Town of Sykesville, MD
Carroll County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Sykesville 9-9-1981 by Ord. No. 120; amended in its entirety 7-11-1988 by Ord. No. 157. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Floodplain management — See Ch. 89.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 134.
Zoning — See Ch. 180.
Under the authority of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the following regulations governing the subdivision of land are hereby established for all areas in the incorporated limits of the Town of Sykesville, Maryland.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMISSION
The Sykesville Planning and Zoning Commission.
DEVELOPER or SUBDIVIDER
An individual, partnership, firm, corporation (or agent thereof), that undertakes or participates in the activities covered by these regulations (the development of a subdivision).
FINAL SUBDIVISION PLAT
A drawing to be made of official record in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and which may be all or a portion of a Preliminary Subdivision Plan.
LOT
A portion of a subdivision or parcel of land intended for building development, immediate or future.
PRELIMINARY SUBDIVISION PLAN
A master drawing of a subdivision prepared for the overall planning of a property desired to be subdivided and which is in accordance with these regulations.
STREET or ROAD
A way which provides or is proposed to provide primary access for vehicular traffic to abutting properties.
SUBDIVISION
See § 180-122 of Chapter 180, Zoning. [1]
SUBDIVISION PLAT
A drawing of the subdivision showing lots, streets, and other information which may be required in these regulations.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
From and after the effective date of these regulations, any developer contemplating the subdivision of land shall, previous thereto, cause a plat of such subdivision to be made in accordance with the provisions set forth in these regulations, and a copy of such plat shall be recorded in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Carroll County after approval of the Commission. No lot in a subdivision or any section thereof created after the effective date of these regulations shall be transferred nor shall a building permit be issued for a structure thereon until such approval and recording shall be completed as specified herein.
B. 
Notwithstanding Subsection A of this section, where a tract, parcel, or lot of land is crossed by a publicly maintained road, and the road is not owned in fee simple by a governmental agency or governmental entity, it shall be deemed that the road has divided the land into separate lots, constituting separate tax parcels.
[Added 8-14-2000 by Ord. No. 219]
C. 
Resulting parcels created pursuant to Subsection B of this section shall only be buildable or eligible for further subdivision if permitted under Chapter 180, Zoning, and this Chapter 145.
[Added 8-14-2000 by Ord. No. 219]
A. 
In laying out a subdivision the developer shall comply with all requirements of the Maryland State Department of the Environment governing subdivision of land. [1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Proposed streets shall be shown by providing a minimum right-of-way width of 50 feet. Where it is determined by the Commission that a street should be designed in a subdivision to carry traffic from other areas or adjacent subdivisions (whether existing or potential), a minimum of 60 feet shall be shown. Where a subdivision is created fronting on an existing publicly maintained road, front lot lines of a subdivision shall be established 30 feet from the center of the existing road, unless specifically provided less by the Commission. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as prohibiting a developer from voluntarily establishing, upon consent of the Commission, front lot lines of a subdivision more than 30 feet from the center of the existing road.
C. 
Street names shall be cleared through the Carroll County Planning Commission prior to submitting a final plat to insure no duplications.
D. 
Easements shall be shown on the final plat where a natural watercourse (stream) exists or where natural or street drainage is located or may be provided, such easement to be a minimum of 15 feet, except in the case of a natural watercourse which shall contain adequate easement area to provide for a twenty-year storm.
E. 
Streets shall be constructed in accordance with Chapter 140, Article II, Design and Construction Specifications. A suitable guarantee shall be provided to the Mayor and Town Council of Sykesville by the developer of those streets as shown.
[Amended 9-27-2004 by Ord. No. 247]
F. 
Lots, including lot sizes, shall be subject to the requirements of the Maryland State Department of the Environment. In no case, however, shall lot sizes be less than the minimum prescribed by Chapter 180, Zoning.
[Amended 9-27-2004 by Ord. No. 247]
G. 
Nonresidential subdivisions, including industrial and commercial tracts, shall conform to the Master Plan and standard established in Chapter 180, Zoning. The subdivider shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commission that the street, parcel and block pattern is specifically adapted to the uses anticipated and takes into account other uses in the vicinity.
H. 
Where there is a discrepancy between minimum standards or dimensions noted herein and other official regulations, the highest standards shall apply.
I. 
Reservation and acquisition of land. Sites for schools and other public facilities. In order to provide for the adequate and convenient placement of sites for public schools and other public uses as authorized by § 5.03 of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland, all subdivisions shall conform with the designated location of sites for public schools and other public facilities as shown on the Town Master Plan. Where the Town Master Plan indicates a location for school or other public facility, the location of such sites shall also be shown, if applicable, on any subdivision plan involving land affected by a public facility designation of the Master Plan. It shall be the duty of the Planning and Zoning Commission to coordinate the development of the subdivision with the plans of the appropriate Town agency for acquisition of the site in an expeditious manner.
J. 
For the purposes of the Sustainable Growth and Agriculture Preservation Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 236), after October 1, 2012, a minor subdivision will be defined as up to seven new lots for purposes of the applicability of Senate Bill 236 only. The preliminary plan will indicate how many lots have been created from the property since October 1, 2012. All development proposals will be required to comply with all other processing and code provisions applicable to minor subdivisions. For purposes of the applicability of Senate Bill 236 only, a request that results in a total of eight or more new lots will be defined as major subdivision.
[Added 12-10-2012 by Ord. No. 284]
A. 
A developer may, prior to preparing and submitting a preliminary subdivision plan, present a sketch of the proposed subdivision for any assistance the staff of the Commission might give. In order to insure that a proposed subdivision shall be eligible for Commission review, the subdivider shall adhere to the Commission's established written procedures for processing and referral of the proposed subdivision which shall detail the steps, filing deadlines, number of copies and such other administrative details involved to enable the proper processing and review of the subdivision with a minimum of delay.
B. 
Information shown on the preliminary subdivision plan shall include subdivision name, owner and developer's name and address, surveyor or engineer, election district, county, stage, adjacent property owners, vicinity sketch, scale, North point, date, contours, building lines, existing and/or proposed easements, street names and classification(s), floodplain(s), bearings and dimensions, plat or technical notes, as well as those covenants, restrictions and/or statements proposed to be shown on the final subdivision plat.
C. 
Adequate public facilities review.
(1) 
Certification of adequacy of public facilities.
(a) 
Before the Commission approves a preliminary subdivision plan, the Commission shall obtain written certification of the adequacy of all public facilities required by or serving the proposed subdivision (including, but not limited to, the following: schools, public water and sewerage facilities, emergency service and health care facilities, solid waste disposal facilities, police protection, roads, traffic control devices and storm drain facilities) from the following agencies:
[1] 
Carroll County Board of Education;
[2] 
Carroll County Public Works Department;
[3] 
Carroll County Health Department;
[4] 
Carroll County Transportation Department;
[5] 
Town of Sykesville Police Department;
[6] 
Town of Sykesville Public Works;
[7] 
Town of Sykesville Parks and Recreation Department;
[8] 
Local Fire Department;
[9] 
State Highway Administration;
[10] 
Other such agencies as the Commission deems appropriate.
(b) 
The Commission shall review the certifications received from the several agencies and shall prepare written findings and recommendations on the adequacy of public facilities of the proposed subdivision. In the event the Commission finds that the public facilities are inadequate, it shall state which facility or facilities are inadequate and the basis for such finding. The Commission shall attach to its findings and recommendations a copy of all certifications received from the required agencies and all other relevant information. The Commission shall transmit its findings and recommendations to the developer and the Clerk of the Town Council.
(2) 
Within 30 days of receipt of the Commission's findings and recommendations, the Town Council shall hold a public hearing to review the Commission's findings and recommendations and render a final decision on the adequacy of public facilities. In the event the Town Council finds that the public facilities are inadequate, the Commission shall disapprove the preliminary subdivision plan.
(3) 
In the event that the Town Council renders a decision that the public facilities are adequate for the proposed subdivision, within 30 days thereafter, the Commission shall deliver its findings and recommendations together with those of other agencies concerned with subdivision of land to the Commission at such time as the preliminary subdivision plan is submitted to the Commission for decision. In accordance with these regulations, the Commission shall approve or disapprove the preliminary subdivision plan or may approve it with modifications or conditions.
(4) 
In the event the Commission disapproves or approves with modifications or conditions the preliminary subdivision plan, a statement in writing shall be famished by the Commission to the developer indicating the provisions with which the developer must comply. Upon receipt of the developer's revised preliminary subdivision plan, the Commission shall review the plan to ensure its compliance with each of the Commission's modifications or conditions.
(5) 
Upon submission of a final subdivision plat pursuant to § 145-6 herein, the Commission shall determine whether there has been any adverse change to the public facilities required by or serving the proposed subdivision since the time of its approval of the preliminary subdivision plan. If the Commission determines that there has been an adverse change, the Commission shall prepare a written findings and recommendations for review by the Town Council in accordance with this Subsection C.
D. 
Expiration of preliminary subdivision plan. A preliminary subdivision plan shall expire in two years from the date of its approval by the Commission unless:
(1) 
A final subdivision plat for the area covered by the preliminary subdivision plan is approved by the Commission; or
(2) 
The Commission extends the preliminary subdivision plan upon a finding that good cause exists for the extension and that the public facilities are adequate for the proposed development.
A. 
The final subdivision plat shall consist of a drawing intended for record incorporating those changes or additions lawfully ordered by the Commission in its approval of the preliminary subdivision plan. The final subdivision may include all or any portion of the area concerned by the preliminary subdivision plan.
B. 
Title and graphic information to be shown on the final subdivision plat shall be as required on the approved preliminary subdivision plan except contour lines and shall clearly show all items required by § 3-108 of the Real Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended pertaining to the preparation of record plats.
C. 
Space shall be provided on the final plat for the following signatures and dates:
(1) 
Certificates of land surveyor and owner's certificate.
(2) 
Approval of the County Health Officer (or representatives of State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
(3) 
Approval of Sykesville Planning and Zoning Commission.
(4) 
Approval of the Carroll County Bureau of Utilities.
D. 
The final subdivision plat shall be legibly and accurately prepared or printed on sheets of material to a size of 18 inches by 24 inches, including a two-inch margin on the left side of the eighteen-inch width. The plat shall be to a scale acceptable to the Commission, generally, one inch equals 50 feet or one inch equals 100 feet, dependent upon the size of the subdivision. The developer shall file with the Commission the necessary copies for recording and distribution as required by the Commission, at least one copy of which shall be returned properly signed to the developer.
E. 
A certificate signed by the owner and by the surveyor shall be affixed to the plat as required by the Real Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.