Both New Hartford and Barkhamsted have regulations governing the process of building, related to wetlands, zoning, and building.
Wetland Regulated AreaGenerally, the Wetland Regulated Area is that within 100 feet of any body of water, but there are other areas of the watershed that may be included. For anyone considering development (addition, new windows, new roof, painting, landscape work, waterfront work) in the watershed, first stop should be your local Inland-Wetlands Enforcement Officer. You must have the appropriate approvals and permits before starting any work. This may include approvals from other agencies or departments as well, including Zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Town’s Building Department or other regulatory agencies. These approvals will ensure the proper protection of the lake from regulated activities. And will protect you from fines or other compliance activities were you to commence before securing the proper permits. If you have any questions you should reach out to the appropriate regulatory agencies to better understand the regulations that may affect you. Be sure to secure the proper approvals before starting any work.
Lead and Paint
Many of not most dwellings in the watershed were built prior to 1978 when new laws went into effect restricting or eliminating the use of lead in home building materials. If you are considering renovation of a structure built prior to 1978, be sure to familiarize yourself with the compliance requirements defined by the US EPA for lead abatement and enforced by numerous agencies; local, state and federal. The regulations for lead abatement compliance apply whether you are planning to hire a contractor or perform the work yourself – so it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with the regulations. Lead is an insidious toxin in the environment and very difficult to remove. Let make sure that now we are aware of its danger, to take the necessary precautions.
The Watershed and Zoning
Zoning Map Overlay The section of West Hill Pond’s watershed which falls within the Town of Barkhamsted is regulated by the R2A Zoning Regulations of the Town of Barkhamsted. The section of West Hill Pond’s watershed which falls within the Town of New Hartford is regulated either by the Town of New Hartford R2 or R4 Zoning Regulations. For a larger map click here. [2.2 mb file]