TOWN CODE INFO

Below are copies of text from the town code as it pertains to development of wetlands areas:

Chapter 150 Zoning
150-29 Miscellaneous
(2) Multifamily and nonresidential uses.
(a) All portions of multifamily and nonresidential properties which are not used for locations for buildings, structures, off-street parking and loading areas, sidewalks or similar purposes shall be landscaped and permanently maintained in such manner as to minimize erosion and storm-water runoff and harmoniously blend such uses with the residential character of the Town as a whole.
(b) In connection with the review of any site development plan or special permit application for a multifamily or nonresidential use abutting or directly across a local street from any property in a residence district, a buffer strip shall be required along all such property lines. Such buffer strip shall comply with at least the following minimum standards:
[1] It shall be of evergreen planting of such type, height, spacing and arrangement as in the judgment of the Planning Board will effectively screen the activity of the lot from the neighboring residential area. Nonevergreen planting may be included to supplement evergreen planting but not to take its place.
[2] It shall be at least 20 feet in width.
[3] A wall or fence of location, height, design and materials approved by the Planning Board may be substituted for part or all of the required planting and buffer area.
[4] Where the existing topography and/or landscaping provides adequate screening, the Planning Board may modify the planting and/or buffer area requirements.
(c) All plantings shown on an approved site development plan or special permit plan shall be maintained in a vigorous growing condition throughout the duration of the use, and plants not so maintained shall be replaced with new plants at the beginning of the next immediately following growing season.
150-32 Wetlands and watercourses; hilltops, ridgelines and steep slopes; water quantity and quality
A. Alteration of wetlands or watercourses. In any district, no alteration of wetlands or watercourses or lands adjacent to them, whether by removal or deposition of material or by grading or otherwise, shall be permitted except where such alteration has been reviewed and approved by the Planning Board in consultation with the Town Conservation Board. This review and approval is required whether or not such alteration is incidental to activities otherwise permitted. A review of such alteration or alterations shall include but not be limited to the following: water recharge areas, water table levels, water pollution, aquatic animal and plant life, temperature change, drainage patterns, flooding, runoff, erosion, essential vegetative growth.
B. Hilltops, ridgelines and steep slopes. For the purpose of preventing erosion, minimizing stormwater runoff and flooding, preserving the Town’s underground water resources and protecting the Town’s character and property values, it is the intent of this chapter to prevent the development of hilltops, ridgelines and steep slopes, and toward this end, wherever possible, new construction shall avoid such areas and existing vegetation in such areas shall not be disturbed. The Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Building Inspector, in consultation with the Town Conservation Board, shall take this objective into consideration in reviewing and acting on any plans submitted pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. For purposes of this section, steep slopes shall be considered to comprise at least those areas with an average slope in excess of 15%, depending upon soil type, over a horizontal distance of 100 or more feet.
Chapter 140 Timber Harvesting
140-5 Permit
A. No person, firm or corporation shall conduct any commercial timber harvesting operation in the Town without first obtaining a timber harvesting permit from the Town Board.
B. No person, firm or corporation shall conduct noncommercial timber harvesting in the Town, where the total harvest is to equal or exceed 15 standard cords of wood or 1,920 cubic feet of wood or 7,500 board-feet of timber in a twelve-month period, without first obtaining a timber harvesting permit from the Town Board, except where such harvest is performed in connection with legally permitted soil mining, building construction or building site development. For those uses, a plan should be submitted to the Conservation Board for review under State Environmental Quality Review statutes. All other noncommercial timber harvesting shall be exempt from permit requirements, but must still adhere to the Town’s timber harvesting standards.
140-11 Penalties for offenses
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate or fail to comply with a written order or notice of violation issued by the Zoning Inspector, or with any of the provisions of this chapter or conditions of the timber harvesting permit, shall be liable to punishment by a fine of not more than $100 or by imprisonment, or both. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

 

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