Village of Lawrence, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lawrence 3-14-2001 by L.L. No. 1-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of Appeals — See Ch. 6.
Zoning — See Ch. 212.

§ 4-1 Purpose.

The Lawrence Village Board of Trustees hereby enacts this article to provide a process for appointing alternate members of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. These individuals would serve when members are absent or unable to participate on an application or matter before the respective Board.

§ 4-2 Appointment; term.

[Amended 9-2-2010 by L.L. No. 7-2010]
Alternate members of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to the approval of the Village Board of Trustees, for a term of one year.

§ 4-3 Designation; powers and duties.

[Amended 9-2-2010 by L.L. No. 7-2010]
A. 
The Chairperson of the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals may designate an alternate to substitute for a member when such member is unable to participate on an application or matter before the Board. Such designations shall be made in rotation as nearly as feasible, so that each alternate has an equivalent opportunity to serve. When so designated, the alternate member shall possess all the powers and responsibilities of such member of the Board. Such designation shall be entered into the minutes of the initial Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals meeting at which the substitution is made.
B. 
Alternates shall have the right to attend all portions of meetings of the Board, including executive sessions, if any, whether or not designated to participate in place of a regular member. An alternate who so attends a meeting of the Board without being so designated to substitute at that meeting may, at the discretion of the Chairperson, sit with the regular Board members and participate in any questions or discussions in the same manner as regular members, but without the right to vote. Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the rights of any such alternate member to participate in the same manner as permitted for members of the public.

§ 4-4 Provisions applicable to alternate members.

All provisions of state law relating to Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals member eligibility, vacancy in office, removal, compatibility of office and service on other boards, as well as any provision of a local ordinance, shall also apply to alternate members.

§ 4-5 Supersession of Village Law.

A. 
This article is hereby adopted pursuant to the provisions of § 10 of the New York State Municipal Home Rule Law and § 10 of the New York State Statute of Local Governments.
B. 
It is the intent of the Village Board of Trustees, pursuant to § 10 of the New York State Municipal Home Rule Law, to supersede the provisions of:
(1) 
Section 7-718 of the Village Law relating to the appointment of members to Village Planning Boards.
(2) 
Section 7-712 of the Village Law relating to the appointment of members to Village Zoning Boards of Appeals.