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Pursuant to the requirements and guidelines of the National Environmental Protection Act, the Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the State Environmental Policy Act, the following is a summary of environmental considerations regarding the Subdivision Regulations for The Village of Walnut Creek, North Carolina.
1. Abstract: The Subdivision Regulations will constitute a municipal ordinance, setting forth provisions that will aid in bringing orderly development. This ordinance applies to the future subdivision of land within the village planning jurisdiction as authorized by the General Statutes of North Carolina. Included are provisions for the orderly layout of streets: for properly identifying, monumenting and recording real estate for insuring that adequate improvements are installed in new subdivisions; and the establishment of a plat review and approval process.
2. Environmental Impact: These regulations, if adopted and adequately enforced, will have a favorable impact on the environment because of more efficient use of land, sewage collection and disposal requirements, and soil erosion control requirements.
3. Adverse Environmental Effects Which Cannot Be Avoided: The subdivision regulations will not create any adverse environmental effects.
4. Alternatives: Three other alternatives exist; no subdivision regulations, less restrictive subdivision regulations, and more restrictive regulations. The first two alternatives would not produce satisfactory development controls. The third alternative would excessively retard development.
5. The Relationship Between Local Short-Term Uses Of Man's Environment And The Maintenance And Enhancement Of Long-Term Productivity: The subdivision regulations require street and lot design compatible with land characteristics. A short-term consideration is that families will enjoy more pleasurable residential developments while at the same time protecting long-term productivity considerations embracing soils, vegetation and other unique topography.
6. Irreversible And Irretrievable Commitments Of Resources: The subdivision regulations will not commit resources, but rather help direct the commitment of resources in a protective manner.
7. Applicable Federal And State Environmental Controls: Federal Controls include the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. State Legislation includes the North Carolina Environmental Policy Act of 71 (Chapter 113A).
8. Mitigation Measures Proposed To Minimize Impact: One of the primary purposes of subdivision regulations is to minimize the impact of development on the natural environment.
(Ord., passed 6-2-77)