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An easement is an interest in property for a particular purpose. Public utility easements that are dedicated to the Town of Fuquay-Varina cover water or sanitary sewer lines and can range from 20-40 feet wide. Private stormwater or drainage easements are located in areas where there is a storm drain system, a stormwater swale and/or access to a stormwater management structure such as a wet pond. Generally, you cannot make any improvements in a drainage easement. That means no fences, sheds, walls, trails or buildings. You should avoid planting trees or much landscaping as well. A property owner can maintain easement areas just as he or she would the rest of the yard. The Town does not maintain easement areas in lawn areas.
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The Town maintains the storm drainage system within the Town maintained street right-of-way only. NCDOT maintains storm drainage systems on NCDOT maintained right-of-way. Storm drainage pipes and drainage paths off the right-of-way are the responsibility of the individual property owners unless a HOA is identified for maintenance on the recorded plat.