Town of Clifton Park, NY
Saratoga County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Clifton Park 5-15-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Construction and design standards — See Ch. 86.
Farming — See Ch. 102.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 119.
Freshwater wetlands and stream protection — See Ch. 124.
Conservation easement — See Ch. 125.
Nature preserves — See Ch. 152.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 179.
Cutting of timber — See Ch. 184.
Zoning — See Ch. 208.
Planned development districts — See Ch. A217.

§ 13-1 Legislative intent.

[Amended 4-6-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998]
The preservation and enhancement of the environment in the Town of Clifton Park is recognized to be of vital importance to the quality of life of present and future residents of Clifton Park. Since population pressure, urbanization, technology changes and changing cultural attitudes place demands on natural resources, the Town Board further recognizes that the participation of its citizens is vital for the protection of the environment. The establishment of a local citizens' advisory commission on the environment is a necessary step in understanding environmental issues for the purposes of sound decision making.

§ 13-2 Creation.

The Town Board of the Town of Clifton Park hereby creates, in order to carry out said legislative intent, a Commission which shall be known as the "Environmental Conservation Commission," hereinafter referred to as the "Commission."

§ 13-3 Membership; terms.

A. 
The Commission shall consist of nine members and shall be appointed by the Town Board. The term of office shall be two years. Vacancies shall be filled by the same method as the original appointment. A member shall be considered a holdover member until reappointed or replaced. Replacement of an unexpired term shall be for the remainder of the term. The Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Commission (ECC) shall notify the Supervisor if any member shall miss three consecutive or eight meetings in any calendar year. The Town Board, after reviewing the information submitted by the Chairman, may, by resolution, remove that member from the ECC.
[Amended 12-19-1977; 2-8-1988; 4-6-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998; 2-1-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010; 9-8-2014 by L.L. No. 7-2014]
B. 
The Town Board shall be ex officio members of the Commission.
C. 
[1]The Town's Stormwater Management Technician shall attend regular meetings of the Commission and provide to the Commission resorts regarding proposed actions to be undertaken, funded or approved by the Town. The Stormwater Management Technician will not vote on any action considered by the Commission.
[Added 4-6-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998; amended 9-8-2014 by L.L. No. 7-2014]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, added 3-23-1992 by Res. No. 88-1992, as amended, which pertained to associate members, was repealed 9-8-2014 by L.L. No. 7-2014. This local law also provided for the redesignation of former Subsection D as Subsection C.

§ 13-4 Officers; rules and procedures; records and reports.

A. 
The Town Board shall designate a member of the Commission to act as Chairman thereof.
B. 
The Town of Clifton Park will appoint a Recording Secretary to the Commission.
[Amended 4-6-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998]
C. 
The Commission shall adopt rules and procedures for its meetings. The Commission and Recording Secretary shall keep accurate records of its meetings and, as requested, provide timely reports to other boards and commissions within the Town of Clifton Park.
[Amended 4-6-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998]

§ 13-5 Powers and duties.

[Amended 4-6-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998]
The powers and duties of the Commission shall be to:
A. 
As requested, advise the Town Board, Planning Board or other boards or commissions within the Town of Clifton Park on matters affecting preservation, development and the use of natural resources within the Town of Clifton Park. The Commission shall consider the existing conditions and environmental impacts associated with any proposed actions in order to formulate its recommendations.
B. 
Participate in programs of public information that are designed to increase community awareness regarding the environment.
C. 
Participate in the design, implementation and review of studies, surveys and inventories of environmental features within the Town of Clifton Park.
D. 
Work with the Town stormwater management technician to maintain a current inventory of publicly and privately owned open spaces and special environmental features within the Town of Clifton Park. This inventory should include, but not be limited to: streams, lakes and ponds; floodways; wetlands; forests; scenic vistas; unique biological communities (such as protected, rare, threatened or endangered species); and natural landmarks.
[Amended 1-12-2015 by L.L. No. 1-2015]
E. 
Maintain liaison with public and private agencies, authorities, organizations, institutions and individuals whose environmental programs, activities or knowledge will help the Town meet the goals of this chapter.
F. 
Recommend to the Town Board, or its designated committee(s), features, plans, programs or controls related to enhancement of environmental quality for inclusion in the Comprehensive Plan.
G. 
Recommend to the Town Board, or its designated committee(s), new or amended regulations related to environmental quality for inclusion in the Code of the Town of Clifton Park.
H. 
As authorized by the Town Board, write, publish and distribute books, maps, charts and pamphlets in accord with this chapter.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection I, concerning acceptance of property by gift or otherwise, was repealed 2-1-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010, which ordinance also redesignated former Subsection J as Subsection I.
I. 
Carry out such duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Town Board.

§ 13-6 Reports.

[Amended 2-8-1988]
The Commission shall submit an annual report to the Town Board not later than December 31 of each year, concerning the activities and work of the Commission and from time to time shall submit such reports and recommendations as may be necessary to fulfill the purposes of this chapter.

§ 13-7 Compensation and expenses.

A. 
The members of the Commission, including ex officio members, shall receive no compensation for their services as members. The Chairman shall receive a stipend as set by the Town Board.
[Amended 4-6-1998 by L.L. No. 2-1998]
B. 
The Town Board may appropriate funds for the expenses incurred by the Commission, including but not limited to expenses for professional staff, consultants, clerical assistance and printing and distribution of publications. The Commission should prepare and submit an annual budget request in the manner prescribed by the Town Board. The Town Board, upon request by the Commission, also may, from time to time and for designated purposes, assign or detail public employees to perform work for the Commission.
[Amended 2-8-1988]

§ 13-8 Construal of provisions.

This chapter shall be construed as an exercise of the powers of the Town of Clifton Park to preserve and improve the quality of the natural and man-made environment on behalf of the present and future inhabitants thereof. This chapter is not intended and shall not be deemed to impair the powers of any other public corporation.