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Manual of Practice

The City of Champaign Planning & Development Department and Public Works Departments have started the process to complete the annual administrative updates to the Manual of Practice.  The Manual of Practice is a technical standard document that clarifies the City’s requirements and standards for the design and standards of new public infrastructure as a result of a new subdivision in the City of in a mile and a half of the City.  Additionally, the Manual of Practice outlines the format and information shown on the documents that are required to be submitted to complete a new subdivision.  These technical specification are too detailed to be identified in the code, and they utilize current best practices on the construction and design of new development.  the Manual of Practice allows the City to respond to improved practices over time, by annually updated the Manual to reflect current standards.

A Zoom meeting will be held on October 25, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. to review the changes and answer any questions.  Please email [email protected] to receive a link to attend the meeting.

Proposed Changes

City Staff is proposing amendments to 3 Chapters in the Manual of Practice.  They are:

Chapter 3: Final Plats
  • Clarify what format standards to use for Annexation Plats
  • Allow existing recorded subdivisions to establish a legal description for replats and further subdivisions
Chapter 8:  Location and Geometric Requirements
  • Adjust the wording on the street cross sections to be consistent with terms used elsewhere in the code
  • Update the locations allowed for specific types of street cross sections with current Zoning Districts
  • Add the Commercial Collector – Alternate 1 as a street cross section option for new developments
  • Adopt the Functional Street Classification System as an element of Chapter 8 of the Manual of Practice
Chapter 9:  Vehicular Access Control
  • Establishes Chapter 37 as the applicable code requirements for maximum and minimum residential driveway width by removing it from Chapter 9.

Chapter 23: Detention Basin Standards

  • Clarifies that private property owners, Homeowners Associations, or Business Owner’s Associations are responsible for the maintenance of all detention basins that their lots drain to
  • Adds a table that clarifies what maintenance responsibilities of a detention basin that the City has
  • Clarifies annual maintenance responsibilities that a private property owner should consider if they are responsible for maintaining a detention basin
  • Clarifies that roof top detention is not allowed

Please contact Jeff Marino, Senior Planner at [email protected] or 217-403-8800 or Marchello Grady, Civil Engineer III at [email protected] or 217-403-4700 if you have any questions.