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Town of Southeast, NY
Putnam County
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[Adopted 2-21-1967]
No contours of any land for the Town of Southeast shall be altered by the excavation, removal or relocation of earth, loam, topsoil, sand, gravel, clay, stone or minerals or by the depositing of any material, natural or otherwise, except as provided in this article.
A. 
The following are specifically exempt from this article, except as noted in Subsection B:
(1) 
Changes in contour directly related to the bona fide construction or alteration of a building or structure when such construction or alteration is authorized by a valid building permit.
(2) 
Changes in contour in accordance with subdivision construction plans and contour maps approved by the Planning Board, provided that approval was granted within the three years preceding such change in contours. If such approval was granted over three years prior to the actual change in contours, the construction plans and contour maps must meet the most recent regulations of Chapter 138, Zoning, and Chapter 123, Subdivision of Land.
(3) 
Changes in contour directly related to the construction of an accessway or driveway.
(4) 
Changes in contour resulting from bona fide landscaping not involving the removal, depositing or relocation of more than 100 cubic yards per acre, except topsoil.
(5) 
Removal of unsuitable material and depositing of suitable material for the construction or reconstruction of sewerage systems, accessways and driveways.
(6) 
Changes in contour of public lands as may be authorized by Town officials having jurisdiction over such lands.
B. 
The exemptions covered in Subsection A(1) through (6) shall not adversely affect adjacent property and shall meet the following conditions:
(1) 
Natural drainage onto or from adjacent property shall not be adversely affected.
(2) 
Elevations at property lines shall not be changed, and changes in elevations 10 feet from the property line shall not exceed two feet.
(3) 
All artificial slopes shall not exceed 30° to the horizontal.
All exemptions listed in § 69-13 shall be under the jurisdiction of the Building Inspector or any other agent designated by the Planning Board. Any individual serving in any one or more of these capacities has the authority and responsibility of stopping questionable projects and referring them to the Planning Board.
The Planning Board may authorize the changing of contours within an area not exceeding five acres by the excavation, removal or relocation of earth, loam, topsoil, sand, gravel, clay, stone or minerals or by the depositing of any material, natural or otherwise, by granting a special permit as provided for herein:
A. 
Application. An application for the granting of a special permit shall be submitted to the Planning Board, in writing, on forms prescribed by the Board. If the application is by a person other than the owner of the land involved, the application must be signed by all owners and the applicant. The applicant must contain the following information:
(1) 
The date of application.
(2) 
The name of the applicant and the address to which notices may be sent.
(3) 
Title(s) and date(s) of map(s).
(4) 
The name(s) of the land surveyor(s) or engineer(s) preparing the map(s).
(5) 
The name(s) of record owner(s) of the property.
(6) 
The existence of mortgage or other encumbrances on the property, including the name and address of the mortgagee.
(7) 
A statement of any easements or deed restrictions affecting the property.
(8) 
The zone in which the property is located.
(9) 
The area of the property in acres.
(10) 
The names and addresses of all owners of land abutting or within 200 feet of the property lines.
(11) 
The source of data for existing contours if not from actual field survey.
(12) 
An estimate of the quantity of material to be moved.
(13) 
The proposed date of completion of the project.
(14) 
Signatures of the applicant and all owners.
B. 
Supporting documents. The application for a special permit must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:
(1) 
A plot plan, prepared by and bearing the seal of a land surveyor or engineer licensed to practice in the State of New York, certifying to the accuracy of the information of the map. The map shall not exceed 25 inches by 37 inches, shall be drawn to a scale of not less than 100 feet to the inch and shall be drawn with black waterproof ink on a good-quality white linen or may be a lithoprint on good-quality heavy white linen tracing cloth. A copy of this map shall be submitted on good-quality heavy linen tracing cloth for the records of the Planning Board. This plot plan shall show the following:
(a) 
Boundary lines of the property showing area to be excavated or filled.
(b) 
Existing and proposed structures.
(c) 
Adjoining property lines and streets and the names of all adjacent property owners as shown on the Town tax assessment records.
(d) 
Existing and proposed drainage, watercourses, ponds, easements and rights-of-way.
(2) 
Proof that written notice of the proposed changes have been given to all mortgage holders.
(3) 
A written statement from the Putnam County Treasurer's office certifying that all current taxes levied against the property have been paid in full and that there are no unreleased tax liens encumbering said property.
(4) 
An engineering report, issued by a professional engineer licensed to practice in the State of New York, stating that any artificial lake or pond has sufficient water flow to maintain the proposed level and to avoid stagnation.
(5) 
An engineering report, issued by a professional engineer licensed to practice in the State of New York, stating that the proposed change of contours will not adversely affect the water table.
C. 
A fee as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Town Board shall be paid to the Town of Southeast.
[Amended 6-11-1977; 6-16-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
D. 
Public hearing. Before acting upon any application for a special permit under the provisions of this section, the Planning Board shall hold a public hearing. Public notice of such hearing shall be published as a legal notice in a newspaper of substantial circulation in the Town. Such hearing shall be held within 90 days after receipt of such application and supporting documents.
E. 
Conditions of approval. The Planning Board may, after a public hearing, grant a special permit for a limited period of time not exceeding one year for the changing of contours within a specific area not to exceed five acres if it shall find that such changes in contour will not result in the creation of any sharp declivities, pits or depressions, soil erosion or fertility problems, depressed land values, sufficient noise, dust or dirt to be a public nuisance or create any drainage or sewage problems or other conditions which would impair the use of the property in accordance with Chapter 138, Zoning, and that such change in contours will be in harmony with the general purpose and intent of Chapter 138, Zoning.
(1) 
The plans as approved by the Planning Board shall become part of the special permit, and the following conditions shall be met:
(a) 
The changes in contour shall conform to the plans approved by the Planning Board.
(b) 
No artificial slope greater than 30° to the horizontal shall be created.
(c) 
No change in contour shall be made within 25 feet of any property line.
(d) 
No artificial slope greater than 15° to the horizontal shall be created within 50 feet of any property line.
(e) 
No artificial slope greater than 15° to the horizontal shall be created within 50 feet of any street line.
(f) 
All artificial ponds and lakes created by any change in land contours shall have sufficient water flow to maintain the proposed level and to avoid stagnation.
(g) 
The entire property except for ponds and lakes shall be graded to shed water without erosion and to avoid stagnation.
(h) 
All temporary structures and debris shall be cleared from the land within the 60 days following the expiration or revocation of the permit or the completion of the changes in contour, whichever occurs earlier.
(i) 
The top layer of arable soil for a depth of six inches shall be set aside on the premises and shall be respread over the premises in accordance with the approved contour lines within the 30 days following the expiration or revocation of the permit or the completion of the changes in contours, whichever occurs earlier.
(j) 
No sorting, grading, crushing or other machinery for treatment or processing of material being removed or deposited shall be erected, maintained or operated on the premises for which a permit may be granted.
(k) 
No building shall be erected upon the premises except temporary shelters for machinery and a field office.
(l) 
Within the 60 days following the expiration or revocation of the permit or the completion of the changes in contour, the entire area disturbed from its natural state, including all truck access and other service roads, shall be suitably graded with arable soil and seeded with a perennial rye grass so as to prevent soil erosion.
(m) 
All material deposited upon the premises for the purpose of meeting the requirements of the approved contours shall be clean, nonburnable fill containing no garbage, refuse, offal or any deleterious or unwholesome matter.
(n) 
All finished contours shall be a minimum of six feet above any ledge or the natural water table, except in such cases where the original land condition showed a ledge or water table at a depth of less than six feet, in which case the existing conditions shall be maintained as a minimum.
(o) 
No sign of any nature, other than customary traffic control, safety and trespassing signs, shall be posted or erected in connection with the operation granted under these regulations.
(2) 
The operation of any project involving the change of contours shall be under the control of the Planning Board, who shall prepare or approve a schedule as part of the permit, showing the following:
(a) 
Limitations on the days of the week or the hours of the day during which work may be performed on the premises. However, in no case will work be permitted before 7:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. or at any time on Sunday or New Year's Day, Washington's Birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas.
(b) 
Requirements as to the control of dust, noise, fumes and lighting, if permitted, so as to prevent results injurious or offensive to the general public.
(c) 
Limitations as to the size and type of machinery used upon the premises.
(d) 
Town roads to be used to gain access to the premises from state roads.
(e) 
Limitations to axle loadings as required to protect Town roads.
(f) 
Provisions for preventing spillage of material and the omission of dust and flying particles from vehicles transporting materials removed from or to be deposited on the premises.
(g) 
The amount of the performance bond to be filed in accordance with Subsection H.
(3) 
The Planning Board may at any time during the permit year require an engineering progress report from the permittee, to be made by a licensed civil engineer. If such report is not received by the Planning Board within 30 days from date of such request, the Planning Board may engage a professional engineer or land surveyor to determine compliance with the terms of this regulation, and all expenses in connection therewith shall be paid by the permittee.
F. 
Variance of conditions. The Planning Board may vary or alter any conditions established under Subsection E(1)(b), (c), (d), (e), (h), (l) and (n) if, in its opinion, such variance or alteration is in harmony with the original application and the purpose and intent of the permit granted. Where the application is submitted by a nonprofit organization for the creation of recreation facilities on land owned by or under long-term lease to such organization, the Planning Board may waive any portion of this section which, in its opinion, would create an unnecessary burden or hardship.
G. 
Responsibilities of permittee. The permittee shall be responsible to the Town of Southeast through the Planning Board for the compliance with all provisions of the special permit and to the Town of Southeast for the following. (All such responsibilities shall be reflected in the performance bond of Subsection H.)
(1) 
Damage caused to Town roads by any equipment used in performance of the operations covered by a special permit issued pursuant to these regulations. All necessary road repairs are to be made to the satisfaction of the Superintendent of Highways.
(2) 
For supplying and placing all highway warning signs and other safety devices as may be deemed necessary by the Town of Southeast Town Board.
(3) 
For removing all spillage that may accumulate on the roadways in the Town of Southeast.
H. 
Performance bond. The applicant shall file with the Planning Board of the Town of Southeast a performance bond, made to the Town of Southeast, in the form and with surety acceptable to the Planning Board, in such amount as the Planning Board shall deem sufficient to insure faithful performance of the work to be undertaken pursuant to the conditions of approval (Subsection E), the responsibilities of permittee (Subsection G) and revocation and suspension (Subsection K).
(1) 
The term of such bond shall not extend more than 60 days beyond the expiration date of the permit granted or more than 60 days beyond the revocation of the permit in accordance with Subsection K.
(2) 
No such bond shall be released, nor shall the permittee be deemed to have complied with the conditions provided for herein, until he has filed with the Planning Board a written statement, bearing the seal of a land surveyor or engineer licensed to practice in the State of New York, certifying that the final contours meet the requirements of the permit, and inspection of the premises by an agent of the Planning Board to assure that all other conditions have been met.
(3) 
The Planning Board shall take steps to initiate action for the calling of the performance bond as soon as practical, but no later than 30 days following the sixty-day restoration period allowed after completion of project, or expiration or revocation of the permit, unless all work has been satisfactorily completed or the Planning Board deems that extenuating circumstances warrant a limited extension of the restoration period, in which case the bond must be renewed for the same limited period.
I. 
Approval or disapproval of application. The Planning Board shall approve or disapprove an application within 60 days after the public hearing.
(1) 
Approval may be voted prior to the posting of a bond. However, such approval is conditioned upon the posting of a bond satisfactory to the Planning Board.
(2) 
No map may be signed as being approved until the Planning Board votes approval and a satisfactory bond is posted.
(3) 
Approval of the application shall become effective when the applicant files with the Town Clerk a plot plan signed by the Chairman of the Planning Board.
J. 
Enforcement of special permit. The Building Inspector or any special agent appointed by the Planning Board shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of any special permit.
K. 
Revocation and suspension. The Planning Board may revoke or suspend a special permit granted under these regulations in accordance with the following:
(1) 
The special permit may be revoked after notice in writing and a public hearing for the following:
(a) 
Violation of any condition of the permit.
(b) 
Violation of any provision of this regulation or any other law or regulation relating to the operation permitted.
(c) 
The existence of any condition or the doing of any act constituting or creating a nuisance or endangering the life or property of another.
(2) 
A written notice of any contemplated revocation must be sent to the permittee at the address appearing on the application. Such notice shall be by registered or certified mail and shall describe the violation charged and the date upon which a public hearing shall be held.
(3) 
A permit may, at the discretion of the Planning Board, be suspended 24 hours after the postmark of the written notice of Subsection K(2).
(4) 
Upon revocation of the permit, the entire area disturbed during the operation shall be made to conform with the provisions of Subsection E(1)(b) through (i) and (l) through (n).
(5) 
Upon revocation of the permit, all time periods for completion or restoration, as provided in the sections referenced in Subsection K(4), shall commence on what would have been the first permitted day of operation if the permit had not been revoked.
In addition to any other provisions contained herein, the Town of Southeast, acting through the Planning Board, may take such civil action as may be deemed necessary to enforce any of the provisions of this article.
[Amended 6-16-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
Any person who violates any provision of this article, upon conviction, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a period of not exceeding 15 days, or both. Each day's continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation, and there shall be a fine of not more than $100 for each additional violation therefor. Except as otherwise provided by law, such violation shall not be a crime, and the penalty or punishment imposed therefor shall not be deemed for any purpose a penal or criminal penalty or punishment and shall not impose any disability upon or affect or empower the creditability as a witness or otherwise of any person convicted thereof.