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Ordinance 1996-14

WHEREAS, The City Council of Johnson, Arkansas deem it necessary to have updated subdivision regulations to better
cope with increasing needs to insure quality development to keep pace with growth; and
WHEREAS, The Johnson Planning Commission has determined after lengthy study to establish updated guidelines for
subdivision development.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of Johnson, Arkansas, in regular session assembled as
The purpose of this ordinance is to .control the development of land within the City of Johnson, Arkansas.
The intent of this ordinance is designed to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens, to insure the development
of the city in accordance with present and future needs, order, convenience, prosperity and general welfare of the city in the process
of development; and to provide for an adequate street system for convenient and safe movement of traffic.
This ordinance shall control the development of land within the City of Johnson, Arkansas.

1-1 Authority - These subdivisions regulations are adopted in accordance with the authority granted by Act 186 of the
1957 General Assembly of the State of Arkansas.
1.2 Jurisdiction - The territorial jurisdiction of this ordinance includes the land within the corporate limits of the City of
Johnson, Washington County, Arkansas the planning area identified on the Planning Area Map adopted
on May 10,1994 by the Planning Commission.
1 -3 Purpose - The purpose of this ordinance is to set forth the procedures, requirements, and minimum standards
governing the subdivision of land under the jurisdiction of the City of Johnson, Arkansas. Development
of land means its division into two or more parcels, the extension or opening ofstreets (public or
private), the extension or provision of utilities such as water, gas, electrical, and or sanitary for the
purpose of providing access to and service of residential, commercial, or industrial users.
1.4 Intent - This ordinance is designed to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens, to insure
the development of the City of Johnson in accordance with present and future needs, morals, order,
convenience, prosperity, and general welfare of the City of Johnson in the process of development, and to
provide for an adequate street system for the convenient and safe movement of traffic.
1.5 Definitions - Certain words in this ordinance are defined for the purpose of clarity and are as follows:
a. Alley - A minor public way used primarily for vehicular service access to the back or side of
property abutting a street.
b. Building Line - A line parallel to the front (street) property line in front of which no structure may
be built.
c. Building Permit - A written permit issued by City of Johnson Inspection Department permitting
construction, erection, alteration, remodeling, or repair of a structure.
d. City Planning Commission - The commission created under Act 186 of 1957, as amended, to
consider and recommend plans and regulations relating to the present and future needs of the city
and its appropriate development
e. Comprehensive Plan - A long range plan for the planning area adopted by the City Council,
including plans for land use, streets, and community facilities.
f. Dedication - Land and improvements offered to the City, County, or State and accepted by them
for public use, control and maintenance.
g. Easement - A grant by the property owner of the use by the public, a corporation or person(s), of
strip of land for specific purposed.

h. Enforcement Officer - The chief building inspector of the City of Johnson, Arkansas.
i. Health Officer - The legally designated health authority of the City of Johnson or his authorized
j. Lot - A portion of the subdivision, or any parcel of land intended as a unit for transfer of
ownership or for development.
k. Manufactured Home - Any transportable residential structure manufactured into one- or more
sections which is ready to occupy after appropriate assembly and placement on a suitable
foundation once utilities are connected at the site of the occupancy.
1. Mobile Home - A vehicular portable structure, built on a chassis and designed to be used without
permanent foundation as a dwelling or for sleeping purposes.
m. Mobile Home Subdivision - Anyplotof ground of at least five(5) acres in size intended for
residential use and designed for the harmonious placement of mobile and manufactured homes.
n. Plat - A map or drawing containing information necessary to transfer, locate, and survey all
property indicated therein.
o. Street - A public way intended for vehicular traffic and providing the principal means of access to
the abutting property.
p. Sub divider - Any person, group, or other combination acting as a unit who desires to subdivide
land as defined in the definition of a subdivision below.
q. Subdivision - Any division of land intended as a unit of transfer or for the development within the
purpose and intent of these regulations.
r. Sidewalk - A pavement at the side of the street for pedestrians.
1.6 Variance - If the provisions of this ordinance are shown by the subdivider to cause undue hardship because of
some unique feature of the land, then the City Council may grant a variance provided the variance
will not have the effect to nullifying the intent and purpose of this ordinance. Notice procedure will follow the
guidelines set Forth in Section 3.9
1.7 Conformance with Official. Plans - Any subdivision shall, conform to the Comprehensive Growth_Plan and
associated plans, including the Major Street Plan, Community Facilities Plan, and other officially adopted plans of
the City, as well as, the accompanying ordinances and regulations adopted to help carry out those plans.
1.8 Area Subject to Flooding - Land subject to flooding shall not be subdivided until necessary corrective steps are
taken and/or a registered professional engineer certifies that said lands are no longer subject to flooding. Any home
built in a known flood plain will not be served by city utilities.
1.9 Right of City Council to Have Survey Made - "The City Council may have a survey made of the boundary of the
subdivision to determine if said description is correct. In the event there is an error in said description, the
subdivider shall pay for said survey and correct the boundary description to the satisfaction of the City Council.

2.-1 Acceptance of Plats - The enforcement officer shall not accept any sketch plan, preliminary plat, or final plat that
does not conform to the minimum requirements of this ordinance,
a. If the subdivider desires to develop only a potion of the total area intended for development, the
planning commission shall, require preliminary plat approval for the entire area to insure that the
purpose and intent of these regulations are complied with, and a final plat shall be required only
for the portions of the total area intended for present development, with additional final plat or
plats to be required for other portions of the area as developed.
Final plat on each phase shall not be approved prior to installation of" all required off-site
2.2 Appeal of decision of Enforcement Officer - The subdivider may appeal any decision of the enforcement officer to
the City Council by filing a letter of intent with the City Clerk, who shall place the matter on the agenda of the
next regular meeting of the City Council.
2.3 Concept Plan - Whenever a subdivider intends to subdivide or develop land within the meaning of these
regulations and before he prepares a preliminary plat, he shall file a letter of intent and sketch plan with the
enforcement officer indicating the type of development intended and giving a general description of the land to be
developed. Two(2) copies of the sketch plan shall be filed with, the enforcement officer, one(l) copy to be returned
to the subdivider with corrections and the other to be retained in the City Files.
a. The following information shall be indicated on the sketch plan:
(1) Location of all streets and alleys interconnecting and bordering the subdivision;
(2) General location of street within the subdivision;
(3) General size;
(4) Ownership(s) of property adjacent to subdivision ifnot platted;
(5) Legal description;
(6) Location, of property owned by public entities or by railroads and utilities when within or
adjacent to the subdivision;
(7) Location map showing section or sections in which subdivision is located.
(8) Research for any additional requirements needed, sidewalks, greenspace/parks, etc
b. The enforcement officer shall advise the subdivider in writing within ten( 10) working days after
presentation of the letter of intent and sketch that he may proceed with the preparation of the
preliminary plat so long as he conforms with plans currently in effect. The enforcement officer
shall also indicate what changes are necessary in the proposed division.
c. The preliminary plat, when prepared and accompanied by supporting documents, shall be
presented to the enforcement officer at least Forty five(45) days prior to the Planning Commission

meeting at which it is to be reviewed. The subdivider shall submit twenty five(25) copies of the
preliminary plat for approval.
d. The preliminary plat shall be distributed by the enforcement officer to the Technical. Review
Committee. The Technical Review. Committee shall consist of but not necessarily limited to a
representative of the following organizations:
1. Telephone or applicable phone service
2. Electric Companies
3. Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission
4. Water and Sewer Departments
5. Fire Department
6. Gas Companies
7. Cable Companies
8. Police Department
9. City Engineer
10. Enforcement Officer
e. The recommendations of the Technical. Review Committee shall be noted and presented to the
Planning Commission for consideration during their review and action on each subdivision.
2.4 Preliminary Plat Approval, and Expiration.
a. Preliminary'Plat - upon satisfying itself that all plans, requirements, and conditions noted on the
sketch plan have been met, the Planning Commission shall approve the preliminary plat. Any
conditions shall, be noted on one( L) copy of the preliminary plat and returned to the subdivider.
Such approval shall permit the subdivider to proceed with design required improvements and
preparations of final plat.
b. Expiration of Preliminary Plat Approval. - Preliminary plat approval shall expire one( t) year from
date of approval by the Planning Commission, provided the plans for required improvements and
the final plat have not been submitted for approval or the developer has not made any other
arrangements for extension of the approval date. The approval time may be extended by the
Planning Commission upon written, request of the subdivider..
2.5 Final Plat - The subdivider shall submit to the enforcement officer not less than twenty(20) days prior to the
planning commission meeting at which consideration is requested, one(l) original reproducible stable base with
sign off for each utility involved, Building Inspector, Planning Commission Chairman, and Mayor. Twenty
five(25) copies of the final plat, one(t) set of as-built plans, along with one(l) set of plans for improvements. Upon
meeting the conditions of the preliminary approval, the requirements for improvements and submission of any other
required documents, the subdivider shall be given final plat approval. Following approval, of the final plat by Ibe
Planning Commission, the plat shall be submitted to the City Council for approval and acceptance. Following the
City Council's approval of the final plat, the subdivider may file the plat with County Recorder.
2.6 Lot Split Procedure - To allow for the transfer of land ownership without requiring an official plat the following
lot split procedure is created. A lot split request shall, include a survey with legal, description and scaled drawing of
the parcel being split showing dimensions of the new parcel created and shall include all rights-of-way and
easements required for utilities and drainage. This survey shall be filed with the transfer documents if the request is
approved. Two(2) kinds of land ownership transfer are permitted under this procedure.

a. Transfer of land in a residential lot, with frontage on an existing dedicated road which meets the
Major Street Plan standards. No parcel shall be less than the minimum lot size required for sewer
or septic tank installation or required by the governing zoning district
b. Transfer portions of platted lots to correct errors in survey, building placement which created substandard
yard areas, or any other errors of a similar nature. To allow for the increase in lot area by
attaching portions of other lots or tracts, provided the part being split off and attached to another
tract is less than the minimum lot standard, and the remainder is greater than flve(5) acres.
In the case of splits involving tracts larger than a residential lot, no more than two(2) such splits shall be
allowed before a subdivision plat is required. The deed or other instrument of transfer shall be brought to
the enforcement officer for processing. The enforcement officer shall check to see that all subdivision
requirements, such as necessary easements, right-of-ways dedication, etc. are being met. The lot split
should reviewed by the Technical Review Committee. Guidelines for notice and filing procedures
are outlined in Section 3.9_Once the lot split has met all requirements the enforcement officer should stamp
the deed of instrument of transfer indicating the Planning Commission's approval and have it signed by the
Chairman of the Planning Commission, enforcement officer, and Mayor. The stamp should indicate the
lot split number and the date of approval. The end result of the lot split should not create any lots which
would be below the area standard adopted by the City of Johnson.
2.7 Information Required for Preliminary and Final Plat Submittal - Before the Planning Commission may grant
preliminary approval and final approval in respect to plat requirements, the subdivider shall show the following
information on the respective plats:
Preliminary Final.
Plat Plat
a. Name of subdivision X X
b. Boundary of subdivision with X X
description of enclosed property
c. Names and address of owner(s) X X
developer(s) and surveyors)
d. Acreage in subdivision tract X
e. Date, map, scale and north arrow X X
f. Location map showing section or X
sections in which located
g. Location of all streets (names to be X X
indicated) alleys, easements^sidewalks
within, interconnecting, and bordering
subdivision tract
h. Dimensions of sidewalks^ streets, alleys, X X
easements block, parcel, and lot lines
subtended, angles

I. Bearing of all lines not parallel, or X X
perpendicular to lines of known bearing.
Interior angles of lots may be shown in
' lieu of bearings. All bearings shall be
referred to true north
j. Location of monuments X
k. Location of building lines X X
1. Location of railroads and other property X X
owned by utilities(when applicable)
and all utilities and easements of record
m. Legal description, lot and block X
n. Certification of registered engineer X
o. Dedication of streets, alleys, and X
easements for public use
p. Show sidewalks two(2) feet back of curb X X
(both sides of street)
q. Street lights(spacing two hundred fifty • X X
(250) feet maximum) High pressure sodium
r. Drainage corrections with specifications X X
s. Show fire hydrants (spacing five hundred X X
(500) maximum feet)
t. Give written explanations as needed X X
e.g., off-site improvements.
u. Greenspace/parks with specifications X X
and maintenance
2.8 Scale - Plats shall be prepared at a scale of not more than one(l) inch equals two hundred(200) feet.
1.I Concept Plan - The sketch plan should generally be drawn to a scale not to exceed one inch( 1") equals two
hundred feet(200'). The location map should be drawn to a scale not to exceed one inch(l") equals two thousand
feet(2000*). The purpose of the sketch plan is to acquaint the City Council with the subdivider's intent to develop,
to acquaint the subdivider with the various plans and ordinances in effect, and to clear up certain basic questions
concerning design and necessary improvements. The information required before the sketch plan may be submitted
appears in Section 2.3
3.2 Preliminary Plat - The preliminary plat shall be drawn to scale not to exceed one inch(l") equals two hundred
feet(200'), (i.e., oneinch(l") equals one hundred feet(100') or one inch(l") equals fifty feet(50'). The information
required before the preliminary plat may be submitted appears in Section 2.4.
3.3 Final Plat - The final plat shall be drawn to scale, not to exceed one inch(l") equals two hundred feet(200T), on

stable base material using waterproof ink. The information required before the final, plat may be submitted appears
in Section II 2.5.
3.4 Streets - The following are general, standards to be used in the preparation of plats:
a. The internal pattern should be as such as will lead to normal desired lines of travel. The location and
alignment of local and collector streets should discourage "short-cuts" between major thoroughfares.
b. Intersections should be, insofar as practicable, at right angles but not less than sixty(60) degrees, and no
more than two(2) four(4)-way inters ections and should be avoided where possible. Street jogs with
centerline offsets of less than on e hundred twenty -five(l 25) shall not be permitted.
c. Street location should be such as to provide each lot with the desirable elevation, size, and shape which
will permit proper set-back of structures and their satisfactory placement on the lot.
d. Grades of streets shall be determined according to the prevailing terrain. Sufficient grade shall be provided
to insure drainage.
e. For streets not indicated on official plan, the arrangement of streets in the subdivision shall provide for the
continuation or appropriate projection of existing streets in the surrounding area except where
topographical or other conditions make continuance or conformance of existing streets impractical.
f. As a general rule, street stubs to adjacent undeveloped will be provided.
g. Street locations which create double frontage lots shall be discouraged,
h. The following are the standard for street design:
Local Collector Major Commercial
Streets Streets Streets Service Road
(min. Width)
Dead End Streets
(Max. Length
Cul-De-Sac Radius
Maximum Grade
Intersection to
Curb Cut
(Min. Distance)
50' 60' 80' 50'
500' no no no
50' no no no
12% 6% 6% 6%
20' - 40' 50 —
Minimum Paving 30' 36' 48' 24'

i. For developers of all property facing present paved streets the developer must curb and gutter
and pave to the present paving. The back of the curb shall be the distance from the center line of
the street one half( 1/2) its width according to the Johnson Master Street Plan.
j. The initial street sign installation cost will be the responsibility of the developer and will be installed
when the first lot is purchased. Signs will, adhere strictly to City specifications.
3.5 Blocks - The use of rectangular blocks longer than wide is encouraged in the interest of economy to the developer
and to the City in future maintenance of streets and other utilities. A block should not be less than four hundred
feet(400') or more than fourteen hundred feet(l 400') long.
3.6 Residential Lots - The shape of the residential lots shall not be required to conform to any stipulated pattern. Lots
should be of such shape as to best accommodate the type of house to be built in order to provide for adequate
spacing between, houses.
a. The minimum lot requirements shall, be as required by the zoning ordinance. In cases where the zoning
ordinance does not apply, the minimum requirements shall be as specified by this ordinance.
b. The minimum area of the lot shall be nine thousand(9,000) square feet,
c. The width of the lot at the building line shall be a minimum of seventy(70) feet.
d. Corner lots for residential use shall have extra width to permit appropriate building setback from
orientation to both streets.
3.7 Easements - All proposed plats shall allocate areas of suitable size and location, wherever necessary, for utility
easements. As a general principle, such easements shall be located on both sides of the rear lot line, and the
combined total width shall be twenty(20) feet. In certain, cases as required by the various utility companies, side lot
line easements will be requested.
a. The Planning Commission may require the subdivider to dedicate the right-of-way for expanding present
streets and to establish building lines to allow for future acquisition of right-of-ways for arterial streets, or
expansion of present streets.
3JJ Sidewalks
a. Sidewalks shall be installed, according to existing city standards^pecifications and ordinances
adopted by the City Council, along both sides of all streets and cul-de-sacs and around entire
circumference of the vehicular turn around in cul-de-sacs which lie with-in or abut to the plat. The
construction of all sidewalks shall be inspected by the enforcement officer to insure compliance with City
standards,specifications, and Ordinances.

3.9 Notice: The Planning Commission must conduct a public hearing on any petition for a change of lot splits and
variance requests before it can be considered for adoption by the City Council. A notice of the public hearing shall
be published in the newspaper of general circulation in the City of Johnson, Arkansas at least one(i) time
fifleen(15) days prior to the hearing. Fifteen(15) days prior to the hearing, the clerk shall have a sign, which
contains a copy of the notice and petition in clear weatherproof container stating the day, date, time and place for
the hearing, placed in a conspicuous place in the street right-of-way to the property. The city shall provide the sign
which shall be at least four(4) feet square and have the words "Lot Split Petition on This Property" or "Variance
Request on This Property", whichever is appropriate in black letters two(2) inches high at the top of the white sign.
A certified return receipt letter shall, be sent, fifteen(1.5) days prior to the hearing to each adjacent property
owner including property owners across streets and alleys. All variances and lot splits will be the responsibility of
the property owner to pay for advertising and mailing of letters to adjoining property owners by certified return
receipt mail with written certification by an abstract company on all topics.
4.0 All utilities in subdivisions shall be underground.
4.1 Concept Plan and Preliminary Plat - No information concerning actual improvements is required for either the
concept plan or preliminary plat.
4.2 Final. Approval - Final approval, shall be given after the approval of the plans for required improvements and when
the following have been met:
a. A contractual arrangement has been entered into with the City of Johnson to install necessary
b. A performance bond based on value of the estimated cost of the improvements.
c. A deposit with the City of a sum equal to the estimated cost of the improvements. The developer may be
permitted to draw on his deposit upon satisfactory completion of various stages of his improvements.
4.3 Water - Where public water is available, each lot shall be provided with water. Every subdivision within the water
service area of the City Johnson shall be provided with public water. Subdivisions outside the water service area
but within the planning area will be judged individually by the City Council.
All developments and developers will, be expected to install all improvements at their own expense to the
standards adopted by the City of Johnson. In the case of water, all lines in excess of two(2) inches shall be cast
iron, or other substance line approved by the appropriate water department and any lines under two(2) inches may
be plastic so long as it meets class 200 standards.
4.4 Sanitary Sewers - When the subdivision cannot be served by existing sanitary sewers, the disposal of sewage shall
be in accordance with standards established by the Arkansas State Board of Health. Sanitary sewers shall be
required in any subdivision within one thousand three hundred twenty feet( 1,320') of a public system.

4.5 'Street Improvements - In all subdivisions within the town limits and planning area of the City Johnson, the streets
shall be constructed in accordance with the Street Standards Ordinance. All street improvements shall be installed
at the developers expense to the standards adopted by the City of Johnson.
4.6 Drainage - Each subdivision shall provide a certified drainage study stamped by a professional engineer
registered in the State of Arkansas for adequate handling of surface water to the end that it is properly
discharged into natural drainage ways.
4.7 Monuments - The following requirements all govern, the conditions for and placement of monuments in all
a. Concrete monuments four inches(4") in diameter (or four inches(4") square) and thirty six inches(36")
long, withfour(4) one forth inch(l/4") or one half inch(l 72") metal reinforcing rods the length of the
monument, shall, be placed with the top flush to the ground at all. points of intersection of the boundary of
the subdivision, and at the corner of each forty(40) acre tract within the sxibdivision.
b. One(l)out of each four(4) monuments shall contain a brass plate indicating elevation based on main sea
level. (Control to be utilized is that of United States Geological Survey)
c. The location of. all monuments shall be shown on the final plat.
When mobile home parks are being developed., the following regulations are in addition to their
requirements of this ordinance. All procedures and regulations to establish a mobile home park
shall be the same as those for a regular subdivision(i.e. 2.1. of these regulations).
5.1 Unlawful location of mobile home or manufactured homes.
a. Mobile homes are permitted in mobile home parks located in districts zoned R.-4 and shall not be placed in
any other location in the City of Johnson.
b. Not more than one( 1.) mobile home may be placed on a standard residential, lot in a mobile home park.
c. It shall be unlawful to allow any manufactured home to be placed on a lot outside of a mobile home park
unless all local, state and federal requirements for a stick built home are met.
d. Any mobile home in a non-conforming zoning district prior to the effective date of adoption of this
ordinance shall be accepted until its use is discontinued or abandoned for stx(6) consecutive months. It
shall not thereafter be allowed in a non-conforming zone.
5.2 Location and Drainage - The mobile home park shall be located on a well drained site, and shall be so
located that it's drainage will not endanger any water supply. The park shall also be free of marshes, swamps, or
other potential breeding places for insects and rodents.
a. Common recreation space: There shall be at least three hundred(SOO) square feet of common recreation
space per manufactured home lot; however, the minimum, area of any common recreation area shall be
eight thousand(8,000) square feet, and the minimum width of any such area shall be sixty (60) feet. Each
required common recreation area shall be within three hundred(3 00) feet of each of the manufactured

homes it is intended to serve, measured along a route of pedestrian access. Such recreation area shall, be no
closer than twenty five(25) feet to any property line.
5.3 Sewage Disposal
a. Sewer lines and connections shall be constructed in accordance with plans approved in writing by the
Arkansas State Health Department and the appropriate water and sewer departments.
b. Each mobile home lot shaU be provided with at least a four(4) inch connection to a public sewer which
shall be adequately vented and laid with sufficient earth cover to prevent breakage from traffic.
5.4 Electrical Service - All electrical service lines to mobile home lots shall comply with applicable local, and state
electrical codes and ordinances.
5.5 Fuel. Source, - All mobile home lots shall be supplied with an approved electric or natural gas fuel source.
5.6 Fire Protection - The mobile home park shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the Johnson Fire
Prevention Authority.
5.7 Streets and Parking
a. The minimum street right-of-way in a mobile home park shall be forty(40) feet. The minimum paving width
shall be twenty six(26) feet from back to back curbing. Streets shall provide for continuous forward
movement, shall connect to a public street of highway and shall be hard surfaced and constructed in
accordance with the City's Street Standard Ordinance.
b. A minimum of two(2) off-street parking spaces, at least nine(9) feet by eighteen( 18} feet each, shall be
provided on each mobile home lot.
5.8 Building Permits and Certifications
a. The owner of a mobile home or manufactured home must submit an approved building permit for the home
before it can be registered. The owner must supply the necessary information to the building inspector and
the home installation must be inspected and approved before a building permit can be issued and
occupancy permitted.
b. Each mobile home or manufactured home in a mobile home park shall be registered with the City of
Johnson. The register shall be maintained by the City Clerk/Recorder/Treasurer and shall contain the
1. The subdivision lot number.
2. The manufacturer, date of manufacture., model and licensing number of the home including all
federal certifications.
3. The date of original installation of the home on the lot.
4. The names and addresses of the original owner and occupant.
5. The names and addresses of the current owner and occupant.

6. In the event of transfer of ownership of the new owner must register ownership with the City of
Johnson within thirty(30) days of purchase.
5.9 Plat Requirements
a. The following should be included in all mobile home park plats:
1. Location and width of all roadway paving and sidewalks.
2. Location and dimensions of all on-site parking spaces and pre-constructed mobile home
5.10 Bulk and Area Requirements
a. The total area of the mobile home park shall be at least flve(5) acres and large enough to accommodate:
1. The designated number of mobile or manufactured homes.
2. Necessary streets and roadways.
3. Parking areas for motor vehicles.
4. Common area to be used for park and playground.
b. Minimum lot area and yard requirements are as follows:
Lot Area Lot Front Side Side Yard Rear
(sq. ft.) width Setback* Yard On Street Yard
5,000' 40' 50' 10' 10' 50'
*Measured from street right-of-way. All other yards measured
from property line.
In addition to the City of Johnson's regular subdivision zoning regulations,
these are the "Estate Subdivision" regulations.
6.1 Procedure - All procedures and regulations to establish an Estate Subdivision shall be the same as those for a
regular subdivision (i.e., Section 2. L) with these exceptions:
a. An Estate Subdivision shall consist of ten(l 0) acres or more located in areas (but not necessarily limited to
such areas) where sewer or other utilities are not available or not feasible or the terrain is such as to make
a regular subdivision unacceptable.
b. Estate Subdivision lots shall be a minimum of one(l) acre in size.
c. All available utilities shall be buried under ground.

a. Generally, the developer shall be required to install off-site improvements, where the need for such •
improvements are created in whole or in part by the proposed development. Any required off-site
improvements shall be installed according to town standards. The developer shall be required to bear that
portion of the cost of off-site improvements which bears a rational connection to the needs created by the
b. In determining that portion of the cost of off-site improvements which the developer shall be required to
bear, the Planning Commission shall consider the acreage within the proposed development as a
percentage of all the acreage which when fully developed, will benefit from the off-site improvements;
provided, the Planning Commission may use a different method of measurement if it determines that use of
the acreage standard will, not result in the developer bearing the portion of the cost which bears a rational,
connection to the needs created by the development.
c. When a proposed development has access to paved streets or roads only by way of substandard or
unimproved roads or streets leading from the development to the paved streets or roads, the developer shall
be responsible for contributing his proportionate share of the cost of improving the substandard .access
roads or streets to existing stano"ards.
d. Off-site drainage improvements shall be required whenever a proposed development causes the need for
such improvements.
e. The Planning Commission, may table or reject any development until all funding for off-site improvements
is agreed to by all concerned parties.
On any proposed amendments to these regulations, the Planning Commission shall hold a public hearing,
for which fifteenf 15) days advance notice in a local newspaper of general, distribution has been
published. Following such hearing, the City Council may adopt the amendment or amendments as
recommended by the Planning Commission or as determined by a majority vote of the Town Council.
9.1 Enforcement.
a. The provision of this ordinance shall be administered by an enforcement officer designated by the City

b. No structure shall be erected, moved, added to or structurally altered, without a building permit. All.
applications for building permits shall provide such information as is necessary to determine conformance
with these regulations.
9.3 Penalty for a Violation. If the enforcement officer shall find that the provisions of this ordinance are being violated
and shall notify in writing the person responsible for such violation, indicating the nature of the -violation and
ordering the action to correct it, should the person, firm, corporation, or agent responsible for said violation fail, to
take the necessary action to correct it, the enforcement shall notify the City Council, which shall certify the
violation to the city attorney. The city attorney shall, within seven(7) days, apply to court having jurisdiction to
remove the violation. Each day a violation exists after notification by the enforcement officer is a separate offense.
The violator may be also charged with a misdemeanor and be subject to a fine not less than $25.00 nor more than
. If any paragraph, sentence or clause of this ordinance shall be declared invalid by a court of competent
jurisdiction, such determination of invalidity shall not affect the remaining portion of this ordinance.
All ordinances or parts of ordinances of the City of Johnson in conflict with this ordinance are hereby
It has been found and is hereby declared by the City Council of the City of Johnson, Arkansas, in
regular session assembled, that this ordinance is immediately required in order to lessen congestion in the
streets; to secure safety from fire and other dangers to promote healthful living conditions; to provide
adequate light and air; to prevent the over-crowding oFland and undue concentration, of population; to
stabilize property values and to insure the orderly development of the community for general welfare of the
Therefore, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this ordinance being necessary for the
preservation of the public peace, health, and safety shall be in full force and effect from date of its