3.3.3 Lake Norman Watershed Overlay District

Intent: The intent of the Lake Norman Watershed Overlay District is to provide for the protection of public water supplies as required by the NC. Water Supply Watershed Classification and Protection Act (G.S 143-214.5) and regulations promulgated there under. The Lake Norman Watershed Overlay may be applied in any zoning district. The Lake Norman Watershed Overlay District supplements the regulations of the underlying zoning district within the Lake Norman Watershed Protection Area to ensure protection of public drinking water supplies. All other uses and regulations for the underlying district shall continue to remain in effect for properties classified under the Lake Norman Watershed Overlay District.

.1 Applicability: The Lake Norman Watershed Protection Area is that area within the jurisdiction of the Town of Huntersville which contributes surface drainage into that portion of the Catawba River known as Lake Norman and its tributaries. The Lake Norman Watershed Protection area is specifically defined on the Huntersville Zoning Maps.

.2 Exceptions to Applicability:

a) Existing development, as defined in Section 12.2.3, is not subject to the requirements of the Lake Norman Watershed Overlay District. Expansions to structures classified as existing development must beet the requirements of this section, however the built-upon area of the existing development is not required to be included in the impervious calculations.

b) An existing lot, as defined in Section 12.2.3, owned prior to the effective date of this ordinance, regardless of whether or not a vested right has been established, may be developed for single family residential purposes subject only to the buffer requirements of Section 3.3.3-A, f) and g) whichever are applicable.

c) Existing public utilities may expand without being subject to the restrictions of this part provided that:

(i) Such expansion complies with all applicable laws of the State of North Carolina and the United States of America; and

(ii) Discharges associated with the existing public utilities may be expanded, however the pollutant load shall not be increased beyond presently permitted levels.

.3 Watershed Subareas Established:

a) Critical Area. The Critical Area is defined as the land area which begins at the normal pool elevation of Lake Norman and extends one-half mile inland or to the ridgeline, whichever is closest, as shown more specifically on the Huntersville Zoning Maps.

b) Protected Area. There is no Lake Norman Protected Area located within the jurisdiction of the Town of Huntersville.

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