Township of Warminster, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
1. 
The purpose of this Part 8 is to establish and define the public improvements which will be required to be constructed by the applicant as a condition for final plan approval.
2. 
All construction shall be completed in accordance with the specific conditions of the commitment and the accepted drawings and specifications, and in the manner acceptable to the Township Board of Supervisors.
3. 
All improvements shall be constructed in accordance with Warminster Township specifications and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation specifications, and any amendments thereto.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
1. 
The improvements included in this Part 8 are minimum requirements. However, the Board of Supervisors reserves the right in any case to increase the same if conditions so warrant.
2. 
Where literal compliance with the improvements hereinafter specified is clearly impractical, the Board of Supervisors may modify or adjust the improvements and standards to permit reasonable utilization of property while securing substantial conformance with the objectives of the regulations.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
When changes from the accepted drawings and specifications become necessary during construction, written acceptance by the Board of Supervisors with the advice of the Township Engineer shall be secured before the execution of such changes. The Supervisors shall also advise, in writing, the Planning Commission and the Zoning Officer of these changes before they become effective.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
Adequate provisions for the satisfactory maintenance of all streets shall be made by dedication to, and acceptance for maintenance by, the Township or by other acceptable means.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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The construction of streets, roads, lanes and driveways as shown upon final plans and as contained in contract agreements shall in every respect conform to such requirements as the Board of Supervisors may require for the construction of streets in the Township. These requirements shall be known as the "Warminster Township and/or Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Specifications and Design Standards for Roads and Streets" and are hereby incorporated as part of these regulations,[1] including such changes as the Board of Supervisors may from time to time adopt by resolution. The minimum requirements of all subdivisions, land developments, plans and agreements shall be governed by that resolution in effect at the time of the approval of the applicant's final plan.
[1]
Editor's Note: The Specifications and Design Standards for Roads and Streets are on file in the Township office.
2. 
All streets shall be graded to:
A. 
The grades shown on the street profiles and cross-section plan submitted and approved with the final plan.
B. 
The full width of the right-of-way.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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The owner shall erect at every street intersection a street sign or street signs having thereon the names of the intersecting streets. At intersections where streets cross, there shall be at least two such street signs, and at intersections where one street ends or joins with another street, there shall be at least one such street sign.
2. 
All street signs shall conform to those standards of § 22-514.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
The Township may require the owner to install or cause to be installed, at the owner's expense, metal pole streetlights serviced by underground conduit in accordance with a plan to be prepared by the Philadelphia Electric Company and approved by the Board of Supervisors in conformity to a general standard of streetlighting established by the Board of Supervisors. The equipment of metal poles may be waived in such instances as approved by the Zoning Officer due to the existence of wooden poles already in place. Provision shall be made for engineering said lighting after 50% or more of the dwellings in a given subdivision or land development or section of a subdivision or land development have been occupied. The owner shall be responsible for all charges or rates of the streets lighted until such time that the streets are accepted or condemned as public streets by the Board of Supervisors.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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Monuments shall be placed at each change in direction of boundary, three to be placed at each street intersection and one on one side of each street at angle points and at the beginning and end of curves. Utility easements shall be monumented at their beginning and at their end and areas to be conveyed for public use shall be fully monumented at their external boundaries.
2. 
Lot boundary lines shall be provided with a concrete monument at their intersection with the street line and/or ultimate right-of-way line. All other lot boundary corners shall be provided with iron pins. Iron pins shall consist of a metal pipe or reinforcement rod, at least 5/8 inch in diameter and 30 inches in length.
3. 
Monuments shall be placed in the ground after final grading is completed at a time specified by the Township Engineer. The monument shall be concrete, four inches square, minimum of 30 inches in length. All monuments/pins shall be set no greater than one inch above finished grade. All monuments/iron pins shall be provided with permanent caps (plastic/bronze) and shall include the license number and firm name of the professional surveyor responsible for setting the monument/pin.
4. 
All monuments shall be checked for accuracy by the Township Engineer or their accuracy certified by the owner's engineer. Accuracy of monument shall be within 3/100 of a foot.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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Sidewalks shall be constructed on one side of all frontage streets and both sides of all other streets within the subdivision or land development, unless in the opinion of the Board of Supervisors with the advice of the Planning Commission, they are unnecessary for public safety and convenience.
2. 
All sidewalks shall be constructed in accordance with this chapter, Warminster Township specifications, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation specifications, and any amendments thereto.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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Curbs shall be provided along both sides of all streets, unless in the opinion of the Board of Supervisors, with the advice of the Township Engineer, they are unnecessary.
2. 
Along the existing streets on which a subdivision or land development abuts (hereinafter called boundary streets), curbs shall be constructed and the existing paved cartway shall be widened to the curb. The location of curbing along a boundary street shall be determined by the width of the existing or future right-of-way of the road as established by the Board of Supervisors and in accordance with those specified in § 22-505 of this chapter.
3. 
All curbs shall be designed and constructed in accordance with this chapter, Warminster Township specifications, and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation specifications, and any amendments thereto.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
The owner shall construct stormwater drainage facilities, including curbs, catch basins and inlets, storm sewers, road ditches, and open channels in order to prevent erosion, flooding, and other hazards to life and property. All such facilities are to be of adequate size and grade to hydraulically accommodate maximum potential volumes of flow. Facilities size, type, and general construction shall follow Warminster Township specifications, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation standards and specifications, and specifications set out in the NRCS Erosion and Sediment Pollution Control Manual, and any amendments thereto.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009; as amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
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The owner shall construct water mains in such a manner as to make adequate water service available to each lot or dwelling unit within the subdivision or land development. The entire system shall be designed in accordance with the requirements and standards of the Warminster Municipal Authority and shall be subject to their approval.
2. 
The system shall also be designed with adequate capacity and appropriately spaced fire hydrants for fire-fighting purposes. Review and approval by the Fire Marshal and Warminster Municipal Authority shall be required in order to insure that fire protection is provided.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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Where no public water is accessible, water shall be furnished by the owner on an individual lot basis. If wells are installed on each lot and the lot also contains its sewage disposal facilities, the well shall be of the drilled type cased and grout-sealed into the bedrock. Wells shall meet the requirements of Chapter 26, Part 3, Well Rules and Regulations.
2. 
Well requirements for building developments with 10 to 99 equivalent dwelling units as adopted by the Warminster Municipal Authority or as may be amended. For proposed developments containing a total of 10 to 99 equivalent dwelling units, the developer must provide the following prior to final plan approval:
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
A. 
Provide a hydrogeologist to select test well sites.
B. 
Request site inspections from Bucks County Department of Health (BCDH). Report progress to BCDH.
C. 
Coordinate the well exploration with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Report progress to DRBC, DEP, and WMA.
D. 
Provide a water feasibility study to determine the impact of the proposed development on the municipal well water supply and on other existing wells in the area.
E. 
Drill six-inch diameter test wells. The yield from the developed well(s) must tentatively be at least 100 gallons per minute. The selected well(s) must be reamed to at the least eight inches in diameter. Well logs are to be furnished to WMA along with laboratory reports certifying the water quality in accordance with U.S. public health standards.
F. 
The selected well(s) must be constructed, developed, tested, and capped in accordance with DRBC and DEP standards. Monitoring of adjacent wells must be performed as required by DRBC.
G. 
The safe yield of the well or wells must be at least twice the amount required by the completed development.
H. 
The well site(s) to be dedicated to WMA shall be at least 200 feet by 200 feet, with the well at the center. Should the well site(s) not have street frontage, a paved access road and pipeline easement must be dedicated to the Authority for each site.
I. 
Submit the hydrogeologist's report to WMA, DRBC, DEP, and BCDH. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) 
Site description and scope of project.
(2) 
Discussion of hydrogeologic formations.
(3) 
Discussion of groundwater conditions.
(4) 
Recommended test well site(s).
(5) 
Hydrologic report defining the specific capacity and the long-term safe yield of the well(s).
(6) 
All test data with analyses.
(7) 
Geologic well log(s).
(8) 
Conclusion and recommendations.
J. 
A copy of the DRBC approval shall be submitted prior to the granting of final approval of the subdivision or land development application.
3. 
Well requirements for building developments with 100 equivalent dwelling units as adopted by the Warminster Municipal Authority or as may be amended. When a development is proposed, for which total water supply requirements will be at least 36,000 gallons per day, the developer must provide the following prior to final plan approval:
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
A. 
Provide a hydrogeologist to select test well sites.
B. 
Request site inspections from Bucks County Department of Health (BCDH). Report progress to BCDH.
C. 
Coordinate the well exploration with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Report progress to DRBC, DEP, and WMA.
D. 
Provide a water feasibility study to determine the impact of the proposed development on the municipal well water supply and on other existing wells in the area.
E. 
Drill six-inch diameter test wells. The yield from the developed well(s) must tentatively be at least 200 gallons per minute. The selected well(s) must be reamed to 12 inches in diameter. Well logs are to be furnished to WMA along with laboratory reports certifying the water quality in accordance with U.S. Public Health standards. The water must also be tested for organic contaminants.
F. 
The selected well(s) must be constructed, developed, and tested in accordance with DRBC and DEP standards. Monitoring of adjacent wells must be performed as required by DRBC.
G. 
The safe yield of the well or wells must be at least twice the amount required by the completed development.
H. 
The well site(s) to be dedicated to WMA shall be at least 200 feet by 200 feet, with the well at the center. Should the well site(s) not have street frontage, a paved access road and pipeline easement must be dedicated to the Authority for each site.
I. 
Submit the hydrogeologist's report to WMA, DRBC, DEP, and BCDH. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) 
Site description and scope of project.
(2) 
Discussion of hydrogeologic formations.
(3) 
Discussion of groundwater conditions.
(4) 
Recommended test well site(s).
(5) 
Hydrologic report defining the specific capacity and long-term safe yield of the well(s).
(6) 
All test data with analyses.
(7) 
Geologic well log(s).
(8) 
Conclusions and recommendations.
J. 
A copy of the DRBC approval shall be submitted prior to the granting of final approval of the subdivision or land development application.
K. 
Submit plans and specifications for pumping facilities, along with DRBC application and DEP water supply modules, to WMA, DRBC, DEP, and BCDH.
L. 
Provide pumping facilities, disinfection facilities, and discharge piping to the water distribution system all in accordance with WMA approved specifications.
M. 
Obtain electrical service from Philadelphia Electric Company.
N. 
Upon final inspection and acceptance by WMA, all of the above shall become the property of WMA.
O. 
Provide to WMA a one-year warranty, with operation and maintenance data on all equipment.
P. 
Provide WMA with a release of liens for all labor and material utilized in the construction of the above facilities.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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The owner shall construct sanitary sewers in such a manner as to make adequate sanitary sewage service available to each lot within the subdivision.
2. 
The entire system shall be designed in accordance with the requirements and standards of the Warminster Municipal Authority and shall be subject to their approval.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
If public sewer facilities are not available, the owner shall provide for sewage disposal on an individual basis according to the rules, regulations, terms, definitions, and conditions of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Individual Sewage Disposal System Application and Certification Procedure for Bucks County, Pennsylvania, adopted by the Bucks County Department of Health on January 20, 1969, and any amendments thereto. However, no private sewage disposal system shall be permitted if a public connection is available within 150 feet of the property line.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009; as amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
If, at the time of final approval, public sanitary sewer facilities are not available to the subdivision or land development, but will become available within a period of five years or a period determined by the Board of Supervisors from the date of recording, the owner shall be required to install or cause to be installed at his expense sanitary sewers and sewer laterals to the street line in accordance with the requirements and standards of the Warminster Municipal Authority; and shall cap all laterals. Review and approval by the Warminster Municipal Authority shall be required.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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The owner shall cause gas (if available), electric power, telephone, and cable facilities to be installed in such a manner as to make adequate service available to each lot or dwelling unit in the subdivision or land development.
2. 
All public utilities required to service subdivisions and land developments shall be placed underground except for minor exceptions necessary to permit the overall installation of utilities.
3. 
Where practicable, all utilities shall be located within the street right-of-way, otherwise easements or rights-of-way of sufficient width for installation and maintenance shall be provided.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
Grading shall conform in all respects to the final plan and the requirements and standards of this chapter.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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Street trees and other required plantings shall be in accordance with § 22-523 of this chapter.
2. 
Street trees and other required plant material shall not be planted until the finished grading of the subdivision or land development has been completed.
3. 
Plans of proposed street tree planting shall be reviewed and approved by the Warminster Township Shade Tree Commission or by the Zoning Officer.
[Ord. 690, 9/10/2009]
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Additional community facilities may be required to serve the proposed lots or dwellings in a subdivision or land development. Where a proposed park, playground or other public facility is shown in the Comprehensive Plan or Community Facilities Plan or parts thereof, and is located in whole or in part in a subdivision or land development, the dedication or reservation of such area may be required by the Board of Supervisors in those cases in which it deems such requirements to be reasonable.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 2, which stated that the Parks and Recreation Board shall review all plans where public recreation facilities are proposed, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed by Ord. No. 761, 3/5/2020.