These design standards are a guide to development so that the Town of Monroe will in the future be a coordinated, well-planned community of good quality, with provision for desirable services and facilities.
Land reserved from subdivision shall be of a useful dimension for development in the future in accordance with current zoning.
Subdivision designs shall indicate consideration for suitable protection of different types of land uses and the segregation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic incompatible with particular uses.
Desirable sites shall be provided for public and semipublic land uses such as schools, firehouses and churches.
Natural areas, parks and playgrounds are vital to a balanced community. Each subdivision or other use of land hereinafter mentioned will be required by the Planning Board, in its discretion, to provide one of the following:
[Amended 12-8-1970; 8-12-1980]
Dedication to the Town of Monroe of a site or sites of a character, extent and location suitable for the development of a park, playground or other recreation purpose which site or sites shall not exceed more than 10% of the gross area of the subdivision or of such other use.
The street and highway layout shall conform to the Master Plan for streets and highways and shall provide appropriately located street taps or stub streets to adjacent areas.
The street pattern within a subdivision shall be orderly. Where appropriate a major street shall be indicated for more direct access to minor streets.
Minor streets shall be laid out so that their use for through traffic will be discouraged. Particular attention should be given to eliminating possible bypasses around traffic signals and major intersections.
There shall be no duplicate street names within the Town.
Maximum length shall be 1,200 feet and minimum length shall be 400 feet.
Minimum width shall relate to the zoning district requirements for yards and lot areas and generally shall provide for two tiers of lots.
Special attention shall be given to blocks in industrial and business districts to provide for access to the lots and areas for parking and truck delivery.
No more than two streets shall intersect or meet at any one point.
No street shall intersect or meet at an angle of less than 120°.
The center lines of all streets entering an intersection shall pass through a single point.
Offset intersections of minor and major streets shall be spaced a minimum of 150 feet apart, measured from the points of intersection of the center lines.
Intersections on a main highway shall be spaced a minimum of 500 feet apart, measured from the points of intersection of the center lines.
Standards for all streets and highways shall be determined by the appropriate authorities.
Planting strips. All planting strips within the street rights-of-way shall be finish-graded, properly prepared and seeded or sodded with lawn grass in conformance with good nursery and landscape practice.
Monuments. Monuments shall be of reinforced concrete or stone and shall be four inches square, with a length of at least 24 inches, and shall be embedded the full depth.
The entire right-of-way shall be cleared of brush and trees, except those which will be an asset to the subdivision landscape.
All boulders, organic material, soft clay, spongy soil and other objectionable material shall be removed and replaced by material approved by the Town Engineer.
The subgrade shall be properly stabilized, shaped, rolled and uniformly compacted with a ten-ton roller to conform with the lines, grades and typical cross sections of this specification and the approved final plat profile drawings. The process of shaping, rolling and filling shall be repeated until no depressions develop.
All rutting, displacement or soft spots after the subgrade has been completed shall be properly repaired with new material, regraded and compacted.
When existing materials in the road are to be used for road-base material, that material shall be removed from the surface of the subgrade so that the subgrade may be properly prepared before the base is constructed.
Cuts and fills shall have a maximum slope of one or two from the edge of the right-of-way, except when specifically waived by the Planning Board and the Town Engineer for the purpose of saving trees or some particular terrain feature at the given place.
Land subject to periodic or occasional flooding shall not be platted for residential occupancy nor for any other use which may endanger life or property or aggravate the floor hazard, and further, such land within a plat shall be set aside for park purposes in addition to that area which is required in § A65-20E, subject to the approval of the Planning Board.
Manholes shall be provided in drain lines not more than 350 feet apart, and wherever branches are connected or sizes are changed, and wherever there is a change in alignment or grade.
Alignment of pipes shall be in a straight line between manholes.
Drain lines shall be placed between the center line of the road and the gutter line and shall, as far as practical, parallel the center line of the road.
Not more than two catch basins shall be interconnected before being connected to a manhole.
Surface drainage in gutters shall be limited to the equivalent of that flowing from 1.5 impervious acres; however, where the tributary impervious area exceeds the runoff from one impervious acre, a double inlet catch basin shall be used.
Drainage structures which are located on state or county highway rights-of-way shall be approved by the State or County Highway Engineers office, and a letter from said office indicating such approval shall be directed to the Town of Monroe Planning Board.
Subdivision design shall preserve, insofar as is possible, the natural terrain and natural drainage lines.
A conscious effort shall be made to preserve all worthwhile trees and shrubs which exist on a site. Such features may well be suggested for park or playground areas. On individual lots or parcels care shall be taken to preserve selected trees to enhance the landscape treatment of the development.
Natural fertility of the soil shall be preserved by disturbing it as little as is possible.
Open watercourses shall be recognized as community assets. Subdivision design may well be enhanced by featuring streams and brooks.
Where the property to be subdivided is next to, or includes, a railroad right-of-way, suitable provisions shall be made for such things as road crossings, screening and freight access, in recognition of the relationship between the railroad and the subdivision.