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(A) Inspection. Agents, officials, or other qualified persons authorized by the town, will periodically inspect land-disturbing activities to ensure compliance with the Act, this chapter, or rules or orders adopted or issued pursuant to this chapter, and to determine whether the measures required in the plan are effective in controlling erosion and sedimentation resulting from land-disturbing activity. Notice of the right to inspect shall be included in the certificate of approval of each plan.
(B) Willful resistance, delay or obstruction. No person shall willfully resist, delay, or obstruct an authorized representative, employee, or agent of the town, while that person is inspecting or attempting to inspect a land-disturbing activity under this section.
(C) Notice of violation. If the town determines that a person engaged in land-disturbing activity has failed to comply with the Act, this chapter, or rules, or orders adopted or issued pursuant to this chapter, a notice of violation shall be served upon that person. The notice may be served by any means authorized under G.S. § 1A-1, Rule 4. The notice shall specify a date by which the person must comply with the Act, or this chapter, or rules, or orders adopted pursuant to this chapter, and inform the person of the actions that need to be taken to comply with the Act, this chapter, or rules or orders adopted pursuant to this chapter. Any person who fails to comply within the time specified is subject to additional civil and criminal penalties for a continuing violation as provided in G.S. § 113A-64 and this chapter. If the person engaged in the land-disturbing activity has not received a previous notice of violation under this section, the town shall deliver the notice of violation in person and shall offer assistance in developing corrective measures. Assistance may be provided by referral to a technical assistance program in the Department, referral to a cooperative extension program, or by the provision of written materials such as Department guidance documents. If the town is unable to deliver the notice of violation in person within 15 days following discovery of the violation, the notice of violation may be served in the manner prescribed for service of process by G.S. § 1A-1, Rule 4, and shall include information on how to obtain assistance in developing corrective measures.
(D) Investigation. The town, shall have the power to conduct such investigation as it may reasonably deem necessary to carry out its duties as prescribed in this chapter, and who presents appropriate credentials for this purpose to enter at reasonable times upon any property, public or private, for the purpose of investigating and inspecting the sites of any land-disturbing activity.
(E) Statements and Reports. The town shall also have the power to require written statements, or filing of reports under oath, with respect to pertinent questions relating to land-disturbing activity.
(Ord. 2020-09-07, passed 9-21-20)