City of Havre de Grace, MD
Harford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Havre de Grace 6-6-1988 by Ord. No. 718. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 31.
Critical areas — See Ch. 49.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 78.
Forest conservation — See Ch. 81.
Grading and filling — See Ch. 89.
Signs — See Ch. 151.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 169.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 173.
Water and sewers — See Ch. 198.
Zoning — See Ch. 205.
[Amended 12-21-1992 by Ord. No. 769]
Site plans shall be required prior to the issuance of any building permit for a building in excess of 5,000 square feet on the ground floor, any project occurring on a site larger than 40,000 square feet regardless of building size and prior to the approval of subdivision plats for subdivisions in excess of two lots in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth herein.
[Added 12-21-1992 by Ord. No. 769; amended 5-7-2012 by Ord. No. 937]
Prior to submitting their site plans for review, for all projects that are required to submit an application under Chapter 81, Forest Conservation, applicants shall have submitted to the Director of Planning their forest stand delineation and preliminary forest conservation plan. In addition, for any project that will include construction of a new roadway, the applicant shall submit a concept plan to the Director of the Department of Public Works, the Director of Planning and the Mayor of the City of Havre de Grace that portrays the road plan. Any concept plan reflecting construction of a public or a private road shall reflect a design in accordance with the specifications and requirements of the Harford County Road Code Book II, effective December 2, 2008, (hereinafter "Road Code") without any variance therefrom by administrative decision or by the Board of Appeals. Any variance request from the Road Code shall be made in writing by the applicant for consideration by the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace and may only be granted pursuant to a written public works agreement approved by the Mayor and City Council by ordinance. Failure to submit these documents prior to site plan submission will result in the site plan being returned due to the lack of sufficient information.
The following information shall be included on the site plan:
A. 
An area or vicinity map at a scale of not smaller than one inch equals 2,000 feet showing such information as the names and numbers of adjoining roads, streams, bodies of waters, railroads, subdivisions, election districts or other landmarks sufficient to clearly identify the location of the property.
B. 
A boundary survey plat of the entire site at a scale not smaller than one inch equals 100 feet showing the following:
(1) 
Topography of the property in five-foot contour intervals.
(2) 
Slopes of 10% or greater.
(3) 
Existing and proposed topography.
(4) 
Location of natural features and drainage patterns.
(5) 
Location and names of water features including rivers, streams and their drainage areas.
(6) 
Floodplain boundaries for the one-hundred-year flood.
(7) 
Soil types.
(8) 
Other cover types such as barren areas, filled areas and excavated areas.
(9) 
Location of all areas of shore erosion and annual erosion rates, if available.
(10) 
Habitat protection areas as shown on the City's Critical Areas program maps.
(11) 
Location of Critical Area boundaries as shown on the City's Critical Areas maps.
C. 
A detailed drawing showing the location of existing and proposed improvements including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) 
Location, proposed use and height of all buildings.
(2) 
Location of all parking, loading areas, driveways, roads, rights-of-way, sidewalks, walking trails and bike paths.
[Amended 5-7-2012 by Ord. No. 937]
(3) 
Location of outdoor storage, if any.
(4) 
Location and type of recreational facilities, if any.
(5) 
Location of all existing and proposed site improvements including bulkheads, piers, sanitary sewers, storm drains, culverts, retaining walls, fire plugs, fences, lighting, stormwater management facilities, sediment facilities and erosion control structures.
(6) 
Description, method and location of water supply and sewage disposal facilities.
(7) 
Location of open space areas, if any, and landscaping.
(8) 
Location, size and type of all signs.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 151, Signs.
(9) 
Location, size and type of vehicular entrances to the site.
(10) 
Location of utilities.
D. 
Computations of:
(1) 
Total area.
(2) 
Building floor area for each type of proposed use.
(3) 
Building ground coverage by percentage.
(4) 
Road area.
(5) 
Number and area of off-street parking and loading spaces.
(6) 
Total area of impervious surfaces, including structures.
(7) 
Permanent open space area.
(8) 
Total forested or wooded area to be cleared, and areas to be replanted and forest covered.
(9) 
Pre- and post-development nonpoint source pollution loadings.
(10) 
Area of site within the Critical Area if not the total site.
E. 
Commercial or industrial uses shall also include the following:
(1) 
Specific uses proposed.
(2) 
A maximum number of employees for which each building is designed.
(3) 
Type of energy to be used for any manufacturing processes.
(4) 
Wastes or by-products to be produced by manufacturing processes, including a list of all hazardous substances, chemicals, caustics, etc., that will be stored on the site.
(5) 
Proposed method of disposal of such waste or by-products.
(6) 
Local of outdoor lighting facilities.
F. 
The location of on-site public service facilities and any connection with off-site public service facilities that will provide adequate public facilities to or through the property to be developed, whether the property is subdivided or not. A notation on the site plan shall address the requirement of a public works agreement and, if authorized by legislative authority by the Mayor and City Council by ordinance, any recoupment agreement related to the public service facilities required for the site plan approval.
[Added 12-19-2016 by Ord. No. 985]
G. 
A notation on the site plan that the owner shall be responsible for all costs of construction or development on-site and off-site related to the provision of adequate public facilities for the project shown on the site plan, where new service is being provided or where any new connections to the City's water or sewer system shall increase the demand on the City's water and sewer system, as determined by the City Director of DPW by a fixture unit calculation.
[Added 12-19-2016 by Ord. No. 985]
[Amended 5-7-2012 by Ord. No. 937]
Site plans shall be prepared by a professional engineer registered in the State of Maryland. In addition to other notations relating to the applicable ordinances or requirements, the site plan shall contain the notation that the roads shown thereon comply with the Harford County Road Code without any variance therefrom unless approved by the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace by ordinance.
[Amended 5-7-2012 by Ord. No. 937]
Upon receipt of the site plan, the Department of Public Works shall review such plan, solicit comments as appropriate and refer the plan to the Planning Commission for review. The applicant’s engineer is responsible for the representations shown on the site plan meeting the minimum requirements of the Road Code and preparing the list of requested variances from the Road Code. The Planning Commission shall approve or reject the plan based upon compliance with land use regulations in this Code within 30 days after submission. If the plan is rejected, the reasons therefor shall be stated. Any site plan requiring consideration of a variance from the Road Code by the Mayor and City Council may be recommended for approval pending action by the Mayor and City Council or rejected.
All site plans submitted for land development in the Critical Area must conform to the requirements outlined in the City of Havre de Grace, Critical Area Program as amended April 1988.
[Amended 5-7-2012 by Ord. No. 937]
Approval of a site plan shall be for a one-year period and shall expire at the end of each one-year period unless the Planning Commission specifically extends such approval for an additional one year. The number of times the approval can be extended cannot exceed nine times. Upon written request by the applicant, the approval of any such plan may be extended on a yearly basis by the Planning Commission.