By the authority of the resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Athens adopted on July 6, 1970, pursuant to the provisions of Article 16 of the Town Law of the State of New York, the Planning Board of the Town of Athens is authorized and empowered to approve plats showing lots, blocks or sites, with or without streets or highways, to approve the development of entirely or partially undeveloped plats already filed in the office of the Clerk of the county and to conditionally approve preliminary plats within that part of the Town of Athens outside the limits of any incorporated city or village.
It is declared to be the policy of the Planning Board to consider land subdivision plats as part of a plan for the orderly, efficient, environmentally sound and economical development of the Town. This means, among other things, that land to be subdivided shall be of such character that it can be used safely for building purposes without danger to health or peril from fire, flood or other menace; that proper provision shall be made for drainage, water supply, sewerage and other needed improvements; that all proposed lots shall be so laid out and of such size as to be in harmony with the development pattern of the neighboring properties; that the proposed streets shall compose a convenient system conforming to the Official Map, if such exists, and shall be related to the proposals shown on the Comprehensive Plan, with such width, grade and location as to accommodate the prospective traffic, to facilitate fire protection and to provide access of fire-fighting equipment to buildings; and that proper provision shall be made for open spaces for parks and playgrounds.
In order that land subdivisions may be made in accordance with this policy, these regulations, which shall be known as and which may be cited as the "Town of Athens Land Subdivision Regulations," have been adopted by the Town Board.
For the purpose of these regulations, certain words and terms used herein are defined as follows:
- COLLECTOR STREET
- A street which serves or is designed to serve as a traffic way for a neighborhood or as a feeder to a major street.
- COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
- A Comprehensive Plan prepared by the Planning Board pursuant to § 272-a of the Town Law which indicates the general locations recommended for various functional classes of public works, places and structures and for general physical development of the Town, and includes any unit or part of such plan separately prepared and any amendment to such plan or parts therein.
- DEAD-END STREET OR CUL-DE-SAC
- A street or a portion of a street with only one vehicular traffic outlet.
- Authorization by a property owner for the use of another, and for a specified purpose, of any designated part of his or her property.
- LOCAL STREET
- A street intended to serve primarily as an access to abutting properties.
- MAJOR STREET
- A street which serves or is designed to serve heavy flows of traffic and which is used primarily as a route for traffic between communities and/or other heavy traffic generating areas.
- MAJOR SUBDIVISION
- Any subdivision not classified as a minor subdivision, including but not limited to subdivisions of 11 or more lots or any size subdivision requiring any new street or extension of municipal facilities.
- MINOR SUBDIVISION
- Any subdivision containing more than one but not more than 10 lots fronting on an existing street, not involving any new street or road or the extension of municipal facilities and not adversely affecting the development of the remainder of the parcel or adjoining property and not in conflict with any provision or portion of the Comprehensive Plan, Official Map or zoning regulations, if such exist, or these regulations.
- OFFICIAL MAP
- The map established by the Town Board pursuant to § 270 of the Town Law showing streets, highways and parks and drainage, both existing and proposed.
- PLANNING BOARD OR BOARD
- The Planning Board of the Town.
- PRELIMINARY PLAT
- A drawing or drawings clearly marked "preliminary plat" showing the salient features of a proposed subdivision, as specified in Article IV, § 154-21 of these regulations, submitted to the Planning Board for purposes of consideration prior to submission of the plat in final form and of sufficient detail to apprise the Planning Board of the layout of the proposed subdivision.
- RURAL STREET
- A street which is not designed to serve as a collector or major street and serves primarily low-intensity development.
- SKETCH PLAN
- A sketch of a proposed subdivision showing the information specified in Article IV, § 154-19 of these regulations, to enable the subdivider to save time and expense in reaching general agreement with the Planning Board as to the form of the layout and objectives of these regulations.
- Includes streets, roads, avenues, lanes or other traffic ways between right-of-way lines.
- STREET PAVEMENT
- The wearing or exposed surface of the roadway used by vehicular traffic.
- STREET WIDTH
- The width of right-of-way, measured at right angles to the center line of the street.
- Any person, firm, corporation, partnership or association who or which shall lay out any subdivision or part thereof as defined herein, either for himself/herself, itself or others.
- The division of any parcel of land into two or more lots, blocks or sites, with or without streets or highways, and includes resubdivision.
- SUBDIVISION PLAT OR FINAL PLAT
- A drawing, in final form, showing a proposed subdivision containing all information or detail required by law and by these regulations to be presented to the Planning Board for approval and which, if approved, may be duly filed or recorded by the applicant in the office of the County Clerk or Register.
- A person licensed as a land surveyor by the State of New York.
- TOWN ENGINEER
- A person licensed as a professional engineer by the State of New York.