In an effort to streamline the development process, it is good practice to review, update and consolidate municipal development servicing standards in an easy-to-use Development Standards Manual.
A Development Standards Manual is both a technical design and business process manual intended to provide clarity for internal staff, contractors, developers, consulting engineers/designers and others to use when submitting development applications/plans to the Municipality. It clearly defines the Municipality's expectations and requirements for new developments. It also clearly lays out the goals as a Municipality when redeveloping existing areas similar to new developments. Setting a known standard can create consistency throughout the Municipality.
Specifically, a Development Standards Manual sets out:
- Development requirements prior to construction (i.e. subdivision/site plan agreements, plans, design drawings, consulting engineer, fees, etc.).
- Design criteria, specifications and site-specific development requirements (i.e. road widths and depths, sanitary, water, storm, sidewalks, bike lanes, walking trails, multi-use paths, street lighting, other servicing, etc.) These would also apply to redevelopment on existing Municipal Right of Way (R.O.W.), and other infrastructure completed by the Municipality.
- Requirements after construction (i.e. Municipal inspections, maintenance periods, Municipal acceptance of services, record drawings, etc.).
- A minimum level of service that Chatham-Kent is looking to achieve in both new developments and existing neighbourhoods.
Development Standards Manual
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