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20.01 General Provisions; Consistency with Master Plan; Right to Farm
20.02 Development Permits
20.04 Application Process and Official Filing Date
20.06 Decision by the Director
20.08 Review by Advisory Body
20.10 Review and Decision by Planning Commission
20.100 Public Facilities and Improvement Standards
20.12 Review and Decision by Board of County Commissioners
20.14 Conditional Approval
20.20 Notice Provisions
20.200 Surveys
20.220 Installing Utilities Underground
20.24 Public Hearing Procedures
20.28 Post Decision Proceedings
20.30 Expiration of Approval of Development Permit
20.300 Impact Fees
20.32 Revocation of Permit
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20.38 Board of Adjustment
20.40 Fees
20.400 Development Agreements
20.44 Rounding of Quantities
20.440 Density Bonus Agreements
20.460 Reimbursement Agreements
20.470 Maintenance Districts
20.471 Maintenance District 1 - Monterra
20.50 Floodplain Management
20.500 Transfer Development Rights
20.550 Growth Management
20.560 Building Permit Allocation and Growth Management
20.600 General Provisions
20.602 Pre-application Conference
20.604 Special use permits
20.606 Variances
20.608 Amendment to Master Plan
20.610 Zoning Administration
20.612 Specific Plan
20.614 Design Review
20.618 Sign Permit
20.620 Temporary Use Permit
20.650 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.654 Agriculture and Forestry and Range Districts
20.656 Residential Districts
20.658 Non-Residential Districts
20.660 Use Regulations
20.662 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use District Specific Standards (Table)
20.664 Agricultural, Forest and Range, and Residential Land Use Specific Standards
20.666 Non-Residential Specific Standards for Permitted, Development Permitted and Special use permit Uses (Table)
20.668 Non-Residential Uses Specific Standards
20.672 Livestock Overlay (LO) Zoning District
20.674 Manufactures Housing (MH) District
20.675 Mixed-use Commercial (MUC) Overlay District
20.676 Planned Development (PD) Overlay District
20.678 Residential Office (RO) Overlay District
20.680 Genoa Historic (GH) Overlay District
20.682 Clustered Residential Subdivision (CR) Overlay
20.685 Gaming District (GD) Overlay
20.690 Property Standards
20.691 Property Maintenance
20.692 Off-Street Parking and Loading
20.694 Landscape Standards
20.696 Sign and Advertising Control
20.698 Nonconforming Uses and Structures
20.700 Applicability and Procedures
20.702 Zoning Districts and Standards
20.703 Tahoe Area Plan Regulations
20.704 General Provisions
20.708 Subdivision Application Procedure and Approval Process
20.712 Parcel Maps
20.714 Division of Agricultural Land for Conservation Purposes
20.716 Division of Land into Large Parcels
20.718 Division of Land for Agricultural Purposes
20.720 Assurance for Completion and Maintenance of Improvements
20.768 Land Readjustment
20.770 Boundary Line Adjustment
20.800 General Provisions
20.810 Administration
20.820 Building Permits
20.830 Site Improvement Permits
20.840 Encroachment Permits
20.900 Numbering Structures and Naming Streets
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Title 20 Consolidated Development Code
20.220 Installing Utilities Underground
20.220.010 Purpose
20.220.020 Definitions
20.220.030 Applicability
20.220.040 Exemptions
20.220.050 Hardship waiver
20.220.060 Compliance with standards prerequisite to issuance of building permit

20.220.010 Purpose
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health and safety of Douglas County residents, and to maintain and enhance the aesthetic qualities and character of urbanizing areas through the requirement of installing certain new utilities, including electric distribution lines, telephone lines and cable television underground. (Ord. 996, 2002; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996)
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20.220.020 Definitions
The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter, are defined as follows: 
    A.  "Cost of installing utilities underground" means the cost of placing utility service underground, as determined by a Nevada registered engineer’s cost estimate, stamped and signed by the engineer, or by an estimate of cost from the utility company as approved by the county engineer. 
    B.  "District" or "underground utility district" means any special district established by the county pursuant to NRS 704A that is specifically formed to convert poles, overhead wires and associated overhead facilities to underground facilities. 
    C.  "New structure" means a new free standing structure that has utility service; a structure to which additions, alterations, or repairs within any one-year period exceed 50 percent of the building area of the existing structure; or a building that is moved to another location or relocated on the same parcel. The definition includes single family residences and commercial structures. 
    D.  "Normal maintenance" means routine utility maintenance and minor system upgrades that are required to meet current industry standards, including any of the following: 
        1.  Adding two wires to existing poles with wires to make a three phase electrical system or adding an additional phone wire to an existing overhead phone wire. 
        2.  Replacing existing poles with poles up to ten feet taller above ground.
        3.  Replacing existing electrical distribution or phone wires with larger diameter wires or replacing existing metal wire with fiber-optic cable. 
        4.  Replacing outdated equipment with new equipment. 
    E.  "On-site" means that area within, and including, the property lines of real property and extending to the centerline of any abutting street or road. 
    F.  "Project" valuation means the following: 
        1.  For projects requiring design review, the total valuation of the proposed development as determined by the currently adopted valuation tables of the building official for new structures; or 
        2.  For divisions of land, the valuation of each parcel created, including public and private on-site improvements, as determined by a Nevada certified appraiser, exclusive of existing structures.
    G.  "Utility" means electricity, telephone and cable television. 
    H.  "Utility service" means facilities for the provision, distribution, or transmission of electricity, telephone and cable television, including wires, conduit, poles, supports, transformers, insulators, switches, and related or appurtenant facilities. (Ord. 996, 2002; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 390, 1981; Ord. 158, 1967)
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20.220.030 Applicability
    A.  All on-site utilities servicing a division of land created by subdivision map or parcel map, or a new structure must be installed underground, unless exempted in section 20.220.040 
    B. Any new line extensions, including utility extensions and extensions required to service a division of land created by subdivision map or parcel map or a new structure must be installed underground, commencing from the terminus of the existing utility service for the length of the extension or the project site, unless exempted in section 20.220.040; 
    C.  Any new line extensions or modifications to existing overhead facilities requiring the placement of new utility lines must be installed underground, unless exempted in section 20.220.040. (Ord. 996; 2002; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 390, 1981; Ord. 158, 1967)
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20.220.040 Exemptions
The following types of facilities are exempted from the provisions of this chapter:     
    A.  Existing poles, overhead wires and associated utility services, and any appurtenant structures and equipment such as surface mounted transformers, pedestal-mounted terminal boxes and meter cabinets; 
    B.  New or modifications to poles, overhead wires and associated utility services that are used for the transmission of electric energy at a nominal voltage of 33,000 volts or higher, and any appurtenant structures and equipment such as surface mounted transformers, pedestal-mounted terminal boxes and meter cabinets; 
    C.  Temporary poles, overhead wires and associated utility services used or to be used in conjunction with construction projects;     
    D.  Temporary poles, overhead wires and associated utility services for a temporary use when a temporary use permit has been issued and when the permit requires removal of the temporary utility service upon completion of the temporary use;     
    E.  Normal maintenance and minor system upgrades performed by a public utility doing work governed by the rules, regulations and tariffs of the public utility commission;     
    F.  Emergency poles, overhead wires, and utility services to be installed and maintained for a period not to exceed ten days, with the approval of the director; 
    G.  Whenever an underground service district has already been formed or is projected to be formed pursuant to NRS 704A;     
    H.  The replacement of a panel on an existing structure that has an existing overhead service; 
    I.  Whenever an unreasonable hardship has been found and a waiver granted by the hearing body pursuant to section 20.220.050 below. (Ord. 966, 2002; Ord.801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 390, 1981; Ord. 158, 1967)
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20.220.050 Hardship waiver
    A.  Whenever the requirement of installing utilities underground causes an unreasonable hardship, the owner or owners of the real property which is subject to the approval, or the utility, may apply to the hearing body for relief from the provisions of this chapter. The request must be in writing and contain a detailed description of the utility services proposed to be placed underground and for a financial hardship waiver the separate itemized cost estimates of the project valuation and cost of the line extension above ground and underground.     
    B.  The hearing body may grant relief after hearing the request for a waiver if the approval is consistent with the intent and purposes of this chapter and one of the following findings can be made: 
        1.  The cost of installing the new underground utilities that are required to serve a division of land created by a subdivision map or parcel map, or a new structure, in comparison to the cost of an above ground utilities is disproportionate to the total cost of the project and the increased cost due to installing the utilities underground exceeds 20 percent of the project valuation; 
        2.  The installation of underground utilities in rural areas, outside of urban service areas, is impractical or unreasonable due to topographic, soil or other conditions including the existence of overhead lines adjacent to the project, when it is on an existing lot or it is a utility initiated line extension. (Ord. 996, 2002; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 390, 1981; Ord. 158, 1967)
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20.220.060 Compliance with standards prerequisite to issuance of building permit
A building permit will not be issued for any construction of a new structure nor will a permit for land development be issued unless the applicant’s plans comply with the provisions of this chapter and appropriate conditions of approval have been required, or until the applicant has obtained a waiver of the requirements. (Ord. 996, 2002; Ord. 801, 1997; Ord. 763, 1996; Ord. 390, 1981; Ord. 158, 1967)
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