[HISTORY: Adopted by the Legislative Council of the Town of Newtown 9-1-2004 by Ord. No. 87; amended 6-2-2010 by Ord. No. 87A. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Legislative Council for the Town of Newtown hereby recognizes the important role that community appearance and character have on the social and economic well-being of the community.
A Design Advisory Board (DAB) shall hereby be created for the purpose of reviewing proposed commercial developments within the Town of Newtown in designated design districts that are adopted by the Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC). The Design Advisory Board shall serve as an advisory board to the Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission.
Membership will consist of three volunteer members, and two volunteer alternate members, each of whom shall have expertise and knowledge in one or more of the following fields: architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or urban planning. A quorum is two, which must include one full member. For voting purposes, members shall be seated first. Alternates will be seated for voting purposes at the discretion of the Chair based on those present, and recorded accordingly in the minutes. Members and alternate members shall be appointed by the First Selectman with the approval of the Board of Selectmen to serve for two-year terms. Initially, the First Selectman shall appoint two members for two-year terms, one member for a three-year term, and one alternate for a two-year term and one alternate for a three-year term.
The Design Advisory Board shall be responsible for assisting property owners, design professionals and others to understand the specific elements of site design and building appearances that are desired within the various design districts located in the Town of Newtown as designated by the Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission. The Design Advisory Board shall recommend design guidelines to the PZC for each design district. The guidelines adopted by the PZC shall be made available to the public.