Borough of Mount Oliver, PA
Allegheny County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
Streets shall be constructed to grades and cross sections as cited on, and presented with, the plans and street profiles, in conformance with borough specifications. (See § 219-21J.)
B. 
Street shoulders shall be graded to the full width of the street right-of-way [minimum fifty (50) feet], in accordance with borough construction standards, and thoroughly compacted by rolling all shoulders.
C. 
The subgrade of a street shall be brought to the proper grade and contour and shall be rolled and cross-rolled. All soft spots shall be removed. These soft spots shall be recompacted with a suitable firm material, approved by the Borough Engineer, before the placing of any base material.
D. 
No base course shall be placed until the subgrade has been inspected and approved by the borough.
A. 
Pipe underdrain, stone underdrain or subgrade drains shall be constructed according to current borough specifications, subject to approval of drawings and design by the Borough Engineer, in areas where springs, poor soil drainage conditions, wet weather springs or other conditions exist that require underground drainage.
B. 
If during construction unknown adverse drainage conditions are encountered by the developer, the Borough Engineer shall be notified and such conditions shall be corrected at the direction of the Borough Engineer.
C. 
Cross drains of a minimum fifteen-inch reinforced concrete pipe shall be placed wherever necessary to transfer the water across the road in the natural watercourse and at road intersections whenever needed.
D. 
When laying out plans to be submitted for approval by the Borough Council, suitable easements shall be provided for drainage rights-of-way in the natural watercourses or be provided for stormwater drains, where necessary.
A. 
The requirements of curbs or curbs and gutters may vary in accordance with the character of the area and density of development involved.
B. 
The type of curbs used, when specified by the developer or when required by the governing body, are to be approved by and subject to the Borough Engineer's approval before installation. At a minimum, paving of cartway shall be at least twenty-four (24) feet in width plus two-foot asphalt wedge curbs or approved equal by the Borough Engineer.
A. 
All street construction, including subbase and wearing course, shall be constructed in accordance with borough specifications.
B. 
The Borough Council may specify an alternate pavement design where the drainage of the subgrade, the size of the development and the nature of the traffic warrant.
C. 
All construction work, including grading, drainage, base course and surfacing, shall be performed by the developer or his representatives under the direct supervision of the Borough Engineer or the borough's authorized representative, and all costs for said supervision shall be paid by the developer prior to the final acceptance by the borough.
D. 
The developer shall furnish record plans of all streets as actually constructed for the files of the Mount Oliver Borough Council, the cost of this to be paid by the developer.
A. 
Base course requirements shall be as follows:
(1) 
Construction shall be started with one (1) inch of fine slag or limestone for an inverted choke.
(2) 
The base course shall be constructed of at least ten (10) inches of crushed aggregate No. 3A or its equivalent rolled in two (2) five-inch lifts with at least a roller of ten (10) tons or more.
(3) 
The base course of crushed aggregate will be topped with one (1) inch of fine slag or limestone for top choke.
B. 
A binder course shall be of two and one-half (2 1/2) inches of bituminous 1D-2 and a one-inch wearing surface of bituminous 1D-2A, to be rolled as per current specifications of the Pennsylvania Department of Highways.
C. 
The one-inch ID-2A wearing course bituminous plant-mixed surface shall be placed on the prepared base to meet the requirements of the specifications of the Pennsylvania Department of Highways Form 408.
D. 
Asphalt roads shall be prepared as described in this section, except that after the asphalt binder is applied, the road shall be covered with an FJ-1 scratch coat.
E. 
After ninety percent (90%) of the homes are constructed in all phases planned, if construction is in phases, or two (2) years has lapsed since application of the FJ-1 coat, an asphalt wearing course as specified in Subsection C of this section shall be applied. The term "constructed," as used above, shall mean when the Borough Building Inspector has inspected and approved the foundation and framing.
F. 
The borough may assume only snow removal of the roads after the FJ-1 scratch coat has been applied.
G. 
After the asphalt wearing course has been applied and the roads inspected by the borough, the road, if desired by the developer and constructed in accordance with this chapter and any other applicable ordinance, law, rule or regulation, may be accepted by the borough.
A. 
Sidewalks, when required by the governing body, shall be constructed in conformity with borough specifications as determined and approved by the Borough Engineer or his authorized agent.
B. 
All phases of construction shall be in accordance with this chapter and design standards established and approved by the borough; the forms shall be inspected prior to pouring, and finished walks shall be inspected by the Borough Engineer or his authorized agent.
C. 
Pedestrian interior walks may be required where necessary to assist circulation or provide access to community facilities. Such crosswalks shall have a width of not less than ten (10) feet and a paved walk of not less than four (4) feet.
D. 
Sidewalks may be required on both sides of the street in subdivisions where single-family detached, semidetached and multifamily structures are planned and in those subdivisions that have a typical lot width at the building setback line of one hundred (100) feet or less. Sidewalks may also be required in subdivisions where lots are greater than one hundred (100) feet wide, if the character of the neighborhood is such that it would be deemed necessary or if it would be desirable to continue sidewalks that are existing in adjacent subdivisions or to provide access to community facilities such as schools, shopping areas and recreation areas.
Street name signs shall be installed at each street intersection in accordance with the type of materials, designs and standards established by the governing body for use throughout the borough.
All storm drainage facilities shall be adequately designed for the anticipated runoff when the area is fully developed, using criteria or other methods approved by the Borough Engineer. Storm drainage facilities shall comply with, but are not limited to, the following:
A. 
Storm sewers shall be located in the street right-of-way or in designated drainage easements.
B. 
All pipe culverts and related installations used in the construction of storm sewers shall be in accordance with standards and specifications of the borough, county or state, as designated and approved by the Borough Council and Engineer.
C. 
Manholes or inlets will generally be required at changes in alignment and grade; however, curvature may be permitted if not in excess of one hundred fifteen percent (115%) of the manufacturer's minimum recommended degree of curvature.
D. 
At no time will roof drains or foundation drains be allowed to be connected to a sanitary sewer system.
E. 
Any springs encountered during construction shall be piped and connected to the storm sewer system or extended to a natural watercourse, as may be approved by the Borough Engineer.
F. 
Concrete headwall and splash aprons shall be constructed at the outfall of all storm sewers. Where watercourses are piped and filled, concrete headwalls and splash aprons shall be constructed at both ends of the pipe.
G. 
Whenever construction stops or concentrates the natural flow of surface drainage in such a way as to affect adjoining properties, written approval must be obtained from the adjoining property owners. Where storm drainage is piped onto adjoining properties other than natural watercourses, written permission, a release of damages and right-of-way must be obtained from the adjoining property owners before the storm sewers are taken over by the borough. Approval of plans by the borough does not authorize or sanction drainage affecting adjoining properties.
H. 
All bridges and culverts shall be designed to support expected loads and to carry expected flows and shall meet the current specifications and standards of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation.
I. 
A complete drainage plan of the subdivision shall be submitted, including all necessary storm sewers and appurtenances, the design of which is based on a ten-year storm frequency, except in those areas where, in the judgment of the Borough Engineer or Borough Council, the likelihood of exceptional damage resulting from stormwater is such that additional design criteria is required. The drainage plan shall show the method of drainage of adjacent and contiguous territory and the method of disposal of all stormwater collected. The drainage plan shall be accompanied by design calculations.
J. 
The storm drainage system shall be provided as necessary to:
(1) 
Discharge stormwater runoff into common natural watercourses.
(2) 
Adequately drain all low points along streets.
(3) 
Intercept street stormwater runoff at intervals related to the extent and grade of the area drained.
(4) 
Provide positive drainage away from sewage facilities.
(5) 
Handle existing off-site runoff through the subdivision.
(6) 
Ensure safe and proper disposal of stormwater where open watercourses are planned, through adequate safety, erosion and aesthetic measures.
K. 
Stormwater management shall meet all state, county and local standards.
Monuments shall be placed at all block corners, angle points, points or curves in streets and intermediate points as determined by the Borough Engineer. Monuments shall be permanent reference monuments of a precast concrete or a durable stone, thirty by six (30 x 6) inches, with forty-five-degree beveled edges, and shall be set a minimum of two (2) feet in depth.
Should the subdivider plan to provide trees, their proposed location, spacing and species must be submitted for approval to the governing body.
A. 
Assessment fees specified for recreational purposes shall be paid to the borough at the time of filing the application and submission of plans for a subdivision. Funds shall be put in escrow and used by the borough for public recreation purposes.
B. 
The borough shall have the option of requiring the developer to set aside ground for recreation purposes at a rate of one-hundredth (1/100) acre for each single-family dwelling unit in subdivisions of one hundred (100) or more units.
C. 
Parks and recreation facilities developed totally or in part with the resources specified hereunder shall be established consistent with the following criteria:
(1) 
Recreation facilities and areas shall be located in a manner to best serve the municipality and the future inhabitants of the development or subdivision.
(2) 
Recreation facilities and areas shall be located on land that is topographically suitable for recreation, safe from traffic and other safety hazards and readily accessible to the general public.
D. 
If the Borough Council and the Planning Commission determine that such public parks or playgrounds are to be abandoned or deemed unnecessary, then, by a joint written agreement of the Borough Council and Planning Commission, the recreational areas so designated may be sold. Moneys from such a transaction are to be put in escrow and held for use in the development of new public parks or playgrounds, the location of the same to be determined by the Borough Council upon the advice of the Planning Commission and Recreational Committee.
A. 
In wooded areas or where other natural conditions exist in such a manner that their presence adds to the desirability of a subdivision, the governing body shall require that the subdivider preserve as much of the original vegetation and natural conditions as is economically feasible and require that a minimum of grading be done other than the grading and excavating that is required in the construction of the improvements, in accordance with the standards included herein.
B. 
All development and earthmoving activities subject to applicable law under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, Title 25, Chapter 102, Erosion Control, shall be complied with:
(1) 
The developer shall notify the County Conservation District immediately upon making application for building permit involving an earthmoving activity that affects five (5) or more acres of land.
(2) 
The borough shall not issue a building permit for a development until it has been determined that the earthmoving activities require a permit, or verification that no permit is required, from the Department of Environmental Resources, pursuant to § 102.41 and 102.42, relating to permit requirements, of Title 25, Chapter 102, Erosion Control.
C. 
In cases where the cross slope exceeds ten percent (10%) as shown on the grading plan, sod or seed shall be required to retain soil and prevent damage to finished street or lot grades. In all cases where the developer removes the sod, he shall, immediately upon completion of grading (weather permitting), reseed such areas with common farm grass. In cases where the home builder creates side terraces, they shall, immediately upon completion of grading, be seeded with perennial rye grass or better.
A. 
If water is supplied from other than private wells on individual lots, the developer shall verify that the water supply is from a public utility having a certificate of public convenience from the PUC, a bona fide lot owners' association or a municipal entity.
B. 
If public water is available or planned for the area, it shall be utilized for every subdivision of ten (10) lots or more. Public water service is deemed to be available where the distance from the access point of a main to the beginning point of a distribution system for the plan is eight hundred (800) feet or less.
C. 
The developer shall supply and install all materials associated with the fire hydrant(s) as well as the fire hydrants themselves.
D. 
The materials and installation thereof shall comply with the requirements set forth by the local water utility company and by the municipality.
A. 
Sanitary sewer service is deemed to be available where the average distance from a main to the beginning point of a collection system for the development is eight hundred (800) feet or less, unless the service is not topographically feasible.
B. 
If public sewers are available or definitely planned for the area, the developer shall extend the main line to serve all lots in the subdivision. This main line extension shall be designed and constructed according to the specifications of the utility authority that provides sanitary sewer services.
C. 
Where municipal sewers are not available, the installation of a private sanitary sewage treatment plant and other appurtenances shall be subject to approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and the governing body.
(1) 
In areas of the borough not presently served by public sewers but in which they are to be installed within a reasonable time, in the opinion of the Planning Commission based on studies of the area, the Commission may require that capped sewer mains and house connections be installed in all subdivisions of twenty (20) lots or more in addition to the required on-site facilities. The plans for the installation of a sanitary sewer system shall be prepared for the subdivision and approved by the engineer of the municipal authority to which it will be connected and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. The engineer or authorized representative of the Municipal Authority shall inspect the sewer line before it is covered over. Upon completion of the sanitary sewer installation, one (1) copy of each of the plans for such system as built shall be filed with the municipality and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
(2) 
In instances of severe conditions deemed unsuitable for on-site septic systems, the Planning Commission may recommend that the governing body require that the developer shall install adequate sewage treatment facilities as approved by the Borough Engineer and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. In these cases, plans for such sewage treatment facilities instead of on-site septic systems must be approved by the above-mentioned Departments before final approval of the subdivision may be given.
D. 
Private sewage disposal systems on individual lots shall be laid out and constructed in compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources regulations.
E. 
No building permit will be issued for any construction or subdivision development until either an individual sanitary sewage disposal system, a sanitary sewage treatment plant installation or connection to a municipal sewerage system has been approved by the governing body or authorized agent thereof and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537), as amended.[1]
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Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 750.1 et seq.
F. 
No subdivision shall be approved for development by the governing body until the developer provides certification that mutually acceptable agreements have been reached between the developer and applicable private or municipal utility authorities relative to utility system installations, maintenance, ownership of facilities, tap fees and other related considerations.
The developer shall install streetlights at all intersections shown on the approved plans and at other locations within the subdivision as deemed necessary by the Borough Council and Planning Commission. Such streetlights shall conform to Duquesne Light specifications for contemporary-type pole luminaries. Specific pole units shall include PE Control No. 36363, Luminarie No. 36640, two-hundred-fifty-watt Mercury Vapor Lamp No. 32877 and fourteen-foot pole No. 201202. Installation details to be followed are described in Duquesne Light specifications VG8-1.
A. 
No developer shall proceed with the construction of any utilities or improvements or make connection to any existing borough facility or utility system without proper inspection by an authorized official or representative thereof. Drawings and specifications shall be provided in sufficient detail to show the form, construction and method of installation of the following and shall accompany or otherwise be a part of the subdivision plan:
(1) 
Streets, gutters and culverts.
(2) 
Storm sewers and surface drainage facilities.
(3) 
Water system.
(4) 
Sanitary sewers and septic tanks.
(5) 
Survey monuments.
B. 
No person shall dig or make any cuts or changes whatsoever in the cartway, gutters or rights-of-way of any borough, county or state road without first obtaining required permits.
C. 
No person shall connect to any waterline or storm or sanitary sewer without obtaining a permit and paying the proper connection charge.
D. 
Grade stakes shall be set and cut sheets prepared and a copy furnished to the Borough Secretary and Engineer before any work is started.
E. 
The developer shall notify the Borough Engineer at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to his intention to proceed with the construction or installation of said streets and improvements or any other work related to the improvements.
F. 
Inspection reports shall be prepared by an inspector authorized by the governing body.
G. 
Upon completion of the required improvements, a plan and profile of the improvements in the subdivision or land development as constructed shall be filed with the borough.
H. 
In all respects in which standards for required improvements are not set forth herein or specified by the governing body hereunder, the applicable state and municipal standard requirements shall govern.