Town of Philipstown, NY
Putnam County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Philipstown 1-6-1999 by L.L. No. 1-1999. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 112, Part 1.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 150.
A. 
Purpose. The Town of Philipstown hereby adopts a uniform system of street names and property numbering for the purpose of assigning street addresses to all developed properties in the town.
B. 
Legislative findings. The Town Board of the Town of Philipstown hereby determines that it is in the best interests of the residents of the town to adopt and implement a uniform system of street names and property numbering in the town to facilitate the provision of emergency services to the residents of the town.
Notwithstanding any other provision of state or local law or regulation to the contrary, for the purposes of this chapter, the following terms are defined as follows:
COLLECTOR ROAD
All town roads that connect a main road, as herein defined, at two different points or that lead from one main road to another main road. In addition, the term "collector road" shall include roads that may be used as detours should a main road be closed due to a catastrophe or reconstruction.
LOCAL ROAD
Includes all low-traffic roads within the town, such as those servicing residential neighborhoods or which end in a dead end or cul-de-sac or empty into another low-volume road.
MAIN ROAD
All New York State routes and all county highways within the town.
A. 
The following numbering conventions are adopted in order to implement the uniform property numbering system:
(1) 
Main roads.
(a) 
Numbers shall start at the southern Putnam County line and increase in a northerly direction.
(b) 
Generally, numbers shall start at the Hudson River and increase in an easterly direction.
(c) 
Numbers shall continue in sequence on such roads in spite of any road name changes or changes in jurisdiction.
(2) 
Collector roads.
(a) 
Generally, numbers shall start at a main road and increase in a northerly or easterly direction.
(b) 
Numbers shall continue in sequence on such roads, in spite of any road name changes or changes in jurisdiction.
(3) 
Local roads. Numbers shall start at a main or collector road and increase in any direction from such road.
(4) 
Odd/even convention.
(a) 
Generally, odd numbers shall be used on the west and south sides of any road.
(b) 
Generally, even numbers shall be used on the east and north side of any road.
(c) 
When the above conventions are in conflict, such as when a road runs in two directions, e.g., east then north, northwest or loops, the convention shall be to make a judgment based upon the longest segment of the road.
(d) 
Generally when entering dead-end roads or culs-de-sac, odd numbers shall be used on the left, and even numbers shall be used on the right.
(e) 
The numbers 13 and 666 should not be used.
B. 
Numbering spacing.
(1) 
A fifty-foot module shall be used with a number assigned to each 50 feet on each side of a road. When there are two structures with access from one driveway in a fifty-foot module, a separate number shall be assigned to each structure. Driveways providing access to three or more structures must have their own road name.
(2) 
The use of alphanumeric designations is prohibited except to designate multiple apartments located in the same structure.
C. 
New construction; subdivisions.
(1) 
Prior to the issuance of any driveway permit, building permit, or certificate of occupancy for new construction within the town, the Building Inspector shall assign a number to each structure for which such permit or certificate is sought.
(2) 
Prior to final subdivision approval, the Planning Board shall require all new plat maps to contain both the approved street names and street numbering in fifty-foot modules on the Mylar signed by the Board for filing in the Putnam County Clerk's office. Corner lots should be assigned numbers on each road to accommodate final driveway placement.
(3) 
The Building Inspector shall assign the final number when the Driveway Permit is issued. The address must be relayed to the Town Assessors' office, Town Clerk's office and the County Planning Department for 9-1-1 data base entry.
(4) 
The Building Inspector shall notify the County Planning Board on a monthly basis of all address assignments for new subdivisions, parcels and lots.
A. 
The Putnam County base map entitled "Town of Philipstown, Putnam County, New York," dated September 1985, prepared by the Putnam County Division of Planning, as the same may be amended from time to time, is hereby adopted in order to set forth the correct street names for implementing this chapter, a copy of which map is on file in the Town Clerk's office.
B. 
No new streets shall be accepted by the town until such street shall be identified by name and numbered in accordance with this chapter. If new streets are extensions of existing streets, the name of such existing streets shall be attached to such extension. If a new street is not an extension of an existing street, then the name by which the new street is designated shall not be identical to, nor bear any similarity to, or conflict with the names of any existing street as shown on said map, amendment or modification thereof.
C. 
The Town Board shall have the authority to name streets and roads, to change the names on such map or to give names to any unnamed streets or roads by resolution from time to time.
The following specifications, standards and requirements in connection with the numbering of properties and principal buildings are hereby adopted:
A. 
All properties or parcels of land within the town shall hereafter be identified for street location purposes by reference to the uniform numbering system adopted herein.
B. 
Each principal building shall bear the number assigned to the street frontage on which the driveway entrance is located, but if none, then on which the front entrance is located. In case a principal building is occupied by more than one business or family dwelling unit, the entrance to each separate use of such principal building shall bear a separate number.
C. 
Numerals indicating the official numbers for each principal building or for each separate entrance as specified above shall be posted in a manner as to be visible from the street on which the property is located.
D. 
Wherever any building is more than 50 feet from the street line, or the number is otherwise not visible from the street on which the property is located, the official number shall be affixed to a gatepost, fence, tree, post or other appropriate place so as to be easily visible from the street line and so as to identify clearly the driveway for the property. Whenever any such building or property is occupied by more than one business, family dwelling unit, or use, the official numbers shall be affixed both to a gatepost, fence, tree, post or other such appropriate place, and also to the entrance to each separate business, dwelling unit or use.
E. 
The official numbers shall not be less then three inches in height and shall be made of a durable and clearly visible, reflective material.
F. 
The official numerals shall be placed on buildings by the owner or agent within 30 days after notice to the owner or agent of the number assigned.
G. 
A certificate of occupancy shall not be issued for new buildings unless this chapter has been complied with.
A. 
The Building Inspector of the Town of Philipstown shall determine the numbers for any property or building hereunder pursuant to this chapter, and may amend such numbers from time to time.
B. 
The conventions established in this chapter may be adjusted by the Building Inspector or the Town Board where warranted by municipal boundaries or other requirements.
This chapter shall supersede any other inconsistent provision of any local law, ordinance or resolution.
A. 
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment not to exceed 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each week's continued violation shall constitute a separate additional violation.
B. 
This chapter shall be enforced by the Code Enforcement Officer or any other official appointed by the Town Board.
If any part or parts of this chapter is/are, for any reason, found to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon filing in the office of the Secretary of State.