Town of Milo, NY
Yates County
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A. 
An owner commits a violation of this chapter if such owner operates or causes to be operated a junkyard within 1,000 feet of the nearest edge of the right-of-way of any interstate or primary highway.
B. 
An owner commits a violation of this chapter if such owner operates or causes to be operated a junkyard within 500 feet of:
(1) 
Any stream, lake, pond, wetland or other body of water;
(2) 
Any designated area of special flood hazard as defined in Chapter 204, Flood Damage Prevention, of the Code of the Town of Milo;
(3) 
The property line of a lot devoted to a public park or recreational area which has been designated for park or recreational activities, including but not limited to a park, playground, nature trails, swimming pool, reservoir, athletic field, basketball or tennis courts, pedestrian/bicycle paths, wilderness areas, or other similar public land within the Town;
(4) 
The property line of a lot devoted to an Assembly Group A occupancy as defined by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code;
(5) 
The property line of a lot devoted to a Business Group B occupancy as defined by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code;
(6) 
The property line of a lot devoted to an Educational Group E occupancy as defined by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code;
(7) 
The property line of a lot devoted to an Institutional Group I occupancy as defined by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code; and
(8) 
The property line of a lot devoted to a Residential Group R occupancy as defined by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.
No junkyard may encompass an area in excess of 10 acres.
For the purpose of this article, measurement shall be made in a straight line, without regard to the intervening structures or objects, from the nearest portion of the building or structure used as the part of the premises where a junkyard is conducted to the nearest property line of the premises of a use listed in this article. Presence of a Town, village or other political subdivision boundary shall be irrelevant for purposes of calculating and applying the distance requirements of this article.
A. 
The owner shall erect and maintain a fence at least eight feet in height that is in compliance with any other applicable provision of Chapter 197, Fences, of the Code of the Town of Milo which substantially screens and with a suitable gate which shall be closed and locked except during the working hours of such junkyard or when the owner shall be within. Such fence shall be erected not nearer than 50 feet from a public highway. All junk, including parts thereof stored or deposited by the owner, shall be kept within the enclosure of the junkyard except as removal shall be necessary for the transportation of the same in the reasonable course of the business. All wrecking or other work on such junk, including parts thereof within the vicinity of the junkyard, shall be accomplished within the enclosure. Where the topography, natural growth of timber or other considerations accomplish the purposes of this chapter in whole or in part, the fencing requirements hereunder may be reduced by the Planning Board, upon granting a special use permit; provided, however, that such natural barrier conforms to the purposes of this chapter.
B. 
Gates. Up to two gates, not to exceed 20 feet in width each, are allowed for any junkyard fence. More than two gates will be allowed at the rate of one gate per 1,000 linear feet of perimeter fencing.
In addition to the fencing requirement, junkyards shall be completely surrounded by vegetation that provides a year-round screen that may reasonably be expected to be at least eight feet tall within two years of planting. Plants shall be placed at regular intervals so as to provide a continuous hedgerow without gaps or open spaces. The vegetation shall be maintained as a continuous unbroken hedgerow for the entire period the property is used as a junkyard and shall be planted not more than four feet outside of the required fence. Dead or diseased foliage shall be replaced at the next appropriate planting time. Each owner, operator or maintainer of a junkyard shall use good husbandry techniques, such as pruning and fertilizing, to maintain maximum density and foliage.
Junkyards shall be operated in the following manner so as to minimize harmful impacts on public health and the environment:
A. 
Within 24 hours of arrival at the junkyard, the battery, door(s) and/or lock(s) shall be removed, and all engine, transmission, brake, coolant, and other fluids shall be drained, from the junk and stored in watertight covered containers. A concrete or impervious surface shall be provided; fluids shall only be drained while the junk is located on this surface. All fluids shall be recycled or disposed of in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations. No fluids shall be discharged into or onto any soil or water body.
B. 
The manner of storage and arrangement of junk, and the drainage facilities of the junkyard, shall be such as to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water upon the premises and to facilitate access for firefighting purposes.
C. 
Junkyards shall at all times be maintained so as not to constitute a nuisance or a menace to the health of the community or of residents nearby, or a place for the breeding of rodents and vermin, and shall be maintained in a sanitary condition. No water shall be allowed to stand in any place on the junkyard in such manner as to afford a breeding place for mosquitoes and other such insects.
D. 
Junk shall be stored in piles not exceeding six feet in height.
E. 
No combustible material of any kind that is not necessary or beneficial to the junkyard business shall be kept on the premises, nor shall the premises be allowed to become a fire hazard.
F. 
Inside, adjacent to and contiguous with the fence or enclosure, one strip of land at least 10 feet in width shall be kept free of all dry grass, junk, including parts thereof, plant growth or other combustible material so as to provide a fire lane or break around the entire area where the junkyard activity is conducted.
G. 
No junk or other materials shall be burned or buried except in compliance with Article 27 of the Environmental Conservation Law of the State of New York and its implementing regulations promulgated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which is Part 360 of Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York, and any other applicable law, rule or regulation.
H. 
Firebreaks and access roads shall be provided by the owner and approved by the appropriate fire department.
All access roads shall be designed and constructed under the supervision of a professional engineer licensed in the State of New York as fire apparatus access roads in accordance to the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code. Certification by such engineer shall also be submitted to the Town of Milo documenting that such roads were designed and constructed in accordance to this section.
The Planning Board, upon granting a special use permit, shall specify the amount and types of junk that may be stored or deposited in the junk storage area(s). No junk shall be stored in any junk storage area(s) other than those items specified on a special use permit which has been approved by the Planning Board pursuant to this chapter and Chapter 350, Zoning.
In addition to the requirements stipulated in this chapter and Chapter 350, Zoning, the applicant applying for a special use permit shall submit to the Code Enforcement Officer the following documents:
A. 
A plan of the site where the junkyard is proposed, including address and Tax Map identification numbers, that is drawn to scale and prepared by a land surveyor, professional engineer or registered architect licensed in the State of New York, which shall include the following:
(1) 
Property lines including the name(s) of the owner(s) of abutting property;
(2) 
Streams, lakes, wetlands, floodplains, and any other water bodies, including those available for fire protection purposes;
(3) 
The topography of the site and any plans for grading the property to be shown at two-foot intervals;
(4) 
The location of all wells and sanitary facilities on the property or within 100 feet of the boundary of the property;
(5) 
Drainage patterns of the site;
(6) 
Existing and proposed structures, including fences;
(7) 
Roads and easements adjacent to, on or through said property;
(8) 
Existing and proposed junk storage areas, indicating the amount and type of junk which will be stored in each area; and
(9) 
Existing and proposed accessways, aisles, and parking and loading areas.
B. 
The name, residence, address and telephone number of each owner, partner, or, if a business entity, each officer, director and owner.
C. 
The trade name, address and telephone number of the business.
D. 
An official report from the Sheriff as to whether or not each owner and/or director or officer has been convicted of any crime, misdemeanor, or violation of any law, including but not limited to larceny, receiving stolen goods and violations of Article 6 of the General Business Law of the State of New York.
(1) 
Convictions investigation. A set of fingerprint impressions of the fingers and thumbs on both hands shall be taken by the Sheriff. The Sheriff shall provide this service upon payment of the nominal fee for such service. The Sheriff is authorized to forward the said fingerprints to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for a criminal convictions investigation. The Sheriff shall secure from the applicant the required fee for said investigation in the form of a check or money order made payable to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and shall forward said payment together with the fingerprints to the said agency. The information secured as a result of said investigation shall be reviewed by the Sheriff, who shall thereafter make his or her report to the Town's Planning Board.
E. 
The name and address of the owner of the real property and the nature of the right under which such owner possesses the property.
F. 
A detailed description of the business activities to be conducted and the nature of the materials involved in the intended business activity.
G. 
The number of employees intended to be employed.
H. 
A statement as to whether the owner has obtained a valid junk dealer's license under Article 6 of the General Business Law of the State of New York.
The owner shall provide written documentation that the junkyard is in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws.