Coastal Zone Management
The Town of Hempstead hereby assumes the responsibility and authority to implement and administer a Coastal Erosion Management Program within its jurisdiction pursuant to Article 84 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law. It is the purpose of this chapter to:
A. Establish standards and procedures for minimizing and preventing damage to structures from coastal flooding and erosion and to protect natural protective features and other natural resources.
B. Regulate, in coastal areas subject to coastal flooding
and erosion, land use and development activities so as to minimize or prevent damage or destruction to man-made property, natural protective features and other natural resources and to protect human life.
C. Regulate new construction or placement of structures in order to place them a safe distance from areas of active erosion and the impacts of coastal storms to ensure that these structures are not prematurely destroyed or damaged due to improper siting, as well as to prevent damage to natural protective features and other natural resources.
D. Restrict public investment in services, facilities or activities which are likely to encourage new permanent development in erosion hazard areas.
E. Regulate the construction of erosion protection structures in coastal areas subject to serious erosion to assure that, when the construction of erosion protection structures is justified, their construction and operation will minimize or prevent damage or destruction to man-made property, private and public property, natural protective features and other natural resources.
F. Supersede the Town Law of the State of New York pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York § 10, Subdivision 1(ii)d(3), with respect to any perceived conflict between the terms of this chapter and said Town Law.
Learn more about the Town’s CEHA program in the Town Code.