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Addressing Policy R-01-46
Clear Creek County Addressing Policy (R-01-46).
1.1     Clear Creek County Mapping Department is responsible for assigning and maintaining all addresses and street/road names in unincorporated Clear Creek County. The assignments are to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Clear Creek County and to avoid the duplication of the addresses in Clear Creek County.
1.2    Clear Creek County Mapping Department has the responsibility and the authority to change an address or street/road name when deemed necessary in accordance with procedures.
1.3    The County Addressing System is based on the Milepost Addressing System.
            1.3.1 Assign address in each mile based on the following procedure:
                - Odd numbers on the west side of the South to North roads
                - Odd numbers on the east side of North to South roads
                - Odd numbers on the north side of the West to East roads
                - Odd numbers on the south side of the East to West roads

            1.3.2 For measurement purposes the beginning of a road will be at the center of the intersection where the road begins. The distance along a road will be measured from the beginning of the road proceeding along the center line of the road to the point perpendicular to the location that needs the address.

            - convert this distance to thousandths of a mile
            - disregard the decimal point and use this as the address

            1.3.3 Example:

                    - if the driveway is 2 miles and 3,263 feet from the point of origin then
                     13823 ft               =      2.618 miles, so the address would be 2618
                      5280 ft./mi.


   - If the road is a South-North road and the location of the address is on the east side then the correct address is 2618. If the location to be addressed is on the west side then the address is 2617.
                - If the road is Clear Creek Drive, then the official address is 2618 Clear Creek Drive.
                - Measurements will be made by either an accurate odometer or by GIS or G.P.S. measurement techniques, provided accurate mapping is available for that particular area.

1.4    Clear Creek County assigns addresses to structures only. New addresses are assigned at the point a building permit is issued. The reason for this is so that we do not have numerous addresses associated with structures that are not completed (i.e. for assigning it at an earlier point in the development process). Also, parcels may have more that one access road and the one used would depend on the building location. The only exception made to this rule is the assignment of a TEMPORARY address which can ONLY be assigned at the point of the Driveway Permit.

        1.4.1 TEMPORARY ADDRESSES:

Temporary addresses may be assigned based on the detailed site plan submitted for the Driveway Permit Application, if requested and all necessary information is provided. We allow this to assist the applicant in setting up all paperwork for the development of the property (i.e. telephone company, utility company, mortgage company etc.).

        1.4.2 PERMANENT ADDRESSES:

At the point that the Building Permit is submitted, the driveway placement is confirmed to be the same as that issued with the Driveway Permit. If the driveway placement has changed, the address is corrected accordingly. If there are no changes then the temporary address becomes the permanent address. At this time all agencies will be notified (i.e. emergency services, Qwest, Public Service, post office).

In the event that there has to be a road name change or and address change to comply with this policy the home owner will be notified by Clear Creek Mapping Department of the change. The county will allow the property owner 3 months to notify others that their address has changed and time to use any stationary or business cards. After this time all agencies will be notified of the change.

1.5    Clear Creek County will notify the public at the time an address is requested that they must post the address (per Section 901 the 1997 Uniform Fire Code and Section 502 of the 1997 Uniform Building Code, or the codes currently in effect).

1.6    The following are specifications for addressing certain types of development:

                1.6.1 Apartments: Separate addresses shall be given for each building. Units shall use both building address and the unit number as their address.

                1.6.2 Caretaker Units: If the unit has a separate entrance of is a separate building from the primary residence, then the unit shall have a separate address than the primary residence.

                1.6.3 Commercial areas, indoor: Separate addresses shall be given for each building, and units within a building shall use both the building address and the unit or space number.

                1.6.4 Duplexes: Separate addresses shall be given for each unit.

                1.6.5 Mobile Home Parks: One address shall be given for the entire development. Individual mobile homes shall use both the address for the development and the space number.

1.7    In certain situations it may be preferable to have a town address property that is in the County’s jurisdiction. The following are situations where the County shall request that a town address a property.
        - The property is completely surrounded by a town.
        - Use of addresses assigned by a town will improve the ability to locate the properties.

1.8     When a property is annexed by a town, the town shall become responsible for addressing the property. However, a town may seek advice from the County in addressing properties. A town may also request that the County take responsibility for addressing the towns or just portions of the town. The County shall assume such responsibility only if the town agrees to have the area addressed based on the mile post system.

1.9     All buildings in Clear Creek County shall display address characters which identify the property address and are plainly visible and legible from the street or road fronting the property. If it is not plainly visible or legible from the street, it is also required at the intersection of driveway and street. The size and type of characters will be 4 inches tall, or in accordance with fire department standards for that jurisdiction. No Certificate of Occupancy will be issued on any new structure before the address is displayed in accordance with these procedures.

PROCEDURE FOR ASSIGNING/CHANGING ROAD NAMES

Clear Creek County Addressing Policy (R-01-46).

1.1    Clear Creek County Mapping Department is responsible for assigning and maintaining all addresses and street/road names in unincorporated Clear Creek County. The assignments are to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Clear Creek County and to avoid the duplication of the addresses in Clear Creek County.

1.2    Clear Creek County Mapping Department has the responsibility and the authority to change an address or street/road name when deemed necessary in accordance with procedures.

1.3     Clear Creek County will assign a name to, or consider changing the name of any access routes meeting one or more of the following criteria:

        - Private road or driveway one-eighth mile or more in length.

        -Private road or driveway serving as an access for three or more residences.

        - Public road which has been accepted by the County for maintenance.

        - Emergency response needs the road named.

1.4     Mountain area street/road names are approved by the Clear Creek County Mapping Department. The road will be named by resolution of the Clear Creek County Board of County Commissioners.

        - The street name can not be a duplication or similar in name to a street name already in existence within the county or postal zone.

        - Must not be excessively long or difficult to pronounce.

        - All street must have a street type.

1.5     These procedures for assigning or changing road names may be initiated either by an application submitted by citizens (as described below) or by independent action by the CCBOCC. Citizens wishing to request road name assignment must comply with the following procedure:

1.5.1     A petition must be signed by 75% of the owners of record of properties accessed by the road to be named. The petition must contain the name, mailing address, property address and phone number for each owner. Each Owner must sign the petition indicating whether the signer supports or opposes the name request.

1.5.2     The petition must be submitted to the County Mapping Department, which has been assigned the administration of the County's rural addressing program.

1.5.3     The petition must clearly state the reasons for which the road name assignment is requested: a road name choice and two alternate names.

1.5.4     In case of road name changes, applicants must be willing to bear the cost of changing any street signs located at affected intersections.

1.5.5     Application must be accompanied with a map or maps of the road proposed for naming sufficiently detailed to show the road's relationship to other roads in the area and significant man-made and/or topographic features.

1.5.6     Following receipt of a citizen application, or direction by the CCBOCC, the Mapping Department will conduct a search to discover whether the name proposed is duplicative of the name of any other road in the County or nearby areas in contiguous counties. The Mapping Department will transmit this, and any additional information or recommendations it deems advisable, to the CCBOCC.

1.5.7     The CCBOCC may, at its discretion, waive any of these application requirements.

1.5.8     The CCBOCC will, at a regularly called public meeting, consider any proposed road name assignment or change. If initiated by citizen application, applicant(s) will be notified by the Board of the date, time and place of the meeting at which the request will be considered. The Board will approve or deny the proposed road name assignment or change at a public meeting.

1.5.9     If approved, the owner(s) of record of any residences accessed by the road in place at the time of the decision will be notified by the Mapping Department of the Board's decision.

1.5.10     In the event that there has to be a road name change or an address change to comply with this policy the home owner will be notified by Clear Creek Mapping Department of the change. The county will allow the property owner 3 months to notify others that their address has changed and time to use any stationary or business cards. After this time all agencies will be notified of the change.

1.5.11     After this time all agencies will be notified (i.e. emergency services, Qwest, Public Service, post office).

1.6     Clear Creek County Road and Bridge will erect street signs on publicly Maintained roads.

1.7     Nonstandard road identification signs on private roads for which addresses have been assigned must be reviewed for their design, name and number by the Clear Creek County Road and Bridge Department prior to installation. The Road and Bridge Department is authorized to disapprove designs which are not legible or use the wrong road name or number. The private landowner or Homeowners Association is responsible for the maintenance and replacement of these identification signs. Road identification signs must be installed according to the location, height, and lateral clearance standards in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Utility Notification Center shall be notified prior to any sign installation or repair.

1.8    New roads or renamed roads in unincorporated Clear Creek County will be given a suffix which indicates the type of thoroughfare (a thoroughfare designation). When a road name is proposed the thoroughfare designation must comply with the following definitions:

Avenues: Thoroughfares classified in the County Road and Bridge Standards as Collectors or Local Access Roads.

Boulevard: A wide street divided by a median.

Circles: Streets that circle returning to themselves, or streets that begin and circle back to the same road.

Courts: A cul-de-sac or dead-end street.

Drives: A winding thoroughfare classified in the County Road and Bridge Standards as Collectors or Local Access Roads.

Highway: Designated state or federal routes.

Interstate: Federal routes characterized by limited access, wide right of way, and with through traffic preference.

Lanes: An uninterrupted street ending in a cul-de-sac or dead-end.

Loops: See Circles.

Parkway: A special scenic route or park drive.

Paths: A cul-de-sac or dead-end road. Also could be a thoroughfare where automobile transportation is secondary to other forms of transportation, i.e. bicycles.

Place: See Courts.

Roads: Thoroughfares classified in the Road and Bridge Standards as Local Access Roads, Low Volume Roads, or Primitive Roads.

Streets: See Avenues.

Trails: See Paths.

WaysSee Courts.