Village of Muttontown, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Muttontown at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The establishment, preservation and maintenance of equestrian bridle paths in newly subdivided or partitioned property in the Village of Muttontown is in the public interest of the residents of the Village.
The Village desires to encourage the establishment and use of these equestrian bridle paths in newly subdivided or partitioned property in the Village for the exclusive benefit of Village residents at the least possible public expense and with a minimum adverse effect on the use, enjoyment and value of property in the Village.
The proper development and use of such equestrian bridle paths require periodic maintenance and continuing supervision so as to ensure that the use and existence of these paths will not be injurious to persons or properties in the Village.
The Board of Trustees and the Planning Board are hereby authorized to encourage property owners in the Village who intend to subdivide or partition their property to offer for dedication equestrian bridle path easements to the Village for use in accordance with this chapter and subsequent rules and regulations.
The Planning Board is authorized to require any applicant for a partitioning or subdivision to reserve or offer to dedicate to the Village appropriate equestrian bridle path easements as a condition to final Planning Board approval of the application. The land area to be reserved or offered for dedication for such equestrian bridle path easements shall be deducted from the land area required under Chapter 158, Subdivision of Land, to be reserved for park purposes but shall not be included in any computation of lot area for zoning purposes.
The Board of Trustees may accept offers of dedication of equestrian bridle path easements for newly subdivided or partitioned land upon the recommendation of the Planning Board.
The Board of Trustees may, by resolution, adopt regulations to provide for the creation, establishment, safe maintenance, use and policing of equestrian bridle paths within the easement areas, upon such terms and conditions as it may deem appropriate; provided, however, that:
All equestrian bridle paths established pursuant to this chapter shall be exclusively available to only residents of the Village on equal terms;
Equestrian bridle paths or equestrian bridle path easement areas shall not be used or traveled upon by any motor vehicles or equipment, other than those required in establishing and maintaining the equestrian bridle paths, and except any motor vehicle or equipment expressly authorized, in writing, by the Village Board of Trustees or the Police Department; and
If the Board of Trustees, in its sole discretion, determines that certain equestrian bridle paths are creating a nuisance for property owners or are not being used or maintained in accordance with this chapter and applicable Village, town, county or state rules and regulations or are having an adverse effect on the use, value and enjoyment of property in the Village, the Board may, after a public hearing, unilaterally revoke and terminate the equestrian bridle path easement, extinguishing all easement rights, interests and obligations under said easement.
In addition to the regulations referred to in this section, the Board of Trustees may enter into an agreement with a recognized nonprofit Village resident organization interested in promoting horseback riding in the Village for Village residents for the purpose of providing for the establishment, use, safe maintenance and policing of equestrian bridle paths.
The Planning Board is hereby authorized to develop and prepare a plan of existing and proposed equestrian bridle paths in that area within the Village described as follows: bounded on the east by the Jericho - East Norwich - Oyster Bay Road and the northeasterly limits of the Village between said Jericho - East Norwich - Oyster Bay Road and North Hempstead Turnpike (Route 25A), on the north by North Hempstead Turnpike (Route 25A) and on the south by Brookville Road and Muttontown Road.
Violation of the provisions of this chapter or of any applicable regulation hereunder shall constitute a violation of the Village Code.