By the authority of the resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Waterford, adopted on March 8, 1961, pursuant to the provisions of Article 16 of the Town Law of the State of New York, the Planning Board of the Town of Waterford 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 approve preliminary plats, within that part of the Town of Waterford 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 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 properly related to the proposals shown on the Master Plan, if such exists, and shall be of 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 Waterford Land Subdivision Regulations," have been adopted by the Planning Board on July 9, 1984, and approved by the Town Board on September 4, 1984.
For the purpose of these regulations, certain words and terms used herein are defined as follows:
- An obligation in writing, under seal, issued by a surety company satisfactory to the Town Board, binding the obligor to pay a sum of money to the Town if the obliger fails to satisfactorily install and/or maintain improvements as required under § 277, Subdivision 1, of the Town Law, as amended.
- CLERK OF THE PLANNING BOARD
- That person who shall be designated to perform the duties of the Clerk of the Planning Board for all purposes of these regulations.
- COLLECTOR STREET
- A street, including the principal entrance street of a residential development, which carries traffic from minor streets to major streets.
- 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 by another, and for a specified purpose, of any designated part of his property.
- ENGINEER or LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER
- A person licensed as a professional engineer by the State of New York.
- LOT LINE ALTERATION
- Any alteration of lot lines or dimensions of any lots or
sites shown on a plat previously approved and filed in the office
of the Saratoga County Clerk or any alteration of lot lines or dimensions
of any lots of sites not previously approved by the Planning Board.[Added 10-7-2003 by L.L. No. 12-2003]
- 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 five or more lots, or any size subdivision requiring any new street or extension of municipal facilities.
- MASTER OR 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.
- MINOR STREET
- A street intended to serve primarily as an access to abutting properties.
- MINOR SUBDIVISION
- Any subdivision containing not more than four 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 Master Plan. Official Map or Zoning Ordinance, if such exists, 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.
- The owner of the land proposed to be subdivided or his agent.
- PLANNING BOARD or BOARD
- The Planning Board of the Town.
- PRELIMINARY PLAT
- A drawing or drawings clearly marked "preliminary plat," showing the layout of a proposed subdivision, as specified in § A166-21 of these regulations, submitted to the Planning Board for approval 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.
- SKETCH PLAN
- A sketch of a proposed subdivision showing the information specified in § A166-19 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 TREES
- Those trees within 20 feet of the street right-of-way.
- STREET WIDTH
- The width of the right-of-way measured at right angles to the center line of the street.
- Any person, firm, corporation, partnership or association who shall lay out any subdivision or part thereof as defined herein, either for himself or others.
- The division of any tract of land into two or more portions
or parcels, lots, blocks or sites, with or without streets or highways,
and includes resubdivision. That land referred to as a "subdivision"
in these regulations shall consist of one or more lots, plots, sites
or other divisions of said tract for immediate or future transfer
of ownership or for building development. That portion, if any, not
intended for transfer of ownership or for building development shall
be regarded as an adjacent or contiguous holding. The term "subdivision"
shall include a lot line alteration.[Amended 10-7-2003 by L.L. No. 12-2003]
- 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
- The duly designated Engineer of the Town.