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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.
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.