[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Wales 8-14-2007 by L.L. No. 4-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any man-made body of water designated 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 building permit pursuant to this chapter must be issued prior to construction at a cost of $25.
All new ponds shall either:
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
Be designed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer or landscape architect.
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.
Pond site plan approval shall be by the Town Engineer or Town Building Inspector.
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.
Pond drainway 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.