Orange County, Virginia

Code of Ordinances


Sec. 54-200. - Location.

All utility facilities, including but not limited to gas, electric power, telephone, and CATV cables, shall be located underground throughout any new major subdivision pursuant to a land use permit issued by VDOT. All utility facilities shall be shown in an easement on the preliminary plat and final plats and plan in the name of the utility owner/operator.

     (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-201. - Easements.

Utility easements of 15 feet in width, or greater, shall be provided on both sides of any dedicated street right-of-way for water, sewer, power and telephone lines, and other utilities in the subdivision. Such easements shall also be laid out so as to ensure continuity of utilities from lot to lot, block to block, and to adjacent property. Such utility easements shall be kept free of structures and wherever possible shall be located adjacent to property lines. The subdivision agent may require that easements for drainage through adjoining property be provided by the subdivider.

             (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-202. - Water supply.

For any new major subdivision as defined in section 54-5 of this chapter, water shall be provided through individual wells or a connection to a municipal system. For nonresidential subdivisions as defined in section 54-5, water shall be provided through individual wells, a community well, or public or community water system.

(1) Quality. Water quality requirements are defined in VDH waterworks regulations and the hydrogeologic test requirements.

(2) Quantity. If the proposed subdivision is to be served by groundwater wells, the sufficiency of the quantity of water shall be evidenced by tests conducted in accordance with the hydrogeologic test requirements. If it is to be served by an existing water system, the subdivider shall obtain a certificate of availability from the operator of the water system. If it is to be served by a new water system, the subdivider shall obtain the necessary permits from VDH and the state water control board, and approval of the design and written commitment to operate and maintain the system from an agency approved by the county.

(3) Administrative relief. Any subdivider who has performed the required tests, and whose test results report that either the quality or the quantity, or both, of available water does not meet the standards set forth in this section, may submit a preliminary plat, providing the test results and proposing remedies to the problem. Such remedies may include but shall not be limited to drilling additional wells, treating well water, or supplying water from some approved source other than wells. The county may approve the preliminary plat subject to the requirement that, before a final plat is approved, the subdivider shall meet or exceed the requirements.

(4) Fire protection. Fire hydrants shall be required where water is provided through a municipal water system. Fire hydrants shall be located no more than 1,000 feet apart and within 500 feet of any structure and shall be approved by the applicable fire protection unit. All underground utilities for fire hydrants, together with the fire hydrants themselves, and all other supply improvements shall be installed before any final paving of a street shown on the subdivision plat.

(5) Individual wells.

a. For family or minor subdivisions, individual wells may be used in accordance with VDH requirements.

b. In major subdivisions with a density equal to or less than one unit per two acres, or in nonresidential subdivisions, when connection to a municipal water system is not available, individual wells may be used in accordance with VDH requirements and Article 8 of this chapter.

      (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-203. - Wastewater treatment.

A public or community wastewater or sewer system shall be provided to remove wastewater from the proposed development without undue threat of contamination of surface water or groundwater. Plans for such a system shall be approved by VDH prior to submission of the final plat.

(1) Major subdivisions with a density greater than one unit per two acres shall be connected to a public or community wastewater or sewer treatment system. Major subdivisions with a density equal to or less than one unit per two acres may utilize individual septic systems for wastewater disposal in accordance with VDH regulations.

(2) Individual septic systems may be allowed in accordance with VDH regulations for family and minor subdivisions.

(3) No privately operated wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system or sewer systems will be permitted under this chapter without review and recommendation of the planning commission and approval by the board of supervisors.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Sec. 54-204. - Storm drainage.

Appropriate and adequate storm drainage systems shall be installed as required by VDOT and sections 26-31 et seq., such that the proposed development will not result in an undue increase in erosion or sedimentation to any downhill or downstream area, or such that the amount of post-development runoff for a two-year storm is not greater than the amount of pre-development runoff for a two-year storm. Plans for such systems shall be reviewed by the soil and water conservation district office, and approved by VDOT and the county, prior to the submission of the final plat.

Drainage easements shall be reserved where necessary, and shall be shown on the preliminary and final plat pursuant to section 54-176.

            (Ord. of 3-9-2010)

Secs. 54-205—54-210. - Reserved.