Perennial and Intermittent Surface Water Buffers
A surface water shall be deemed present if the feature is approximately shown on either the most recent version of
the soil survey map prepared by the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the United States Department of
Agriculture or the most recent version of the 1:24,000 scale (7.5 minute) quadrangle topographic maps prepared by
the United States Geological Survey (USGS). An exception to this requirement may be allowed when surface waters
are not present in accordance with the provisions of 15A NCAC 2B .0233 (3)(a) or similar site-specific
determination made using methodology approved by NCDENR Division of Water Quality. All built-upon area shall
be at a minimum of:
30 feet landward of all perennial and intermittent surface waters; or
100 feet landward of any perennial surface waters located within a water supply watershed when using
the high-density option.
Desirable artificial stream bank or shoreline stabilization is permitted. No new development is allowed in the buffer
except for water dependent structures, other structures such as flag poles, signs and security lights which result in
only minimal increases in impervious surface area and public projects, such as road crossings and greenways where
no practical alternative exists. These activities should minimize built-upon area; direct runoff away from the surface
waters; and maximize the utilization of stormwater best management practices.