Town of Aurora, NY
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Aurora 1-13-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Conservation Advisory Council — See Ch. 5.
Building permits — See Ch. 44.
Fire prevention and building construction — See Ch. 65.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 68.
Parks — See Ch. 84.
Sewers — See Ch. 93.
Site plan review — See Ch. 95.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 96.
Water — See Ch. 113.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
POND
Any man-made body of water designed to retain water on an ongoing basis, with a surface area greater than 2,000 square feet and/or a maximum depth greater than 18 inches.
A. 
A building permit pursuant to this chapter must be issued prior to construction, at a cost of $25.
(1) 
All new ponds shall either:
(a) 
Conform to the requirements of and be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), or the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), or their successor agencies; or
(b) 
Be designed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer or landscape architect.
(2) 
Site plan. All pond building permit applications shall be accompanied by a site plan, drawn to scale, showing the total acreage of the property, property lines, existing features and structures (i.e., dwellings, accessory structures, drives, septic fields, wells, floodplains, wetlands, streams and topographical features), and the proposed pond location.
(3) 
Pond site plan approval shall be by the Town Superintendent of Buildings or building inspector.
(4) 
A pond shall not be constructed within 50 feet of any property lines nor within 100 feet of existing or proposed septic fields or sewage disposal systems. If a subdivision of the site occurs, the fifty-foot setback requirement remains.
(5) 
Pond drainways shall flow to a natural stream, creek or other suitable outlet. Man-made ditches may be utilized to effect this and avoid flowing onto neighboring property.
B. 
New and preexisting ponds shall be maintained so as to assure that they do not become offensive to neighboring properties by reason of leaking.
C. 
The Town of Aurora reserves the right to have a representative enter onto the property to review pond construction and investigate any complaints concerning pond construction or leakage onto neighboring property.
[Amended 3-28-2016 by L.L. No. 1-2016]
Any person or persons, association or corporation committing an offense against this chapter or any section or provision thereof is guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 days for each such offense, or by both such fine and imprisonment.