Village of Lawrence, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lawrence 1-9-1939 by Ord. No. 92; amended in its entirety 5-25-1942 by Ord. No. 106. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction and fire prevention — See Ch. 70.
Environmental quality review — See Ch. 81.
Filled-in land — See Ch. 86.
Sewers and cesspools — See Ch. 162.
Zoning — See Ch. 212.

§ 182-1 Planning Board continued.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
The Planning Board heretofore established shall be continued and shall have all of the powers and duties provided by the Village Law, the General Municipal Law and the Nassau County Charter (Chapter 879 of the Laws of 1936, as amended) and any other general or special statutes, ordinances, local laws, rules and regulations, now or hereafter in force.

§ 182-2 Master Plan.

The Master Plan or Map, by whatsoever name known, heretofore adopted by the Planning Commission of the Village of Lawrence, and all maps, plans and subdivision plats heretofore adopted by the Planning Commission or the Planning Board of the Village of Lawrence, amending, modifying or supplementing the Master Plan or Map so adopted, shall constitute the Master Plan of the Village of Lawrence.

§ 182-3 Actions requiring Planning Board approval.

No subdivision shall be made of land within the Village or within 300 feet of the boundaries of the Village and no map, plat or plan of any proposed subdivision thereof shall be approved by the Planning Board, except in conformity with all of the regulations and provisions of this chapter.

§ 182-4 Approval of plat showing new street before filing.

No plat of a subdivision of land showing a new street or highway shall be filed or recorded in the office of the County Clerk of Nassau County until it has been approved by the Planning Board and such approval endorsed, in writing, on the plat.

§ 182-5 Utilities and access street required on Official Map.

A. 
No public sewer or other municipal street utility or improvement shall be constructed in any street or highway until it has been duly placed on the Official Map or Plan of the Village of Lawrence.
B. 
No permit for the erection of any building or structure shall be issued unless a street or highway giving access to such proposed building or structure has been duly placed on the Official Map or Plan of the Village of Lawrence.

§ 182-6 Plat approval required before selling lots.

No owner and no agent of the owner of any land located within a subdivision shall transfer or sell or agree to sell or negotiate to sell any land, by reference to or exhibition of or by other use of a plat of a subdivision, before such plat has been approved by the Planning Board, as provided in this chapter, and recorded or filed in the office of the County Clerk of Nassau County; and the description of such lot or parcel by metes or bounds in the instrument of transfer or other documents used in the process of selling or transferring shall not exempt the transaction from such penalties or from the remedies provided by this chapter.

§ 182-7 Applications for approvals.

A. 
All applications for approval by the Planning Board must be in writing and must be submitted to the Village Administrator in triplicate and must consist of the following papers, which will in no case be returned to the applicant:
[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
(1) 
A request for the approval of the Planning Board, stating precisely what action by the Board is desired.
(2) 
The map, plat or plan in respect to which approval is requested.
(3) 
An affidavit or certificate of ownership of the land affected, stating the name of the owner of record thereof.
(4) 
Stormwater pollution prevention plan: A stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) consistent with the requirements of Chapter 177, Article I, and Chapter 212, Article VI, shall be required for preliminary subdivision plat approval. The SWPPP shall meet the performance and design criteria and standards in Chapter 212, Article VI. The approved preliminary subdivision plat shall be consistent with the provisions of this L.L. No. 2-2014.[1]
[Added 5-8-2014 by L.L. No. 2-2014]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 177, Stormwater Management and Erosion and Sediment Control, and Ch. 212, Zoning, Art. VI, Stormwater Control.
B. 
If the applicant is not the owner of record, proof must be presented showing the authority of the applicant to make the application and to make the affidavits or certificates hereinbefore required.

§ 182-8 Effect of denial by Board of large subdivision.

[Added 2-14-1977 by L.L. No. 1-1977]
An application for a subdivision under Chapter 212, Zoning, § 212-11, shall be reviewed by the Planning Board, which shall approve or deny such application. No permit for the erection, renovation or repair of any building or structure shall be issued for any building lot created as the result of a subdivision pursuant to § 212-11 where the application for such subdivision has been denied by the Planning Board.

§ 182-9 Maps, plats and plans in county filing form.

All maps, plats or plans must be in a form to be recorded in the office of the Clerk of Nassau County.

§ 182-10 Factors for considering large subdivisions.

[Added 2-14-77 by L.L. No. 1-1977]
An application for subdivision under Chapter 212, Zoning, §  212-11, shall be reviewed by the Planning Board, which shall give consideration to the following factors:
A. 
Whether the lots created by the proposed subdivision conform to the district regulations of the residence district in which the property is located as to lot area and front, side and rear yards.
B. 
The geometrical regularity of the proposed building lots.
C. 
Whether the proposed subdivision is in keeping with the general character of the neighborhood in which the property is located.
D. 
Availability of public sewers and other utilities to the property.
E. 
The effect of the proposed subdivision on adjacent properties.
F. 
Whether the proposed subdivision will be in harmony with the provisions and purposes of Chapter 212, Zoning, and will preserve the spirit of said Chapter 212, Zoning, and secure public safety and welfare and do substantial justice.

§ 182-11 Information on maps, plats and plans.

Maps, plats or plans shall be drawn to scale and shall show the boundaries of the property affected and the courses anti distances of such boundaries. They shall show the location of all proposed streets and shall give the courses and distances of the lines thereof. They shall show the location of existing streets and shall indicate with reasonable certainty the location of connecting streets on other property. They shall show the location of existing buildings and other structures, ponds, watercourses and other natural or physical features. They shall show the proposed lot development and shall indicate with reasonable certainty the location of the front, side and rear lines of the lots and the approximate area of each lot. They shall show existing streets laid out on the Master Plan of the Village, as amended. They shall show any other features which the Board may require in individual cases.

§ 182-12 Street widths.

No proposed street shall be less than 50 feet in width, except in cases of hardship, in which case, for special cause shown, the Planning Board may, by unanimous vote, authorize a street of a width of less than 50 feet.

§ 182-13 Proposed streets to continue existing streets.

Insofar as practicable, all proposed streets shall be located in direct continuation of existing streets or in direct continuation of proposed streets shown on the Master Plan of the Village.

§ 182-14 Terminus of dead-end streets.

In case of dead-end streets, provision shall be made at the terminus thereof for the convenient turning of vehicles by way of a circle of not less than 70 feet in diameter or a Y or other adequate means.

§ 182-15 Angle of street intersections.

Insofar as practicable, all streets shall intersect at right angles. Where streets intersect at other than right angles, provision shall be made for rounding off the acute angles of such intersections. The radius on the property line shall be not less than 10 feet.

§ 182-16 Utility easements.

The Planning Board may require easements, not exceeding six feet in width, on each side of all rear lot lines and on side lot lines where necessary or, in the opinion of the Planning Board, advisable for storm and sanitary sewers and other utility lines. Easements of the same or greater width may be required along the lines of or across lots where necessary for the extension of the existing or planned storm and sanitary sewers and other utility lines.

§ 182-17 Plans to show proposed utilities.

Every plan shall show the location of proposed electric lighting and telephone poles or conduits, the location and size of proposed water mains, gas mains and incidental structures and shall indicate whether it is proposed to connect with public sewers or to construct cesspools and septic tanks or other means for the disposal of sewage.

§ 182-18 Street grades.

The grades of all streets shall be shown, and the location of proposed drains, culverts, catch basins or other means for the disposition of surface water. Street grades shall not be less than 1/2 of one percent at the gutter.

§ 182-19 Maps, plats and plans to show sewage system.

All maps, plate or plans shall show the location of any proposed sanitary sewers, together with the size of pipe and incidental structures, all of which shall conform to the existing comprehensive sewage disposal plan of the Village of Lawrence.

§ 182-20 Applications to show types of pavement.

All applications shall show the type of pavement proposed on each street and the sidewalks, when such improvements are proposed to be constructed.

§ 182-21 Access to public thoroughfare for each lot.

The subdividing of the land shall be such as to provide each lot, by means of either a public street or way or permanent easement or proposed street, with satisfactory access to an existing public highway or to a thoroughfare, as shown on an Official Map or Master Plan. There shall be no reserve strips controlling access to streets, unless the control of such strips is definitely placed in the Village under conditions approved by the Planning Board.

§ 182-22 Bonding.

In lieu of the completion of any improvements and utilities prior to the final approval of the map, plat or plan, the Planning Board may require a bond, with a surety company satisfactory to the Board, as surety thereon to secure to the Village the actual construction and installation of such improvements or utilities at a time and according to specifications approved by the Board.

§ 182-23 Schedule for response to application.

Approval or disapproval of a map, plat or plan, as provided by the Nassau County Charter, shall be expressed by the Planning Board within 30 days after the submission thereof to the Planning Board; otherwise such plat shall be deemed to have been approved; provided, however, that the applicant for approval may waive this requirement and consent to an extension of such period.

§ 182-24 Schedule for response to application with new streets.

Approval or disapproval of a map, plat or plan showing new streets, as provided by § 7-728 of the Village Law, shall be expressed within 45 days from and after the time of the submission of the plat for approval; otherwise such plat shall be deemed to have been approved; provided, however, that the applicant for approval may waive this requirement and consent to an extension of such period.

§ 182-25 Maximum time for response to apply.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988]
Any map, plat or plan which might lawfully be submitted under statutes providing different periods of time for approval or disapproval by the Planning Board shall be deemed to have been submitted under the statute providing the longest time for such approval or disapproval. The approval by the Planning Board of a plat showing one or more new streets or highways, or the certificate of the Village Administrator as to the date of the submission of such plat and the failure of the Planning Board to take action thereon within 45 days, shall expire 90 days from the date of such approval or of such certificate, unless, within such ninety-day period, such plat shall have been duly filed or recorded by the owner in the office of the County Clerk of Nassau County.

§ 182-26 Recording of approval or disapproval.

The approval or disapproval of a map, plat or plan and any other action taken by the Planning Board, and any terms or conditions imposed upon such approval or disapproval or action, shall be entered in the minutes of the Board. The approval or disapproval shall be endorsed upon the face of each copy of the map, plat or plan submitted, and, where conditions are imposed, such conditions shall either be endorsed upon the face of such map, plat or plan or other reference placed upon the face thereof indicating the existence of such conditions and the place where such conditions may be found.

§ 182-27 Building in bed of proposed streets.

No permit shall hereafter be issued for any building in the bed of any street or highway shown or laid out on the Master Plan of the Village of Lawrence; provided, however, that, if the land within such mapped street or highway is not yielding a fair return on its value to the owner, the Board of Appeals shall have the power, by a vote of a majority of its members, to grant a permit for a building or structure or part thereof located in any such mapped street or highway which will, as little as practicable, increase the cost of opening such street or highway or tend to cause the least change of such Official Map or Plan, and the Planning Board may impose reasonable requirements which shall inure to the benefit of the Village. Before taking any action authorized by this section, the Board of Appeals shall hold a public hearing at which parties in interest and others shall have an opportunity to be heard.

§ 182-28 Public hearings.

[Amended 4-13-1988 by L.L. No. 5-1988; 2-14-2008 by L.L. No. 2-2008]
A. 
Upon the filing of any application, the Village Administrator shall arrange for a time and place at which the Planning Board will meet to consider the application and shall cause notice of such public hearing to be published and posted in accordance with law. He shall also cause notice of such application to be served, either personally or by mail, upon the owners or occupants of all property shown upon any such map, plat or plan and any other property lying within 500 feet thereof or which the Administrator shall deem affected by the application. The Planning Board may, in its discretion, require the giving of additional notice and, for such purpose, may adjourn the public hearing.
B. 
Such Planning Board shall appoint a Secretary who need not be a member of the Board and may be compensated.

§ 182-29 Opportunity to speak at public hearings.

At the public hearing, citizens and parties in interest will have an opportunity to be heard, and the names and addresses of all persons recorded in connection with such application, together with the substance of their views, shall be entered in the minutes of the Board.

§ 182-30 Exceptions from rules and regulations.

In all cases where the proposed map, plat or plan fails to follow the rules and regulations hereinbefore stated, proof shall be presented of the reasons for such deviations, and exception shall be granted by the Board only in case of unnecessary hardship and in conformity with the general purposes of the Master Plan of the Village.