[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Rotterdam 4-27-1994 by L.L. No. 5-1994. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 249.
It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to assist in rapid recognition, by 911 personnel, of the location of a residence/business in an emergency situation and to ensure that the requirements and standards of the United States Postal Service are considered in the naming and addressing of streets located in the Town of Rotterdam.
The County of Schenectady is responsible for developing and maintaining an official street and address index and an official street and address map of Schenectady County. These will be called respectively the "Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Index" and the "Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Map."
The Town of Rotterdam recognizes the street names and structure numbers as designated on the Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Map and the Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Index. All street names designated on this official map and index will be current street names or names recommended and approved by the Town of Rotterdam.
Consideration of any proposed street name shall adhere to the following principles:
Use of street names that do not duplicate or sound similar to existing street names within the county.
Elimination of existing street names that duplicate other names within the county, where feasible.
Avoidance of names which indicate a direction.
Adoption of existing street names where the proposed street is an extension or continuation of an existing one.
Street names will be restricted to 28 characters in order to comply with requirements of the New York Telephone database.
In addition to other requirements of this chapter, streets will be named in compliance with the United Postal Service Addressing Guidelines which are attached as Appendix A.
New streets will be named, initiated and adopted by the Town Planning Commission in adherence to the principles enumerated in this chapter.
Changes to existing street names will be initiated and adopted by the Town Board.
Editor's Note: The United Postal Service Addressing Guidelines are on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
Adoption of a street name or its inclusion in the Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Index or the Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Map or the subsequent posting of any public sign does not commit the Town of Rotterdam or the County of Schenectady to maintain a private road.
All proposed street name changes or additions shall be sent by the Town Board to the county and the United States Postal Service for review and comment. The county and the United States Postal Service will have 30 days to comment on the proposed changes before adoption.
Approved name changes will be sent to the county for inclusion in the Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Index and the Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Map.
Changes or additions to structure numbers as designated on the Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Map for dwelling units, places of business, industrial locations and all other structures and uses requiring the same shall be assigned by the Town Planning Commission during the site plan review processes or by the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer when granting a building permit. The county and the United States Postal Service will be given notice of any proposed structure numbering or changes of current numbering. These offices will have 30 days to comment on the proposed structure numbering action. The Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer will send all finalized structure numbers to Schenectady County.
The county shall keep a record of all numbers assigned under this chapter.
Two types of numbers are designated under this chapter:
Primary numbers will be available to each street frontage of each parcel of land, whether or not the parcel is occupied. New primary numbers will be available at an increment of 10.56 feet per side or 1,000 addresses per mile (500 on each side of the road). Numbers will run east to west and from south to north or originating at a major roadway. Odd numbers will be available along the left side of the street, while even numbers will be available along the right side (left and right are determined by facing from low- to high-numbered addresses). All addresses will be numbered from the point of intersection where the driveway or curb cut intersects the road. Developers submitting site plans to the Town Planning Commission will indicate the appropriate street number as part of the site plan submission. The primary number is assigned and is required to be posted only if the parcel is occupied by a dwelling unit, structure or active use and the owner, occupant or person in charge is notified under § 250-5A of this chapter. Other primary numbers are reserved for future development of parcels and will be assigned at the time of development.
Secondary numbers may be used when a number of units, structures and uses coexist on the same parcel of land. Examples of parcels requiring secondary numbers include apartment projects, condominium projects, mobile (manufactured) home parks, office parks, planned unit developments, recreational vehicle parks, recreational areas, shopping centers and other uses where the use of secondary numbers would clarify the location of an individual unit for public safety purposes. To provide secondary numbers, the Town Planning Commission shall work with the owner, principal occupant or person in charge of the project to determine a logical numbering system under this chapter.
Where the primary number of a complex is not in compliance with numbering as enumerated in these guidelines but the secondary numbering system is acceptable, only the primary address will be changed.
A building on a single parcel with more than one and fewer than five units may be given either letter (preferred) or number designations as requested by the owner.
A single building on a single parcel of land and with five or more units shall be given numerical (preferred) designations, such as "Suite 5", "Apartment 5," etc.
Multiple buildings on the same parcel of land may be given secondary numbers consisting of number designations if the buildings are accessed from a main entrance to the complex. Generally, the number designations should increase in a clockwise direction from the main entrance.
Mobile (manufactured) home parks, recreational vehicle parks and similar uses shall be given letter designations for lots or sections and number designations for individual sites within lots or sections.
Notice will be given by the Town of Rotterdam to owners of each property whose address has been changed as a result of adoption of this chapter.
The owner or occupant or person in charge of any dwelling unit, structure or use to which a number has been changed or a new number assigned after the initial notification by the county shall be notified, in writing, by the Town Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer.
The owner, occupant or person in charge of any dwelling unit, structure or use to which a number or numbers have been assigned shall cause the same to be posted.
Address numbers will be situated on property which shall be clearly visible from the roadway fronting the house. The numbers shall be no less than three inches in height.
The placement of the address number on a postal mailbox will occur on both sides of the mailbox, facing the direction of traffic flow so as to be visible from a distance by operators of approaching vehicles.
In the case that a building is served by two or more driveways or curb cuts, the number shall be assigned and posted at the roadside where it intersects the first (meaning the one first arrived at when approaching from the direction of the lower street numbers) driveway or curb cut.
Locations with secondary numbers [see § 250-4A(2)] such as housing projects or strip malls must each post its assigned secondary numbers in such a way as to clearly identify its location. In the case of secondary addresses, a driveway or curb cut may not be an appropriate locator.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner, occupant or person in charge of the dwelling unit, structure or use, upon affixing the number assigned, to remove any different number which might be mistaken for or confused with the assigned number to the structure.
In such cases where the assigned number cannot be posted as required above, the number shall be posted as prescribed by the Town Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer in accordance with the intent of this legislation and after consultation with the owner, occupant or person in charge. The county will assist the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer upon request.
It shall be the policy to avoid changing existing numbered addresses if the existing system follows a logical and expandable order and can comply with the Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Index and the Official Street Naming and Structure Numbering Map.
The intent of this section is to exclude from this chapter those structures which do not present endangerment to human life if destroyed by fire or other events.
The following structures shall be excluded from the provisions:
Buildings used as dwelling units, offices or the nominal work station of an employee shall not be exempt.
Pay phones will be assigned addresses. The pay phone will be given a separate primary or secondary address when the location of the pay phone is independent or distinguishable from the business or residential phone within the structure.
Any changes in the street names and addresses of streets located in the Town of Rotterdam that are initiated by the County of Schenectady shall be submitted to the Supervisor of the Town of Rotterdam by the county at least 14 days prior to approval of the same by the Town and the effective date of said change.
Failure to comply will be considered violations of the Building Code and shall result in fines of $5 to $500 per day.
This chapter shall take effect on April 27, 1994, and upon filing with the Secretary of State as required by § 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law.