Town of Thompson, NY
Sullivan County
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§ 250-14 Exceptions to district regulations.

Existing lots. Nothing shall prohibit the use of a lot of less than the prescribed area or width when such lot is owned individually or separate from any adjoining tract or when such lot was part of a subdivision plan that received preliminary approval of the Planning Board of the Town of Thompson prior to the time of enactment of this Part 1, provided that all other regulations of this Part 1 are met.
Height regulations. The height limitations of these regulations shall be waived for barns and silos, private home antennas and for the following, provided that such areas do not exceed 10% of the total roof area of which they are a part: flagpole, spire, belfry, chimney, transmission tower, skylight and elevator or stair bulkhead.
Lot depth. The required lot depth at any point may be decreased by 25% if the average lot depth conforms to the minimum required.
Yard requirements.
The following structures are exempted from the yard requirements indicated in Article IV:
Chimneys, open trellis, unroofed steps or terrace not higher than one foot from ground level.
Overhanging roof not in excess of two feet.
Awning or movable canopy not extending more than 10 feet into required yard.
Fences or walls.
If two or more existing dwellings are located within 200 feet on each side of a proposed dwelling and on the same side of the street within the same block and district, said proposed dwelling need not have a front yard greater than the average setback of all existing dwellings so located.

§ 250-15 Corner lots.

Front yard setbacks are required on both street frontages, and one yard other than such front yards shall be deemed to be the rear yard and the other a side yard.
No obstructions to vision, such as shrubbery, brush, dense low trees or earth, shall be permitted at street intersections within the triangle formed by the intersections of street center lines and a line drawn between points along such lines 30 feet distant from their point of intersection.

§ 250-16 Accessory buildings.

[Amended 11-3-1993 by L.L. No. 11-1993]
A permitted accessory building, except for farm purposes, may be located in any required side or rear yard in all residential zones, provided that:
Such building shall not exceed 15 feet in height;
Such building shall be set back 10 feet from any lot line and at least 10 feet from the main building;
Such building shall not occupy more than 400 square feet of the required yard; and
A building permit shall be secured from the officers and employees of the Building Department for all sheds.
[Amended 6-1-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004]
A box trailer cannot be used as an accessory building/shed.
[Added 6-1-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004]
No such building shall project nearer to the fronting street than the main building, with the only exceptions being accessory buildings on lakefront properties wherein such buildings may be nearer to the fronting street than the main building.
[Amended 12-7-2010 by L.L. No. 10-2010]

§ 250-17 Tennis courts.

[Added 5-4-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
Tennis courts shall be a permitted use in all zones subject to site plan approval by the Planning Board. All outdoor tennis courts shall be completely enclosed with a fence at least 10 feet high and not greater than 12 feet high, the bottom of which must be no more than two inches from the ground. Fencing shall consist of a substantial structure of metal posts and shall be chain link, either galvanized or green vinyl coated. No material may be incorporated into the fence or attached to the fence to control visual exposure, except that a green sunscreen mesh made be installed on the inside of the fence to control sunlight. All fences and accessories shall be maintained in good condition at all times and shall not be allowed to deteriorate structurally or aesthetically.

§ 250-17.1 Roadway dedication.

[Added 6-7-2005 by L.L. No. 1-2005]
In all instances where an application for site plan or subdivision approval fronts on a Town road with less than 50 feet of right-of-way width and/or where the deed for the land which is subject to the application runs to the center line of the Town road, the applicant shall gratuitously offer for dedication all lands within 25 feet of the center line of the Town road.

§ 250-18 Fences and walls.

Fences and walls shall:
Not exceed six feet in height from ground level, except where a greater height is specifically required or authorized elsewhere in this chapter.
[Amended 10-21-2003 by L.L. No. 7-2003]
Conform to corner lot requirements where applicable.

§ 250-19 Waterfront lots.

All lots on a lake or pond with over five acres of water area, on the Neversink River, the Mongaup River, the Middle Mongaup River or the East Mongaup River shall provide a minimum lot width of 50 feet at the shoreline of said water body and shall contain:
Not less than 20,000 square feet of contiguous land area, exclusive of underwater lands, if served by a central sewer system; or
Not less than 40,000 square feet of contiguous land area, exclusive of underwater lands, if not served by a central sewer system.
The setback line from any water body for an on-site sewage disposal system shall be not less than 100 feet from the high-water line, except where such lots were part of a subdivision that received preliminary or final approval of the Planning Board of the Town of Thompson prior to the enactment of this Part 1.

§ 250-20 Temporary building permits.

[Amended 6-7-2005 by L.L. No. 1-2005]
The Planning Board, upon application, may authorize the issuance of a temporary building permit by the Zoning and Building Officer for uses and structures incidental to construction on the premises. Such uses and structures may include the storage of building material and equipment, a model home(s) or real estate office for work being done on the premises, a construction office for work being done on the premises; and a real estate sign not to exceed an area of 40 square feet advertising the sale of property on the premises. Such permit shall be authorized for a period of one year and may be extended for two similar periods when the Zoning and Building Officer finds such work has been diligently pursued.
The Town Board, upon application, may authorize the issuance of a temporary building permit by the Zoning and Building Officer for the erection of a temporary residence to replace the permanent residence in the event of fire or destruction by other acts of God. The permit for temporary residence will be issued for a period of one year, renewable upon application to the Town Board. The application for a temporary residence shall be submitted with a performance bond to guaranty the removal of the temporary residence by the applicant at the end of the one-year approval period, if it is found that the applicant is in violation of the conditions of approval of the Town Board and the Building Inspector. The performance bond will be in a form acceptable to the Town Attorney.