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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Catskill 9-4-2018 by L.L. No. 3-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the Town of Catskill and of its inhabitants by establishing in this chapter a local law governing transient camping and the operation and maintenance of campgrounds for that use.
B. 
Title. This chapter shall be known as the "Local Law Regulating the Establishment, Operation, and Maintenance of Campgrounds within the Town of Catskill."
C. 
Authority. This local law is enacted pursuant to Section 10 of the Municipal Home Rule Law.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words, terms and phrases shall have the meaning ascribed to them in this section:
ACCESSORY FACILITIES
Accessory facilities provided for use only by occupants of campsites within the campground, shall include but not be limited to:
A. 
Utility facilities such as electric, internet, and cable TV service as well as central water and sewer infrastructure;
B. 
Administrative facilities such as a registration/management office as well as maintenance and storage buildings;
C. 
Recreational facilities such as a community center, swimming pool, and sport fields/courts;
D. 
Sanitary facilities including toilets, urinals, bathrooms, showers, and sewage disposal systems;
E. 
Convenience facilities such as camp stores/markets and vendor stands; and
F. 
Sheds for storage.
APPLICANT
A person or persons, partnership, association, limited liability or other company, entity or corporation, being the owner of a parcel of land within the Town of Catskill or someone acting on behalf of said owner, who is submitting an application to the Town of Catskill to operate a campground.
CAMPGROUND
The development of a parcel of land or portion thereof, for the purpose of providing campsites with or without accessory facilities, for temporary overnight occupancy regardless of whether rights to occupy a campsite are conveyed by lease, rent, membership or any other acceptable means. This definition shall include where camping occurs with no specific rights of occupation offered but the use is nonetheless permitted by the land owner's direct or indirect action or lack thereof.
CAMPGROUND MANAGER
A campground manager shall be a campground special use permit holder or duly authorized representative of the campground special use permit holder who may or may not reside within the campground and who is charged with the primary responsibility of maintaining the campground.
CAMPGROUND OPERATOR
A campground operator is the campground special use permit holder who the applicant has duly authorized to operate the campground in the event that the applicant is not the campground special use permit holder.
CAMPGROUND SPECIAL USE PERMIT
A campground special use permit is a permit issued pursuant to the Catskill Town Code Chapter 160, Zoning, § 160-17 which grants permission to establish, operate, and maintain a campground within the Town of Catskill.
CAMPGROUND SPECIAL USE PERMIT HOLDER
The campground special use permit holder shall be the owner of the campground or a duly authorized campground operator who has complied with the requirements of this chapter and is issued a campground special use permit.
CAMPING
The use of a camping unit on a campsite within a campground for temporary overnight occupancy.
CAMPING UNIT
A tent, recreational vehicle (RV) or other type of portable shelter intended, designed or used for temporary human occupancy. The term "portable" shall be taken to mean readily moveable and if on wheels, highway ready. A camping unit shall not include more permanent temporary shelters such as yurts and cabins. In addition and although on wheels, mobile homes as well as newer structures more appropriately referred to as manufactured homes shall not be considered as a camping unit.
CAMPSITE
A designated space within a campground with or without connections to electric service, water supply, or sewage disposal systems, used for camping and offered by the campground special use permit holder through lease, rent, membership or any other acceptable means for camping purposes, regardless of whether or not done for monetary gain.
COMMON USE AREAS
Designated areas within a campground used by campground guests for open and/or enclosed recreational activities. Campsite areas, required buffer strips, street/road rights-of-way, storage areas or utility sites shall not be considered as included in this definition. Common use areas set aside for indoor activities may include bingo halls, meeting rooms, or arcades. Common use areas set aside for outdoor activities may include hiking trails, bird watching venues, basketball/tennis/shuffleboard courts, soccer/football/baseball fields, and swimming pools.
COMMUNITY SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM
An approved centralized sewage disposal system serving the campsites having individual sewage connections, the community sewage dumping station(s), and any centralized community sanitary facilities including toilets, urinals, bathrooms, and showers. Depending on the estimated sewage load to be treated, the community sewage disposal system design must be approved by either the NYSDOH or NYSDEC, as defined herein, and the Code Enforcement Officer.
COMMUNITY SEWAGE DUMPING STATION
A place within a campground where raw sewage (i.e., both black water from toilets/urinals and grey water from sinks/showers), either directly from a recreational vehicle's sewage holding tank(s) or indirectly from the campground's scavenger equipment, may be entered into a community sewage disposal system in a safe and responsible way.
CONSTRUCTION TRAILER
A vehicular unit which either has its own motor power or is mounted on or drawn by another vehicle and which is used or intended to be used solely in connection with permitted campground construction or development activities for the storage of construction materials, tools or equipment or for construction office purposes. The term construction trailer shall not include a dwelling, mobile home, manufactured home, modular home, recreational vehicle or any other vehicle/shelter designed or used as living or sleeping quarters.
A. 
For the purposes of this chapter only, a dwelling is any building designed for or used principally as the permanent living quarters for one family:
(1) 
For which a certificate of occupancy has been issued by the Code Enforcement Office for use as a single-family dwelling; or
(2) 
For which a certificate of occupancy has not been issued by the Code Enforcement Office because the building's use as a single-family dwelling predated the Town's requirement to obtain a certificate of occupancy.
B. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a dwelling shall not include a camping unit.
EMERGENCY ACCESS ROAD
An interior campground street/road that meets the requirements for private street design standards contained in Catskill Town Code Chapter 138, Streets and Sidewalks, with the exception of the bituminous surface treatment and 50-foot right-of-way (ROW) requirement. An emergency access road must extend to within 150 feet of all portions of all buildings and structures within the campground. Notwithstanding the requirements of Catskill Town Code Chapter 138, Streets and Sidewalks, emergency access roads shall be cleared, graded and improved to a twelve-foot minimum width for one-way traffic and a 16 foot minimum width for two-way traffic. In addition, the composition, horizontal/vertical curves, and grading of the emergency access road shall be designed and constructed such that emergency vehicles (e.g., fire apparatus, ambulances, etc.) can safely and easily access all campsites and shall include one or more approved turn-around areas.
MANUFACTURED HOME
For the purposes of this chapter only, a manufactured home is a single-family dwelling factory-built according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Construction and Safety Standards (commonly known as the HUD Code) which took effect as of June 15, 1976. The HUD Code, unlike conventional building codes, requires manufactured homes to be built on a permanent chassis to ensure transportability.
MOBILE HOME
For the purposes of this chapter only, a mobile home is a single-family dwelling factory-built on a permanent chassis before June 15, 1976.
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Herein the department is identified as the NYSDEC.
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Herein the department is identified as the NYSDOH.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OR RV
A vehicular camping unit primarily designed as temporary living quarters for recreational camping or travel use, which either has its own motor power or is mounted on or drawn by another vehicle. As used herein, the term recreational vehicle or RV includes but is not limited to, travel trailers (including "Tiny Homes" on wheels), camping trailers, truck campers, fifth wheel trailers, park model trailers, and motor homes.
SCAVENGER SERVICE
A campground-run service that utilizes a combination of portable holding tanks, transfer pump or other waste transfer method, and watertight hose connections to empty the contents of a recreational vehicle's sewage (i.e., both black water from toilets/urinals and grey water from sinks/showers) holding tank(s) into the portable holding tanks for transport to an approved community sewage dumping station within a campground.
TOWN OF CATSKILL
Herein is identified as the Town.
TOWN OF CATSKILL CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
Herein is identified as the Code Enforcement Officer.
TOWN OF CATSKILL PLANNING BOARD
Herein is identified as the Planning Board.
A. 
No applicant shall use or allow the use of a parcel of land or portion thereof for the establishment, operation, or maintenance of a campground unless a campground special use permit is obtained as set forth in this chapter.
B. 
Application procedure.
(1) 
An application to establish, operate, and maintain a campground shall be in writing, signed by the applicant and accompanied by the required special use permit application fee. The application submission shall contain the information required by § 120-4 of this chapter; the completed application form and information required for a special use permit by the Catskill Town Code, Chapter 160, Zoning, § 160-17; and a copy of the application to the NYSDOH for a campground permit if required by Title 10 NYCRR, Chapter 1, Part 7, Subpart 7-3 which shall be submitted to the Planning Board for review. An applicant may request a pre-application meeting with the Chair of the Planning Board and the Code Enforcement Officer prior to the submission of a completed application to review the submittal and any requested waiver requirements.
(2) 
The completed application, plans and related supporting information shall be filed with the Clerk of the Planning Board at least 10 calendar days before the Planning Board meeting at which the applicant seeks to appear.
(3) 
Upon receipt of the special use permit application fee and any escrow funds required by the Town, the Clerk of the Planning Board shall promptly transmit copies of the completed application, plans and related supporting information to the Planning Board, which shall review the application documents pursuant to the requirements of this Chapter 120; the requirements for a special use permit pursuant to Catskill Town Code, Chapter 160, Zoning, § 160-17; the application to the NYSDOH for a campground permit; and any other material that the Planning Board in its discretion, requires for its review.
(4) 
If an applicant receives a relevant waiver from the NYSDOH or the NYSDEC, the applicant may seek a waiver of any of the requirements of this Chapter 120 which pertain to the same subject matter as the waiver, upon written request to the Planning Board. The waiver request must provide written evidence of the waiver received from the relevant state agency. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Planning Board shall not be required to grant any waiver request.
(5) 
The Planning Board shall issue its determination within 62 days of the later of:
(a) 
The close of any public hearing held in connection with any such application; or
(b) 
The final determination made by the Planning Board pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) in connection with any such application.
C. 
Issuance of a campground special use permit. The Planning Board shall issue a campground special use permit upon its approval of the application and conditioned upon the issuance of all permits and approvals required by the NYSDOH and/or the NYSDEC; or other Federal, State or local agency.
D. 
Campground special use permit.
(1) 
A campground special use permit shall:
(a) 
Be subject to the site plan approved by the Planning Board;
(b) 
Be valid only as long as a campground permit issued by the NYSDOH pursuant to Title 10 NYCRR, Chapter 1, Part 7, Subpart 7-1-3(e) is valid and in effect; and upon the NYSDOH's issuance of a new campground permit, within 30 days of issuance, the campground special use permit holder shall provide the Code Enforcement Officer with a copy of the new NYSDOH campground permit;
(c) 
Not relieve the campground special use permit holder of any requirements imposed by this chapter, the NYSDOH, NYSDEC or other Federal, State or local agency; and
(d) 
Be considered null and void if pursuant to Catskill Town Code, Chapter 160, Zoning, Section 160-17A(5), within one year from the date of issue all improvements required for the approved special use are not completed, or if the approved special use shall cease for more than one year for any reason, unless otherwise provided by the Planning Board.
(2) 
A copy of the Town of Catskill campground special use permit and the NYSDOH campground permit shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the campground.
A. 
Each application submission for a campground special use permit shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The name and contact information of the applicant;
(2) 
The identification (i.e., Greene County Tax Map No. and street address if available) and the size (in acres) of the parcel that is proposed to be used as the campground;
(3) 
The number of campsites to be provided in the campground;
(4) 
The name and contact information of the owner of the parcel on which the campground is to be located and, if the applicant is not the owner of the parcel, the applicant shall submit with the application an owner's proxy duly executed by the property owner whose signature shall be acknowledged by a notary public; and
(5) 
A management plan describing how the campground will be operated.
B. 
Applicants for a campground special use permit shall also supply a location map with the application submission which shows all tax parcels and the location of all public and private streets and roads within 1,000 feet of the proposed campground.
C. 
Proposed development. The campground special use permit application with accompanying documents, shall describe the existing site conditions and include a proposed site plan prepared by a qualified New York State licensed design professional showing the following:
(1) 
The location and widths of all proposed campground entrances, exits and interior streets/roads;
(2) 
The location, size and arrangement of each proposed campsite within the campground;
(3) 
The method and plan for proposed electric service and site lighting;
(4) 
The location and plan of all proposed buildings, structures and other improvements;
(5) 
Proposed plans for screening and other landscaping;
(6) 
Proposed plans and details for stormwater management;
(7) 
Proposed sewage disposal system plans;
(8) 
Proposed water supply plans;
(9) 
Proposed portable or permanent toilet/bathroom facility locations/plans;
(10) 
Proposed permanent shower facility locations/plans;
(11) 
Any other proposed accessory facilities plans (e.g., cable tv, internet, sport fields/courts, etc.); and
(12) 
Common use areas as required by § 120-5I(1)(c).
D. 
Nothing in this chapter and no Planning Board approvals pursuant to this chapter shall relieve any person of the obligation to secure a building permit from the Code Enforcement Officer prior to undertaking any applicable construction.
E. 
Upon the request of the applicant, the Planning Board in its discretion:
(1) 
May waive any of the elements set forth in this Chapter 120; and
(2) 
May waive any of the site plan elements required by Catskill Town Code Chapter 160, Zoning, § 160-19.
A. 
Minimum development area. The land parcel on which the campground is proposed shall have a minimum gross area of at least eight contiguous acres in single ownership or under unified control.
B. 
Maximum development density. The total number of campsites may not exceed the number obtained by dividing the gross parcel area by 0.5 acres. If a campground special use permit holder's or campground manager's dwelling, as may be allowed in this chapter, is to be located on the campground, it shall count (as one campsite) towards the allowable number of campsites while all other provisions of this chapter are met. No other accessory facilities which may be proposed on the campground shall be counted as campsites towards determining the allowable number of campsites.
C. 
There shall be no more than eight persons allowed for overnight occupancy on campsites whose designated area is between the minimum allowable size of 1,600 square feet and 2,500 square feet. However, up to a maximum of 12 persons shall be allowed for overnight occupancy in campsites whose designated area exceeds 2,500 square feet.
D. 
Screening requirements. The campground shall provide and maintain a screening strip of existing or planted natural materials between all property boundary lines and the periphery of the designated campground area. Planted natural materials shall effectively screen the campground area within a reasonable time period from its planting (no more than three years). A planting plan specifying types, size (at time of planting and as anticipated after three years) and location of existing and proposed plant materials shall be required and reviewed as part of the special use permit application. The Planning Board may also require fencing around all or a portion of the campground periphery, on a case by case basis, depending on the particular site topography, relation of the campground boundaries to the parcel's property lines, existing type and density of vegetation, and any other facts found to be pertinent to such a decision.
E. 
Campsite requirements.
(1) 
A campsite shall be a minimum of 40 feet wide and have a minimum footprint area of 1,600 square feet. There shall be permitted no more than one camping unit per campsite. There shall be at least a 10 foot clearance between the boundaries of the campsite and the exterior surfaces of any camping unit serving as a temporary shelter except when more than one contiguous campsite is conveyed by lease, rent, membership or any other acceptable means to a single party in which case there only needs to be a five-foot clearance between the boundaries of the exterior surfaces of any camping unit and the common boundary line of the contiguous campsites.
(2) 
A campsite shall be separated from accessory facilities or a dwelling if such shall be located on site, by a minimum distance of 50 feet. No campsite shall be located closer than 75 feet to the centerline of any public or private street or road (not including interior campground streets/roads). In addition, no campsite shall be located within 80 feet from any existing (i.e., existing at the time that the campground is initially formed and configured) habitable structure on a neighboring parcel. The campground open and unobstructed yard requirements for the underlying zoning district as well as all other applicable zoning regulations as set forth in Catskill Town Code Chapter 160, Zoning, must be met unless an area variance is obtained from the Town of Catskill Zoning Board of Appeals.
(3) 
A camping unit shall be placed no closer than 10 feet to the side and rear boundaries of any campsite and no closer than 20 feet to the edge of any interior campground street/road.
F. 
Off-street parking requirements. At least one designated off-street parking space shall be provided for each campsite.
G. 
Interior campground streets/roads/paths.
(1) 
In each campground there shall be at least one designated emergency access road meeting the definition as herein described.
(2) 
Other interior campground streets/roads/paths shall be properly designed and constructed for the safe transport of pedestrians or vehicles as allowed by the campground operator.
H. 
Sewerage and water supply. No individual on-site sewage disposal system or water supply shall be permitted within a campground except to service a campground special use permit holder's or campground manager's dwelling. For the remainder of the campground, accommodations shall be provided and maintained for the satisfactory treatment and disposal of sewage. At least one community sewage dumping station shall be provided for each 100 campsites except where a campground is limited to tent camping only. Campsites provided with individual sewer connections shall not count towards determining the number of campground dumping stations required. On-site sewage dumping stations shall be directly connected to an approved community sewage disposal system serving the campground. Campsites intended for use by recreational vehicles with integral sanitary facilities shall either be provided with 1) direct connection to an approved community sewage disposal system via individual sewage (i.e., both black water from toilets/urinals and grey water from sinks/showers) inlet piping; or 2) indirect connection to an approved community sewage dumping station via routine collection of sewage (i.e., both black water from toilets/urinals and grey water from sinks/showers) from on-board holding tanks by an acceptable campground-run scavenger service. Alternatively, recreational vehicles with integral sanitary facilities and on-board sewage holding tanks may directly connect to an approved community sewage dumping station periodically (typically when departing the campground) via available sewerage piping at the dumping station. An adequate supply of potable water shall be provided within 250 feet of all campsites. All community sewage disposal and water supply systems for the common use of campground occupants shall be properly sized for the maximum anticipated usage and shall fully comply as evidenced by approved plans, with standards imposed by the NYSDOH, the NYSDEC, and the Catskill Town Code as applicable.
I. 
Miscellaneous.
(1) 
The following shall apply to a campground:
(a) 
Appurtenances. No permanent external appurtenances, such as carports, cabanas or patios, may be attached to any camping unit in a campground and the removal of wheels or placement of the camping unit on a foundation in a campground is prohibited. Stairs and landings constructed or installed to gain access to a recreational vehicle must be self-supported (i.e., not supported by the RV in any way) and meet minimum standards for safe passage.
(b) 
Location. A campground shall be so located that no entrance or exit from the campground shall discharge traffic into a residential area with a zoned density exceeding one dwelling per acre nor require movement of traffic from the campground through such a residential area to obtain access to a public highway. A minimum of 150 feet of frontage on a state, county or Town highway shall be required for the campground.
(c) 
Common use areas. A minimum of 10% of the designated campground area shall be set aside and developed as common use areas as herein defined.
(d) 
Entrances and exits. Entrances and exits to the campground shall be designed for safe and convenient movement of traffic into and out of the campground and to minimize marginal friction with free movement of traffic on adjacent streets. All traffic into or out of the campground shall be through such entrances and exits. No entrance or exit shall require a turn at an acute angle for vehicles moving in the direction intended, and the radii of curbs and pavements at intersections shall be such as to facilitate easy turning movement for vehicles with a trailer attached. No intersection of an entrance and/or exit with a state, county or Town highway shall be located where insufficient sight distance exists in either direction, nor shall such intersection be located within 150 feet of any other intersection.
(e) 
Parking areas. In the campground, no parking, loading or maneuvering incidental to parking or loading shall be permitted on any public street, sidewalk, required buffer, right-of-way or any public grounds, nor any private grounds not part of the campground unless the private owner has given written permission for such use. A campground special use permit holder shall provide off-street parking and loading, above and beyond the one required off-street parking space per campsite, as may be required for proper operation/maintenance of the campground.
(f) 
Occupancy. A campground campsite shall only be used for camping purposes. No dwelling designed for permanent occupancy shall be erected or placed on the campground with the exception of a single-family dwelling for the campground special use permit holder or authorized campground manager. A recreational vehicle in the campground shall be maintained in a transportable condition (i.e., highway ready) at all times and meet all requirements which may be imposed by an appropriate state agency. Any action toward removal of wheels or to positively attach the recreational vehicle to the ground for stabilization purposes is prohibited. No campsite shall be occupied by the same person or persons for more than 180 days (consecutive or otherwise) in any calendar year unless the camping unit is a recreational vehicle owned by and registered in the name(s) of said person or persons. A campsite shall only be used and occupied (excepting for occasional guests) for temporary camping by and the associated recreational purposes of a single household. Camping units to be occupied during the winter months shall be designed for cold weather conditions and shall have operating heating systems capable of maintaining an inside temperature of at least 68° F.
(g) 
Records. The campground special use permit holder shall be responsible for maintaining accurate records concerning the occupancy of all campground owned camping units. The campground special use permit holder may delegate such records management obligations to an authorized campground manager, but this shall not relieve the campground special use permit holder from the responsibility to maintain accurate records. The Code Enforcement Officer shall have the right to inspect and copy records upon 10 days written notice sent via the US Postal Service to the campground special use permit holder to determine compliance with this chapter.
(h) 
Sanitary facilities. No campground special use permit holder or occupant of any Campsite shall permit or allow the dumping or placement of any sanitary waste (including both black water from toilets/urinals and grey water from sinks/showers) or other waste anywhere upon a campsite or elsewhere within the campground, except in places designated therefor. No outside toilets/bathrooms or showers shall be erected or maintained on a campsite. Plumbing fixtures within a recreational vehicle placed upon a campsite may either directly connect to an approved community sewage disposal system for the development through the use of campsite sewerage connections or may otherwise indirectly connect to the community sewage disposal system periodically through the use of a recreational vehicle's on-board holding tanks, an acceptable operator-run scavenger service, and/or the community sewage dumping station. Except for a campground where there is no tent camping allowed and where there are four or less recreational vehicles each with integral sanitary facilities on board, community sanitary facilities including toilets, urinals, bathrooms, and showers, shall be provided in a separate building(s) located not less than 100 feet from any campsite or more than 500 feet from every campsite. Such community sanitary facilities shall be directly connected to the community sewage disposal system. A minimum of four toilets, two per sex, shall be provided in all required community sanitary facilities. One additional toilet per sex shall be required in community sanitary facilities, for each additional 25 campsites or fraction thereof without individual sewer connections, after the 25 campsites without individual sewer connections. Furthermore, one additional toilet per sex shall be required in community sanitary facilities, for each additional 75 campsites or fraction thereof with individual sewer connections, after the first 75 campsites with individual sewer connections.
(i) 
Fences. All campsite boundaries within the campground shall be kept free and open; and no fences, except as may be required for campground screening pursuant to § 120-5D or as may exist naturally (e.g., rock ledges or stone walls) shall be permitted thereon. This shall not, however, preclude the erection of fences around the perimeter of the campground. Certain fences may require additional approval in the reasonable discretion of the Code Enforcement Officer.
(j) 
Nuisances.
[1] 
No noxious or offensive activities or nuisances shall be permitted on a campsite or anywhere within the campground. Such nuisances shall include, but not be limited to:
[a] 
Noise which exceeds the parameters or limitations of Catskill Town Code, Chapter 123, Noise;
[b] 
Uncontrolled fires or any burning which results in soot, cinders, smoke, noxious fumes, gases or unusual odors emanating beyond the property line of the campground; and
[c] 
Any other activity which would, notwithstanding the numbers of persons assembling or camping, exceed the limitations found in Catskill Town Code, Chapter 111, Mass Gatherings.
[2] 
Responsibility for meeting such requirements shall extend in all circumstances to individual occupants of campsites as well as to the campground special use permit holder.
(k) 
Animals. No animal shall be kept or maintained on a campsite, except for usual household pets as permitted by the campground special use permit holder. Pets shall be kept on a leash or otherwise controlled so as not to become a nuisance. Proof of a valid rabies inoculation as appropriate, must be provided to the campground special use permit holder or campground manager before any pet is allowed onto the campground. Pet owners must properly dispose of any pet excrement.
(l) 
Garbage and refuse disposal. No person shall burn trash, garbage or other like refuse on a campsite or otherwise on the campground. All such refuse shall be placed and kept in properly covered receptacles for the same, which shall be provided by the campground special use permit holder. No campground special use permit holder or campsite occupant shall permit the accumulation of garbage, litter, or other junk materials within a campground.
(m) 
Camping accessories. Picnic tables, benches, fire pits, and similar items may be placed within a campground. All such camping accessories shall be maintained in good condition.
(n) 
Ditches and swales. Each campground special use permit holder shall keep drainage ditches and swales located on the subject parcel free and unobstructed and in good repair and shall provide for the installation of such culverts as may be reasonably required for proper drainage. The campground special use permit holder shall also prevent any erosion from occurring within a campground or on adjacent properties from campground drainage.
(o) 
Vehicle parking. No recreational vehicle shall be parked on any street or roadway within the campground.
(p) 
Fire pits. A campsite which will allow open fires shall be provided with a fire pit. Each fire pit shall be constructed with materials that will withstand high temperatures. The internal wall of the fire pit shall be at least 8 inches in height to contain the fire and be made of fire brick and a fire-proof mortar or grout (or comparable fire/heat resistant construction) because it will come into direct contact with high heat. No fire pit shall be placed closer than 15 feet from any camping unit or five feet from any campsite boundary. Open fires shall not be allowed on campsites where the above-described fire pit has not been provided. Nothing in this chapter shall allow open burning that is not also in compliance with current NYSDEC regulations.
(q) 
Water supply. Potable drinking water supply shall be provided within 250 feet of a campsite and be operational during all periods of occupancy.
(r) 
Fire and emergency access. Every campsite shall be accessible by fire and emergency equipment and such access shall be maintained in good condition and free of obstacles.
(s) 
Electric generators. Excluding times of a power outage of the electric utility provider to the parcel, the use of electric generators shall be limited to no more than five hours per day between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
(t) 
The campground special use permit holder or a designated campground manager (herein called the campground representative) shall be in charge of the property and maintain it as required by this chapter at all times the campground is occupied or open for occupancy. The campground representative shall be available in person or at a minimum by telephone for both routine and urgent campground situations with the contact information for summoning the campground representative in charge provided to each campsite renter/lessee and posted at convenient locations throughout the campground. Should a campground representative not be available in person or to answer the telephone 24 hours per day, a working system for campground occupants to leave a voicemail, text, or email must be in place. Nothing in this chapter or any other chapter of the Town Code should be taken to preclude or discourage any occupant from calling 911 first in an emergency situation.
The Code Enforcement Officer shall be allowed entry to a campground at any time for the purposes of inspection.
A. 
If a campground is being operated in violation of the provisions of this chapter, the Code Enforcement Officer shall serve upon the campground special use permit holder an order to remedy, in writing, directing that the violations therein specified be remedied as required by the Code Enforcement Officer but in no event less than five calendar days after the service of such order to remedy. If, after the expiration of such period, the violations remain, at the discretion of the Code Enforcement Officer, a notice in writing shall be served upon the campground special use permit holder requiring an appearance before the Catskill Town Court or a court of competent jurisdiction at a time to be specified in such notice. If the Court finds the campground special use permit holder guilty of violating the provisions of this chapter, it may in its discretion:
(1) 
Revoke the campground special use permit and order the campground to be vacated; and/or.
(2) 
For a first offense, be guilty of a violation and shall be subject to imprisonment for not more than 30 days or to a fine of not more than $500, and for a second offense committed within five years of the first offense be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to imprisonment for not more than one year or to a fine of not less than $250 and not more than $1,000. When a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter is continuous, each day or portion thereof shall constitute a separate and distinct violation.
B. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of § 120-7A, upon duly adopted resolution, the Catskill Town Board, in addition to above-provided penalties and any other remedies for damages or civil relief available to the Town, may maintain an action or proceeding in the name of the Town in a court of competent jurisdiction to compel compliance with this chapter or to restrain by injunction the violation of this chapter. The remedies available to the Town shall be cumulative and not exclusive.
No owner, user, or occupant of any land within the Town, shall use or allow the use of such land for camping unless a campground special use permit is issued pursuant to § 120-3 of this chapter and Catskill Town Code Chapter 160, Zoning, § 160-17. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following uses are permissible uses:
A. 
Camping by the owner of any tax lot as those lots appear on the Greene County Tax Maps for the Town, or his/her invitees, on his/her own real property, which real property does not contain a dwelling, is permitted provided that:
(1) 
One of the following situations applies:
(a) 
There are four or fewer campsites; or
(b) 
There are five or more campsites occupied only by the property owner or his/her immediate family; or
(c) 
There are five or more campsites occupied for less than 60 hours in any calendar year;
(2) 
There shall be permitted no more than one camping unit per campsite;
(3) 
A recreational vehicle must be inspected and registered with an appropriate state agency in accordance with all vehicle and traffic laws and must be maintained in an operable condition and highway ready at all times;
(4) 
A camping unit must be structurally sound and in good repair;
(5) 
The occupancy limits of § 120-5A are met allowing (with conditions) up to 12 persons per campsite for overnight occupancy;
(6) 
Camping shall not occur more than 30 cumulative days in any calendar year unless a recreational vehicle used for camping is connected to a properly sized on-site water supply (e.g., well) and sewage disposal system designed and/or certified by a New York State licensed professional engineer and approved for use by the Code Enforcement Officer, in which case camping shall not occur more than 180 cumulative days in any calendar year; and
(7) 
Camping takes place in a screened portion of an unimproved lot, where practicable.
B. 
Camping by the owner of any tax lot as those lots appear on the Greene County Tax Maps for the Town, or his/her invitees, on his/her own real property, which real property contains a dwelling, is permitted provided that:
(1) 
One of the following situations applies:
(a) 
There are four or fewer campsites; or
(b) 
There are five or more campsites occupied only by the property owner or his/her immediate family; or
(c) 
There are five or more campsites occupied for less than 60 hours in any calendar year;
(2) 
There shall be permitted no more than one camping unit per campsite;
(3) 
A recreational vehicle must be inspected and registered with an appropriate state agency in accordance with all vehicle and traffic laws and must be maintained in an operable condition and highway ready at all times;
(4) 
A camping unit must be structurally sound and in good repair;
(5) 
The occupancy limits of § 120-5A are met allowing (with conditions) up to 12 persons per campsite for overnight occupancy;
(6) 
Camping shall not occur more than 180 cumulative days in any calendar year; and
(7) 
Camping takes place in the side or rear yard of an improved lot.
C. 
Use as temporary shelter by owner.
(1) 
The use of recreational vehicle as a temporary shelter by the owner of land which contains a permanent dwelling, shall be permitted provided that:
(a) 
The land is used as the principal residence of the owner and his or her family or legal tenants;
(b) 
The dwelling serving as the principal residence is no longer habitable due to an event of force majeure;
(c) 
The owner has received a building permit to repair or replace the dwelling; and
(d) 
The owner obtains a temporary certificate of occupancy for the RV for use by persons displaced from the dwelling.
(2) 
A temporary certificate of occupancy issued by the Code Enforcement Officer under this § 120-8C shall be limited to a maximum term of one year without renewal.
(3) 
As used herein, the term "an event of force majeure" shall include acts of God (such as storms, flooding, earthquake, volcanic eruption, etc.), fire, wars, insurrections and/or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the owner and his or her family or legal tenants.
None of the provisions of this chapter shall be applicable to the following:
A. 
The business of recreational vehicle sales operating pursuant to applicable law;
B. 
Any mobile home park regulated under Catskill Town Code, Chapter 121, Mobile Home Parks;
C. 
A recreational vehicle or similar equipment not in use which may be stored on premises containing a dwelling owned or leased by the owner of such recreational vehicle or similar equipment; provided, however, that the owner of such recreational vehicle or similar equipment shall at all times comply with the Property Maintenance Code of New York State, or any amendment thereof.
A. 
At the time of the adoption of this local law, existing campgrounds shall be considered as conforming to the requirements of this chapter including the formal special use permit procedure if they have:
(1) 
A permit to operate a campground from the NYSDOH; and
(2) 
A special use permit from the Town pursuant to Chapter 160, Zoning, if the campground was established after the Town's adoption of its Zoning Law (October 4, 1988).
B. 
Any campground existing at the time of the adoption of this local law which does not have a permit to operate a campground from the NYSDOH and approval from the Town if established after October 4, 1988, shall be deemed nonconforming and shall be required to apply for a campground special use permit.
C. 
Any campground subject to § 120-10A shall not be required to make any changes to their existing configuration or operations. However, this chapter shall apply to any expansion of an existing campground subject to § 120-10A, including increases in the number of campsites even if no additional land area is involved in the expanded use.
D. 
All campgrounds subject to § 120-10A shall:
(1) 
Be considered compliant only as long as a campground permit issued by the NYSDOH pursuant to Title 10 NYCRR, Chapter 1, Part 7, Subpart 7-1-3(e) is valid and in effect; and upon the NYSDOH's issuance of a new campground permit, within 60 days of issuance, the NYSDOH campground permit holder shall provide the Code Enforcement Officer with a copy of the new NYSDOH campground permit;
(2) 
Comply with NYSDOH, NYSDEC, or other federal, state or local agency requirements; and
(3) 
Have their legal use as a campground be considered null and void if pursuant to Catskill Town Code, Chapter 160, Zoning, Section 160-17A(5), the use as a campground shall cease for more than one year for any reason.
(4) 
Post a copy of the NYSDOH campground permit in a conspicuous place on the campground.
Should any section or provision of this chapter be declared by any court to be unconstitutional or invalid, such declaration shall not affect the validity of this chapter as a whole or any part thereof other than the part so declared to be unconstitutional or invalid.
This chapter shall take effect upon its adoption and filing with the Office of the Secretary of State.