[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Irondequoit 5-21-1991 by L.L. No. 6-1991; amended in its entirety 6-19-2007 by L.L. No. 1-2007. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in the Town of Irondequoit, pursuant to the provisions of the Suburban Town Law and the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York, a department to be known as the "Department of Community Development " to replace and have the same powers and duties as the Development Services. Said Department shall include the following divisions:
Office of the Fire Marshal.
Office of the Building Inspector.
Division of Planning and Zoning.
Any other office or section of the Town government which the Town Board may, from time to time, place under the jurisdiction and control of said Department.
Editor's Note: See Article 3-A of the Town Law.
Said Department shall undertake and perform such duties and functions as may, from time to time, be assigned thereto by the Town Board of the Town of Irondequoit.
Said Department shall be headed by a director to be appointed by the Town Board of the Town of Irondequoit who shall be vested with full authority, direction and control over the Department, including the power and authority to appoint and remove officers and employees in said Department, subject to the approval of the Town Board. The Director shall exercise and perform such other powers and duties as are prescribed, from time to time, by the Town Board.
The Town Board may appoint such assistants and/or deputies to the Director as it may find necessary for efficient operation of said Department and prescribe the titles, powers and duties of each. Said assistants and/or deputies shall have the power to act generally for and in place of his or her principal, and the office of such assistants and/or deputies shall be in the exempt class of the civil service system.
The Director of the Department of Community Development and any assistant and/or deputies who may, from time to time, be appointed by the Town Board shall perform the following duties and have the following powers, in addition to any other prescribed by the Town Board:
He or she shall have jurisdiction and control over the various divisions which are a part of this Department, subject to direction from the Town Board.
He or she shall be responsible for the proper and efficient operation of this Department and all of the divisions thereof, coordinating insofar as possible the activities of the various divisions under his or her jurisdiction and control.
He or she shall carry out other duties and powers as prescribed by the Town Board.
The Director of the Department of Community Development, the Building Inspector, the Fire Marshal or any employee of the Department with code enforcement authority and any of their assistants and/or deputies shall have the authority, pursuant to Article 150 of the Criminal Procedure Law, as amended or changed, and Municipal Home Rule Law § 10, Subdivision 4(a), as amended or changed, to issue an appearance ticket subscribed by him or her directing a designated person to appear in a designated local criminal court in connection with his or her alleged commission of a designated offense of any ordinance, local law or provision of the Code of the Town of Irondequoit that the Director of the Department of Community Development, Building Inspector, Fire Marshal and any employee of the Department with code enforcement authority and any of their assistants and/or deputies are required or authorized to enforce.
The Division of Planning and Zoning shall have such officers and employees as may be authorized by the Town Board to carry out the functions of the Division of Planning and Zoning and shall serve within the Department of Community Development. The Division of Planning and Zoning shall, under the direction of the Director of the Department of Community Services, have the following powers and duties, subject to approval of the Town Board:
The Director of the Department of Community Development shall serve as Clerk of the Town Planning Board and assist the Town Board and the Town Planning Board in the review, administration and management of all development and land subdivision projects within the Town and to coordinate such review with the appropriate county, state and federal agencies and other adjoining municipalities as needed and required by law.
The Director of the Department of Community Development shall be responsible for preparing and keeping all records of the Town Planning Board proceedings and decisions, as well as maintenance and update of the Town's Official Zoning Map.
Community planning: to manage and supervise special projects and planning studies that address the special needs of the Town and its neighborhoods, and to work with and represent the Town in planning efforts undertaken by the federal, state, county and other areawide organizations, as directed by the Town Board.
Zoning Board of Appeals. The Director of the Department of Community Development shall act as Clerk of the Zoning Board of Appeals and assist such Board in the administration and interpretation of the Official Zoning Map and Zoning Law of the Town, as well as appeals from the provisions of such laws, as authorized by the Town Board, and to prepare and keep records of all Zoning Board of Appeals proceedings and decisions.
Conservation Board: to provide administrative and staff support to the Town's Conservation Board.
Environmental quality review (SEQRA): to coordinate and advise each board in regards to the determinations, findings and filing of notices and recordkeeping requirements for all Town actions as required under Article 8 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law and its corresponding rules and regulations, more commonly referred to as the "State Environmental Quality Review Act" (SEQRA).
Floodplain management: to administer and manage the Town's Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and issue Flood Insurance Rate Map certificates upon request by the public.
Surplus Town lands: to coordinate and administer the sale and disposition of surplus Town lands.
Other responsibilities: to perform such other duties and functions that are prescribed to be performed by the Department in any law, ordinance or resolution of the Town Board or lawful direction of the Supervisor. However, the Director of Planning and Zoning may delegate any of the powers or direct any of the duties to be performed by any of his or her subordinates.