portion of a proposed lot which is found to be unsuitable for subdivision due to harmful features (i.e., drainage problems) shall not be subdivided until adequate methods are formulated by the subdivider and approved by the Planning Board.
B. 
Before final approval, the subdivider shall, in lieu of the improvements, furnish a surety bond or certified check covering the cost of the required improvements.
A. 
It is intended that surface drainage not be allowed to drain on adjacent properties. Surface drainage shall be collected via catch basins conveyed via underground storm sewers to natural drainage areas such as wetlands, creeks or rivers.
B. 
A drainage plan shall require approval by the Planning Board.