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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: March 10, 2020 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 5-a <br /> SUBJECT: Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Text Amendments — Clarification of <br /> Setbacks from the West Fork on the Eno Reservoir <br /> DEPARTMENT: Planning and Inspections <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> 1. Aerial Photo of the West Fork on the Michael D. Harvey, Planner III, (919) 245-2597 <br /> Eno Reservoir Craig Benedict, Director, (919) 245-2575 <br /> 2. Excerpt from November 6, 2019 <br /> Ordinance Review Committee (ORC) <br /> Meeting <br /> 3. Excerpt of Draft February 5, 2020 <br /> Planning Board Minutes and Signed <br /> Statement of Consistency <br /> 4. Public Hearing Legal Ad <br /> 5. Statement of Consistency <br /> 6. UDO Text Amendment(s) <br /> PURPOSE: To hold a public hearing, receive the Planning Board recommendation and public <br /> comment, and consider action on Planning Director initiated Unified Development Ordinance <br /> (UDO) text amendments revising/updating existing guidelines associated with the enforcement <br /> of reservoir setbacks for structures and septic systems. <br /> Specifically, the amendment seeks to establish the effective date for the expansion of the West <br /> Fork on the Eno reservoir. If approved, the amendment will create an exemption for parcels and <br /> development (i.e. structures and septic systems) established prior to the creation/expansion of <br /> the reservoir, specifically February 12, 1997. <br /> The amendment also updates existing references to the final normal pool elevation (NPE) of the <br /> reservoir, which according to the Town of Hillsborough is going to be 642 ft. In the summer of <br /> 2019, the Town indicated the NPE for the reservoir was going to be 643.9 ft. and staff <br /> proceeded with an amendment based on this information. After being notified of the updated <br /> NPE, the amendment now references a NPE of 642 ft. <br /> BACKGROUND: Section 6.13.4 Minimum Buffer Widths for Watershed Protection Overlay <br /> Districts of the UDO establishes a 150 ft. wide setback around reservoirs. This area is intended <br /> to be left in an undeveloped state. Additionally, Section 4.2.9 Water Supply/ Sewage Disposal <br /> Facilities of the UDO establishes a 300 ft. setback for septic tanks from a reservoir. <br />