City of Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County
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§ 260-501 Small projects.

A. 
Anyone proposing a small project, as defined in § 260-202, shall submit four copies of the small project application to the City of Lancaster.
B. 
A complete small project application shall include:
(1) 
Small project application form.
(2) 
Small project sketch plan, including the following:
(a) 
Name and address of landowner (and/or) applicant.
(b) 
Date of small project application submission.
(c) 
Name of individual and/or firm that prepared the sketch if different from the landowner and/or applicant.
(d) 
Total lot area in square feet.
(e) 
Location and square footage of existing impervious area (buildings, patios, sidewalks, etc.)
(f) 
Location and square footage of proposed impervious area or land disturbance.
(g) 
Approximate footprint and location of all structures on adjacent properties if located within 50 feet of the proposed impervious area or land disturbance.
(h) 
Approximate location of existing stormwater management facilities, if present.
(i) 
Location and description of proposed stormwater management facilities.
(j) 
Direction of proposed stormwater discharge (e.g., with arrows).
(k) 
Scale and North arrow.
(l) 
Such other information as requested by the City Engineer.
(m) 
Plan may be on 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches sheets.
(n) 
Plan shall show any drainage swale or watercourse.
(3) 
Project description. As required in Subsection B(2)(g) above, the description of proposed and existing SWM facilities shall include the BMP type and size (L x W x D); estimated annual capture and design storm depth; and drainage area for all BMPs. All dimensions shall be in inches, feet and square feet, as applicable.
(4) 
Filing fee (in accordance with the City of Lancaster's current fee schedule).
C. 
The small project application shall be submitted on the form provided.

§ 260-502 Exemption from plan submission requirements.

A. 
The following regulated activities are specifically exempt from the SWM site plan requirements stipulated in § 260-301A and Articles IV and V of this chapter. However, the submission of a SWM permit application shall be required for all regulated and exempt activities.
(1) 
Agricultural activity (see definitions), provided that the activities are performed according to the requirements of 25 Pa. Code Chapter 102.
(2) 
Forest management and timber operations (see definitions), provided that the activities are performed according to the requirements of 25 Pa. Code Chapter 102.
(3) 
Conservation practices being installed as part of the implementation of a conservation plan written by an NRCS certified planner.
(4) 
Repair, reconstruction or restoration of public roadways, or repair, reconstruction or restoration of rail lines, or construction, repair, reconstruction, or restoration of utility infrastructure when the site will be returned to existing condition.
(5) 
Very small projects as defined herein, such as fence posts; mailbox posts; tombstones; doghouses/runs; pads for trash receptacles, outdoor grills; lawn ornaments and other nonvegetative landscape elements with an aggregate area of less than 100 square feet.
(6) 
Gardens and vegetative landscaping that do not increase impervious coverage and meet the following criteria:
(a) 
Located on slopes less than 8%.
(b) 
Not within 150 feet of any permanent watercourse.
(c) 
Less than 1,000 square feet in aggregate area.
(d) 
Hardscaped areas within gardens and vegetated landscape areas, such as patios, walls, paved walkways and pools or ponds, shall be considered impervious areas and are not exempt if the total hardscaped area exceeds 100 square feet.
B. 
The City of Lancaster may deny or revoke any exemption pursuant to this section at any time for any project that the City of Lancaster believes may pose a threat to public health, safety, property or the environment.

§ 260-503 Preapplication meeting.

Applicants are encouraged to schedule a preapplication meeting to review the overall stormwater management concept with City staff and Engineer. The preapplication meeting is not mandatory and shall not constitute formal filing of a plan with the City of Lancaster. Topics discussed may include the following:
A. 
Available geological maps, plans and other available data.
B. 
Findings of the site analysis, including identification of any environmentally sensitive areas, wellhead protection areas, riparian corridors, hydrologic soil groups, existing natural drainageways, karst features, areas conducive to infiltration to be utilized for volume control, etc.
C. 
Results of infiltration tests.
D. 
Applicable City Subdivision and Land Development and/or Zoning Ordinance provisions.
E. 
The conceptual project layout, including proposed structural and nonstructural BMPs.

§ 260-504 Stormwater management site plan submission.

A. 
When a stormwater management site plan is required, the applicant shall submit the following to the City of Lancaster:
(1) 
Four copies of the SWM permit application and four copies of the site plan prepared in accordance with the requirements of Article IV of this chapter.
(2) 
Three copies of all supplemental data.
(3) 
Plans shall also be submitted in an electronic Auto CAD format.
(4) 
A filing fee (in accordance with the City of Lancaster's current fee schedule).
B. 
The SWM site plan shall be submitted in a format that is clear, concise, legible, neat and well organized.
C. 
The applicant is responsible for submitting plans to any other agencies such as the Lancaster County Conservation District, PennDOT, DEP, etc., when permits from these agencies are required. Final approval shall be conditioned upon the applicant obtaining all necessary permits.
D. 
Incomplete submissions as determined by the Planning Commission or per City staff shall be returned to the applicant within 30 business days unless a land development approval is required, along with a statement that the submission is incomplete, and stating the deficiencies found. Otherwise, the application shall be deemed accepted for filing as of the date of submission. Acceptance of the application shall not, however, constitute an approval of the plan or a waiver of any deficiencies or irregularities. The applicant may appeal the City of Lancaster's decision not to accept a particular application in accordance with § 260-904 of this chapter.
E. 
At its sole discretion and in accordance with this article, when a SWM site plan is found to be deficient, the City of Lancaster may either disapprove the submission and require a resubmission, or in the case of minor deficiencies, the City of Lancaster may accept submission of revisions.

§ 260-505 City review and approval.

A. 
When the regulated activity constitutes a subdivision or land development as defined in the City's Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, the SWM site plan and subdivision/land development plan shall be processed concurrently according to the plan processing procedure outlined in Chapter 265 of the City Code.
B. 
When the regulated activity constitutes a small project, the City of Lancaster Stormwater Bureau Manager shall review and take action on the small project application within 30 business days of filing.
C. 
When the regulated activity does not constitute a subdivision or land development or small project, the City Engineer or Stormwater Bureau Manager shall review the SWM site plan for conformance with the provisions of this chapter within 30 business days of filing.
D. 
If the City disapproves the SWM site plan, the City will state the reasons for the disapproval in writing. The City also may approve the SWM site plan with conditions and, if so, shall provide the acceptable conditions for approval in writing. Such conditional approval shall be contingent upon the applicant's written acceptance of the conditions.

§ 260-506 Revision of plans.

A. 
Revisions to a SWM site plan after submission but before action by the City shall require a resubmission of the modified SWM site plan consistent with § 260-504 of this chapter and be subject to review as specified in § 260-505 of this chapter.
B. 
For the purposes of review deadlines, each resubmission required under § 260-506A (after submission but before approval) shall constitute a new submission for the purposes of time limits as set forth in the MPC and this chapter.
C. 
Any substantial revisions to a SWM site plan after approval shall be submitted as a new plan to the City of Lancaster, accompanied by the applicable review fee.

§ 260-507 Authorization to construct; term of validity.

Approval of a SWM site plan shall be valid for a period not to exceed five years. This time period shall commence on the date that the City of Lancaster approves the SWM site plan. If a certificate of completion as required by § 260-508 of this chapter has not been submitted within the specified time period, then the City of Lancaster may consider the SWM site plan disapproved and may revoke any and all permits issued by the City of Lancaster. SWM site plans that are considered disapproved by the City of Lancaster may be resubmitted in accordance with § 260-504 of this chapter.

§ 260-508 Certificate of completion.

A. 
At the completion of the project, and as prerequisite for the release of the financial security, the applicant shall provide a certification of completion from an engineer, landscape architect, surveyor or other qualified person verifying that all permanent SWM facilities have been constructed according to the plans and specifications and approved revisions thereto.
B. 
Upon receipt of the certificate of completion and prior to release of the remaining financial security, the City of Lancaster shall conduct a final inspection to certify compliance with this chapter. The type of acceptable financial security should include a cash or escrow deposit in addition to a bond or letter of credit.

§ 260-509 Plan recordation.

A. 
Upon completion of the plan improvements, the applicant shall submit an as-built plan for recordation in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds. The as-built plan must show the final design specifications for all stormwater management facilities and be sealed by a registered professional engineer. When a digital submission of an as-built plan is required, all coordinates as depicted on the plan shall be based on the PA South Zone State Plane Coordinate System (NAD83 for horizontal and NAVD88 for vertical).
B. 
Concurrently with the recordation of the as-built plan, the applicant shall submit the SWM site plan for recordation in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds, unless the site plan has already been recorded.