[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Rocky Hill as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 6-16-2008 by Ord. No. 241-08]
Due to the scope, nature, complexity or the potential impact of certain development applications on a particular site or on surrounding areas, Town staff may not have the resources to completely and adequately review and make fully educated determinations on said development applications in the time period prescribed by the state statute(s) or have questions relative to the substantiating documentation submitted as part of the application. In such cases, the Town Council, or any board or commission, may determine that the Town of Rocky Hill requires additional technical, engineering and legal assistance (hereinafter "technical assistance") from outside consulting services. For the purpose of this article, an "outside consultant" means a licensed and/or certified professional with expertise in the area to be studied who is not an employee of the Town of Rocky Hill.
Whenever the Town Council, or any board or commission, determines that additional technical assistance from outside consulting services is necessary, the expense of such technical assistance from outside consulting services shall be passed on to the applicant. The Town Council, or any board or commission, involved in reviewing a development application shall obtain an estimate of cost prepared by a qualified party or expert. The estimated cost of the technical assistance shall be multiplied by 150% and shall be paid by the applicant and deposited with the agency involved in reviewing said application. Such deposit, together with the appropriate application fee, shall be submitted within 10 days of notification to the applicant by the Town Council, or any board or commission, of the estimated cost of the technical review. The application shall be deemed incomplete until said fee and deposit have been submitted.
Upon completion of the technical assistance and final action on the application by the Town Council, or any board or commission involved, the Town shall determine the costs incurred for the technical assistance and refund the excess monies to the applicant. The Town Council, or any board or commission, involved shall bill the applicant for any costs incurred by the Town for the technical assistance in excess of the deposit paid by the applicant. This bill shall be paid by the applicant prior to the issuance of any permits.
If a proposed development involves review by more than one agency within the Town, then each agency's review is subject to the provisions of this article.