[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Groton 11-18-1998 by L.L. No. 5-1998. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 200.
This chapter shall hereafter be known and cited as the "Planning Board Law of the Village of Groton."
The purpose of this chapter is to formalize the creation of the Village of Groton Planning Board as originally established by resolution on March 20, 1968, to carry out the responsibilities and authority set forth in Article 7 of the Village Law of the State of New York.
Pursuant to the Village Law of the State of New York, the Mayor, subject to the approval of the Village Board of Trustees, shall appoint a Planning Board consisting of five members and one alternate member, shall designate its chairperson and provide for compensation, if any, to be paid to said members and shall provide for such other expenses as may be necessary and proper. A member of the Planning Board shall not at the same time be a member of the Village Board. The Mayor shall have the power to remove any member of the Planning Board for cause and after public hearing. The Planning Board shall have jurisdiction and all the authority and the powers and duties granted by the provisions of § 7-718 of the Village Law of the State of New York and any other applicable law or ordinance, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, those granted by, arising from and those reasonably required to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
Of the members of the Planning Board first appointed by resolution of March 20, 1968, one shall hold office for the term of three years, one shall hold office for the term of two years and three shall hold office for the term of one year. Thereafter, appointments shall be made for terms of up to five years on a staggered basis such that the term of one member win expire each year. Their successors shall be appointed for terms of five years from and after the expiration of the terms of their predecessors in office, except that the alternate member shall be appointed for a term of one year. If a vacancy shall occur otherwise than by expiration of a term, it shall be filled by the Mayor by appointment for the unexpired term.
The alternate member of the Planning Board shall substitute for a member of the Planning Board in the event that such member is unable to participate due to a conflict of interest or other absence. The alternate member shall possess all the powers and responsibilities of such member of the Board at such time as his or her services are needed. Such designation of the alternate member as acting for a regular member of the Board shall be entered into the minutes of the initial Planning Board meeting at which the substitution is made.
The Planning Board may review and make recommendations on a proposed village comprehensive plan or amendment thereto. In addition, the Planning Board shall have the full power and authority to make investigations, maps, reports and recommendations in connection therewith relating to the planning and development of the village as it seems desirable, provided that the total expenditures of said board shall not exceed the appropriation provided therefor.
The Village Planning Board shall have the specific power and authority to approve subdivision plats, approve special use permits, approve site plans and review proposals for activities in the planned development area zones of the village, as provided in § 200-51 of the Village Code. This provision shall not be construed to limit the powers and duties of the Planning Board, and the Planning Board shall have all powers and duties as set forth in Article 7 of the Village Law of New York State.