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Subdivision Regulations

Subdivision PlatSUBDIVISION REGULATIONS (Newcastle Ordinances, Title XV, Chapter 153)


Subdivision regulations are designed, intended, adopted and should be administered for the following purposes:

(A) To protect and provide for the health, safety and general welfare of present and future residents of the city;
(B) To guide the future growth and development of the community, in accordance with the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan for the city;
(C) To ensure the provision of adequate light, air, privacy and fire and flood protection for residents of the community;
(D) To prevent overcrowding of the land and undue congestion of population;
(E) To prevent the development of slums and blight;
(F) To encourage orderly and beneficial development of all parts of the community;
(G) To protect and conserve the value of land throughout the community, as well as the value of buildings and improvements upon the land;
(H) To guide public and private policy and action in order to provide adequate and efficient transportation, water, sewerage, parks, schools and other public requirements, facilities and utilities;
(I) To provide the most beneficial relationship between the uses of land and buildings and the circulation of traffic throughout the community, through proper location, width, design and construction of streets and other traffic ways;
(J) To establish reasonable standards of design and procedures for subdivisions, re-subdivisions, lot line adjustments and lot-splits, in order to further the orderly layout and land of land;
(K) To establish adequate, accurate and accessible public records and monumenting of subdivision land;
(L) To equitably distribute the costs involved in land subdivisions;
(M) To prevent the pollution of air, streams, lakes and other bodies of water, safeguard the area’s ground water, and to encourage the wise use and management of natural resources in order to preserve the integrity, ecological stability and the beauty of the community, as well as the value of the land;
(N) To provide for open spaces through the most efficient design and layout of the land;
(O) To assure the adequacy of drainage facilities; and
(P) To minimize flood losses resulting from periodic inundation through:

(1) Restriction or prohibition of subdivision of lands for uses which are dangerous to health, safety or property in times of flood, or which, with reasonably anticipated improvements, will cause excessive increase in flood heights or velocities;
(2) Requirements that each subdivision lot in an area vulnerable to flooding be provided with safe building site, with adequate access and that public utilities and facilities which serve such uses be installed with protection against flood damage at the time of installation; and
(3) Protection of individuals from purchase of lands unsuitable for intended purposes because flood hazards, through the prohibition of unprotected flood hazard lands subdivision, requirements of delineated flood hazard areas on the final plat, and suitable uses provided for areas unsuitable for residential development.

(Q) Property owners’ uniform plans

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