[HISTORY: Adopted by the Planning Board of the City of Watertown 5-2-1961. Adopted by the City Council of the City of Watertown 7-11-1961. Amendments noted where applicable.]
These regulations are adopted for the purpose of providing for the future growth and development of the City of Watertown and affording adequate facilities for the housing, transportation, distribution, comfort, convenience, safety, health and welfare of its population, as provided in Article 3 of the General City Law.
The Planning Board of the City of Watertown shall have all powers and procedures of review and approval or disapproval of final plats and preliminary plats of subdivisions as contained at §§ 32, 33 and 34 of the New York General City Law, as amended.
Editor's Note: This ordinance repealed former § A322-2, Definitions.
The owner shall observe the following general requirements and principles of land subdivision:
The proposed subdivision shall conform to the Official Map of the City of Watertown and to the Master Plan of the City of Watertown, if such Official Map and Master Plan exist.
The arrangement of streets in the subdivision shall provide for the continuation of the principal streets in an adjoining subdivision or for their projection, when adjoining property is not subdivided, and shall be of a width at least as great as that of such existing connecting streets.
Streets shall not be less than fifty (50) feet in width.
Blocks generally shall not exceed one thousand two hundred (1,200) feet in length, nor be less than five hundred (500) feet.
Curb radiuses at intersections generally shall not be less than twenty (20) feet, or as determined by the City Engineer.
Side lines of lots, so far as practicable, shall be at right angles or radial to street lines.
The lot sizes and street frontage of lots shall conform to the lot sizes and frontage specified in the Zoning Ordinance for the district or districts in which the subdivision is located.
Corner lots shall be increased in size wherever necessary so that the minimum yard requirements of the Zoning Ordinance may be observed.
Grades on all streets shall be a reasonable minimum but shall not be less than five-tenths of one percent (0.5 of 1%) nor more than eight percent (8%).
The owner shall place permanent markers so as to locate all street corners and at all corners of the subdivision. Such markers shall be standard as per the City Engineering Department standard and installed under its supervision.
Land subject to flooding shall not be platted for residential occupancy nor for streets or highways nor for such other use as may increase danger to life or property or aggravate the flood hazard, but such land may be used for such uses as shall not be endangered by periodic or occasional inundation or increase the danger of flood.
Reserved strips controlling access to streets or land dedicated or to be dedicated for public use shall not be permitted.
Streets shall intersect at right angles as nearly as possible.
Street lines within a block deflecting from each other at any one (1) point by more than ten degrees (10º) shall be connected with a curve, the radius of which at the center line shall not be less than one hundred twenty-five (125) feet or as determined by the City Engineering Department.
Easements for utilities shall be provided where necessary and shall be at least ten (10) feet wide, except that in the case of sanitary or storm sewers, they shall then be a minimum of twenty-five (25) feet.
Double frontage of lots should be avoided, except where necessary to provide separation of residential development from traffic arteries or to overcome special situations of topography or orientation, and shall be subject to the approval of the Planning Board.
Street names shall not be so similar to existing street names as to create the possibility of confusion. Street names shall be subject to the approval of the Planning Board.
Property lines at street intersections shall be rounded with a minimum radius of ten (10) feet. A comparable chord may be permitted in appropriate situations, subject to approval of the City Engineering Department.
Variations of the general requirements specified above may be permitted by the Planning Board when, in its judgment, special factors warrant such variation.
The subdivider shall provide, without cost to the city, adequate and suitable land for parks and playgrounds for public use according to the size of the subdivision.