[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Southampton 8-20-1994 by L.L. No. 36-1994. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Beaches and waterways — See Ch. 111.
Coastal erosion hazards — See Ch. 138.
Environmental quality review — See Ch. 157.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 169.
Protection of natural resources — See Ch. 229.
Protection of vegetation — See Ch. 308.
Western Generic Environmental Impact Statement Law — See Ch. 324.
Wetlands — See Ch. 325.
Zoning — See Ch. 330.
The State of New York, in its Freshwater Wetlands Act (§ 24-0101 et seq. of the Environmental Conservation Law), declared it to be a public policy of the state to preserve, protect and conserve freshwater wetlands and their benefits and established procedures designed to implement that policy. Among them is the authority of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to delegate responsibility to qualified local governments for carrying out the law within their borders, upon the filing of the State Freshwater Wetlands Maps. That filing occurred on May 26, 1993.
The Town Board of the Town of Southampton finds that it is in the public interest to request such delegation from the Department of Environmental Conservation. If authority to implement the State Freshwater Wetlands Act were transferred to the Town, property owners wanting to engage in regulated activities near state-regulated freshwater wetlands in the Town need apply for only one freshwater wetlands permit and consequently would avoid the time and expense required to obtain a separate permit from the state.
Pursuant to Article 24, Title 5, of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, the Town of Southampton hereby adopts those provisions of the State Freshwater Wetlands Act (§ 24-0101 et seq. of the Environmental Conservation Law) that are applicable to the issuance of freshwater wetlands permits thereunder, as the same may be amended from time to time.
Nothing herein shall be construed to repeal, modify or limit the authority of the Town to regulate wetlands under Chapter 325 of the Town Code nor to limit the authority of the Town to enact future ordinances or local laws regulating wetlands, in accordance with state law.