Town of Bethlehem, CT
Litchfield County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Bethlehem 4-23-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Solid waste — See Ch. 113.
This chapter is adopted pursuant to the provisions of Chapters 98 and 246 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Shall have the meaning ascribed to it in Section 14-67 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
Scrap, waste and discarded materials, possessing usefulness, if any, only through conversion or reduction into their components; any article or collection thereof that is worn out, cast off, or discarded and that is ready for destruction or has been collected or stored for salvage or conversion.
Except for the specific exceptions noted below, the use of any area of any lot, whether inside or outside a building, for any of the following purposes:
The storage, keeping or abandonment of junk or any other scrap, waste or discarded materials or equipment, including old or used metal, glass, paper, and cordage, or secondhand material; or
The dismantling (other than for repair), demolition or abandonment of automobiles, other vehicles, machinery, equipment or parts thereof in connection with a use other than a motor vehicle recycler's business or a motor vehicle recycler's yard.
The foregoing terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them in Section 14-67g of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
Bethlehem is a rural community with a strong agricultural heritage and agrarian character. The Town's scenic beauty and village charm have been preserved through responsible and sensitive development that has allowed, and continues to allow, a wide range of reasonable uses. Bethlehem's residents respect private property rights and values, and they have traditionally limited the regulation of land uses to those activities and uses that pose the most significant risks to community and environmental health and safety and to those uses required to be regulated by state law. The unregulated operation of junkyards and junk dealers is found to pose such risks, particularly with respect to groundwater and surface water quality, the creation of blight, and the attraction of vectors. Therefore, it is in the interest of the Town to prohibit, to the extent allowed by law, the establishment of new junkyards or the expansion of existing junkyards.
No operations constituting a junkyard shall be established or expanded within the Town of Bethlehem except within a fully enclosed building.
Junkyard operations may be permitted to be established or expanded within an enclosed building only upon:
The submission to the Board of Selectmen of an application, including detailed interior plans for the storage of materials involved in the business, and a fee of $10;
The inspection of the premises by the Fire Marshal, Director of Health and Building Official; and
Certification in writing by those officials to the Board of Selectmen that the operations will not violate applicable public building, health or fire codes or otherwise pose any danger to public health or safety.
The Board of Selectmen may restrict or limit any such proposed operation in any manner it deems necessary to protect public health, safety and welfare and the Town's natural resources and environment.
The entire Town of Bethlehem is designated as a restricted district in which the establishment, operation, or maintenance of a motor vehicle recycler's business or motor vehicle recycler's yard is strictly prohibited.
A penalty of $100 per day is hereby established for each violation of this chapter. Citations may be issued for such violations pursuant to Chapter 1, Article I, of the Code of the Town of Bethlehem.
The Planning Commission is hereby authorized to adopt any rules or regulations, not inconsistent with this chapter, relating to junkyards and junk dealers to the extent permitted by state law.