Village of Ravena, NY
Albany County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ravena 5-7-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The legislative intent of this chapter is to provide for the review of applications for subdivisions, site plans, special permits, variance requests and supporting materials by a professionally licensed village designated engineer(s) to ensure compliance with village laws, ordinances and standard engineering practices and to provide the means for collecting fees appropriate to cover the costs for such services in a manner incumbent on the applicant before the village and, where necessary, to similarly provide for the inspection of construction improvements required for conformance to the terms of approval of said applications and to similarly cover costs for such services.
[Amended 9-21-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004]
A. 
Review of applications.
[Amended 4-21-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015]
(1) 
Upon request by the Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Board, the Village Board is authorized to designate an engineer or engineering firm (Village-designated engineer) to assist the Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Board in its review and consideration of applications for subdivision review, site plan review, issuance of special permits, or variance requests.
(2) 
All fees for the services of a Village-designated engineer retained pursuant to this section shall be the sole responsibility of the applicant. The Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Board shall determine an estimated cost for engineering services. No application for which a Village-designated engineer has been retained shall be reviewed or otherwise considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Board until the applicant has submitted to the Village Clerk monies in the amount of $5,000 or the estimated Village engineering costs if less than $5,000. The monies will be replenished in the account at the half-way point net 30 days as determined by the Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Board. At any time throughout the review process, the Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Board is authorized to require the submission of additional monies by the applicant for estimated engineering costs. The review process shall not continue until the applicant has submitted to the Village Clerk an amount equal to the additional estimated costs.
B. 
Review of construction activity and installation of improvements and infrastructure. Upon request by the Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Board, the Village Board is authorized to designate an engineer or engineering firm (Village-designated engineer) to review, inspect, monitor or otherwise oversee any construction activity or installation of improvements or infrastructure which results from any subdivision approval, site plan approval, special permit approval, or variance approval. No site preparation (including but not limited to clearing, filling and grading), nor any type of construction activity or infrastructure installation related to any project for which a Village-designated engineer has been retained pursuant to this subsection, shall be commenced until the applicant has submitted to the Village Clerk monies in an amount equal to the estimated costs for review of such activities by the Village-designated engineer. At any time during this review process, the Village Board is authorized to require the submission of additional monies by the applicant for estimated engineering costs. No project activity shall continue until the applicant has submitted to the Village Clerk the amount equal to the additional estimated engineering costs.
[Amended 4-21-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015]
C. 
Additional monies held in escrow. Any monies of the applicant held in escrow by the Village for engineering services which exceed final actual engineering costs shall be returned to the applicant upon final completion of the project.
D. 
Review of expenditures. The applicant will be provided with copies of Village engineering bills for review prior to payment. The applicant will have two weeks from the receipt of the bills to review. The Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Board will take any concerns to the Village Board for its review.[1]
[Amended 4-21-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 60-3, Payment of fees, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 9-21-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004.