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Environmental Programs and Information
Sanitary Sewer Easements
Typically contain at least one 8-inch underground plastic pipe and above-ground manholes. The easements are typically 20-30 feet wide. Refer to a property survey for exact dimensions and locations.
Manholes need to extend a minimum 1 foot above grade.
Fences and other permanent structures cannot be placed on sanitary sewer easements.
Vegetation allowed on these easements is limited to low ground covers. Vegetation is maintained by the homeowner.
The sanitary sewer lines are maintained by the Town.
Repairs are not likely for about 35-50 years or more after the lines are installed.
Drainage or Storm Sewer Easements
Are maintained by the property owner.
Typically convey stormwater runoff from properties upstream to properties downstream.
Are not necessarily designed to convey the entire flow of water in every rain.
May contain underground pipe, a wetland area, or a grass, rip rap, concrete or undefined “natural” channel.
Vary in width. Refer to a property survey for exact dimensions and locations.
Click here for additional information on maintaining drainage and stream buffer areas.
Right of Way
Town-owned property that typically contains a variety of underground utilities and Town-owned portions of water and sewer services.
Sometimes includes a sidewalk.
Typically extends about 10-12 feet behind the curb. Refer to a property survey for the exact dimensions.
Allowable vegetation is limited to low ground covers (with the exception of street trees in some pre-approved instances). Vegetation is maintained by the homeowner.
Clean Streams Initiative
Planning for the Future