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Mark Shumpert, PE
Haywood County Engineer
1233 N. Main St., Box 2
Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 356-2114 Office
(828) 356-2001 Fax

 

The County Engineer provides services to various departments of County Government, but works primarily to enforce the county's Slope Ordinance. In addition, the County Engineer is responsible for working with the Solid Waste Department to assure compliance with environmental regulations related to solid waste, storm water and other areas. The engineer assists with special projects including the renovation of the Historic Courthouse, water and sewer improvements, and others.

Please contact the County Engineer at the above address with any questions regarding the Haywood County slope ordinance.

Important Note Regarding Fill Slope Construction:  Existing trees that have any portion of their root mats (i.e. within the drip line) covered by more than four inches (4") of fill material as a result of artificial slope construction may be a hazard to slope stability.  Such trees left in place will most likely die due to lack of aeration and could adversely impact the stability of a constructed fill slope.

 

CHAPTER 158: SLOPE ORDINANCE
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES


Compaction Standard [158.10(C)(2)]~Adopted June 26, 2007

All areas where fill is to be placed shall be completely stripped of all organic material. All slopes shall be benched prior to the placement of any fill so as to create a relatively flat surface on which to place and compact the fill. Fill shall be placed in loose lifts of approximately 9.0 inches in thickness and free of organic material. The fill shall be compacted with equipment adequate for achieving the following requirements: Fill slopes shall be compacted to a minimum of 92 percent of the maximum dry density obtained in accordance with ASTM D-698 Standard Proctor Method. Fill placed for structures shall be compacted to a minimum of 95 percent of the maximum dry density. Each lift of fill shall be compacted to within 6 inches horizontal of the down slope edge. Each bench that is excavated into the existing slope shall be wide enough for the compaction equipment to travel on and compact the entire surface. The benching technique shall continue up in a stair step pattern until the fill side meets the cut.

Setback Standard [158.12(B)]~Adopted June 26, 2007 (Rev. 8-28-07)

Setbacks for artificial slopes shall be as follows: [1] Consistent with the state for classified trout waters, [2] A minimum of five feet (5’) measured horizontally from the top of the bank from any perennial stream not classified as trout waters, [3] Five feet (5’) on all property lines, and [4] No setback from a public right-of-way.

Slope Steepness Measurement [158.09(B)(3)]~Adopted April 24, 2007

In addition to standard engineering methods approved for use in the State of North Carolina, the grade of artificial slopes may be measured using an Abney level, clinometer, or any other precise instrument.

 

Civil Penalies [158.19(G)]~Revised October 14, 2008

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Forms

Financial Responsibility and Ownership Form for Slope Construction and Repair

This form is now all inclusive for Erosion Control and Slope Construction.  There is no longer a separate application for slope work.  For over half-acre grading permits, this is the same form you will receive from Erosion Control.  An original, completed copy of this form shall be submitted to the Erosion Control office prior to commencing grading.  For under half-acre grading permits, please go to the Erosion Control office for the appropriate application.  If you plan to request a grading exemption, you will need to complete and submit the "Affidavit" found at the link below.

Slope Plan Checklist

If your development requires a slope plan per Section 158.13 of the Slope Ordinance, this checklist will assist the design professional in preparing the plan.

Affidavit of No Artificial Slope Construction or Repair

If your project will not require a grading permit, which is to say that there will be no construction or repair of any artificial slopes, you must submit this affidavit to the County Engineer’s office. Please be sure to read the affidavit carefully so that you understand what you are signing under oath.

Slope Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the Slope Ordinance?
It is Chapter 158 of the Haywood County Ordinances and it was enacted into law by the Board of Commissioners of Haywood County effective March 1, 2007. The Slope Ordinance is a set of standards for improved construction and development practices that will result in higher levels of safety and stability on developed land, while decreasing the potential of damage to natural resources and properties adjoining tracts containing artificial slope construction.
2. How does the Slope Ordinance affect me?
If you initiate any land-disturbing activity that includes artificial (i.e. cut or fill) slope construction, slope repair, or slope stabilization, you are subject to the rules and regulations of the Slope Ordinance. No subdivision plat will be approved or recorded, and no Certificate of Occupancy issued, until the County Engineer’s office verifies compliance with the Slope Ordinance.
3. How do I obtain a copy of the Slope Ordinance?
The Slope Ordinance may be downloaded from the Haywood County website, or you may pick up a copy from the County Engineer’s office at 1233 North Main Street, Haywood County Annex II, 2nd floor.
4. Do I have to apply for a permit?
Yes, you do need to apply for a Land-Disturbing Permit that allows slope construction, repair, and/or stabilization to commence and proceed in accordance with the requirements of the Slope Ordinance. The application can be downloaded above or a copy picked up from the Erosion Control office at 1233 North Main Street, Haywood County Annex II, 2nd floor.
5. What is the Haywood County Engineering Review Board?
The Engineering Review Board is the entity established by the Slope Ordinance for the purpose of providing direction for the administration of this chapter, which includes a process for appeals. The Board is governed by a set of By-Laws which stipulate that the Board meets quarterly on the second Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Haywood County Annex II building.
6. What is the compaction standard for fill slope construction?

On June 26, 2007, the Engineering Review Board adopted the following Standard Operating Procedure for compaction: “All areas where fill is to be placed shall be completely stripped of all organic material. All slopes shall be benched prior to the placement of any fill so as to create a relatively flat surface on which to place and compact the fill. Fill shall be placed in loose lifts of approximately 9.0 inches in thickness and free of organic material. The fill shall be compacted with equipment adequate for achieving the following requirements: Fill slopes shall be compacted to a minimum of 92 percent of the maximum dry density obtained in accordance with ASTM D-698 Standard Proctor Method. Fill placed for structures shall be compacted to a minimum of 95 percent of the maximum dry density. Each lift of fill shall be compacted to within 6 inches horizontal of the down slope edge. Each bench that is excavated into the existing slope shall be wide enough for the compaction equipment to travel on and compact the entire surface. The benching technique shall continue up in a stair step pattern until the fill side meets the cut.”