[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pine Plains 8-19-2010 by L.L. No. 3-2010. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town Board enacts this chapter to provide a comprehensive fee schedule for the issuance of building permits and other services rendered by the Town's Building Inspector; for highway work permits issued by the Town Highway Superintendent; for fees charged by the Planning Board in conjunction with subdivision and site plan approval applications; and the payments of sums of money in lieu of setting aside recreational land for each lot in a proposed subdivision pursuant to § 277(4)(c) of the Town Law.
Prior to the enactment of this chapter, the Town Board reviewed the fees it currently charges its applicants for subdivision and site plan applications; that it charges applicants for highway work payments; that it charges applicants before the Planning Board for subdivision and/or site plan approval; and that it charges applicants for building permits issued by the Building Inspector of the Town of Pine Plains. The Town Board has determined that, in some cases, the current fees charged by the Town do not adequately cover the costs of the review and administration of the applications and the inspection of the development and construction. The Town Board has also compared its fees to the fees for similar applications and permits charged by other municipalities of comparable size to the Town of Pine Plains located within the County of Dutchess, State of New York, and found that the fees charged by the Town of Pine Plains, in many cases, are substantially lower than those charged by other similarly situated municipalities for the same services. The new fee schedule set forth in this chapter raises, where appropriate, those fees of the Town which the Board has determined are too low.
The Town Board has also observed that the Town has recently experienced substantial increases in developmental pressure and there have been, and may in the future be, applications before the Town Planning Board and the Town Board for development projects which, if approved, will result in substantial increases in the population of the Town of Pine Plains. The Board has determined, after consulting with its Recreation Commission, that the existing facilities in the Town of Pine Plains for active recreation are severely limited and will be inadequate to accommodate the needs of its residents if the currently proposed developments are approved and constructed in the Town of Pine Plains. The Town Board has also determined that there is a shortage of land available to the Town of Pine Plains to construct additional recreational facilities and that the Town has experienced a substantial increase in the market value of real estate within the Town. As a result, the Town Board has determined that the recreation fees charged to applicants in lieu of the setting aside of recreational land in a subdivision plat pursuant to Town Law § 277(4)(c) must be raised to address the strain and impact upon the Town's existing recreational facilities by the proposed development and development which may occur in the future.
This chapter shall be known as the "Town of Pine Plains Fee Schedule Law."
Fees charged by the Code Enforcement Officer/Zoning Enforcement Officer shall be as follows:
Fees charged by the Zoning Board of Appeals shall be as follows:
Fees charged by the Planning Board shall be as follows:
(Please note that there are other fees for various licenses and permits that are set by state or local law. Applicants are advised to check with the Town Clerk.)
Fees charged for Town Board applications shall be as follows:
Fees charged by the Highway Department shall be as follows:
All applicants to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals or Town Board shall be required to reimburse the Town of Pine Plains for the cost of retention of engineering, planning, legal, technical and/or environmental consultants or professionals, the Code Enforcement Officer or Zoning Enforcement Officer as the boards or officials shall deem reasonably necessary to assist the same in review of such application and the inspection and approval of any installations or infrastructure improvements after final approval of such applications in accordance with Article 16 of the Town Law. All such applicants shall be required to establish an escrow account in accordance with Chapter 275, Zoning, § 275-106.
The Town Board may, by resolution, at its annual meeting, or at any time thereafter that it deems necessary, amend the fee schedule by resolution without the necessity for adoption of a new local law.