[Adopted 11-25-1996 by Ord. No. 71; amended in its entirety 11-28-2011]
The provisions of C.G.S. § 8-lc are hereby adopted and are set forth herein.
The following shall be the purposes for which this article is adopted:
To establish a schedule of reasonable fees for the processing of applications by the Town of Old Saybrook Zoning Commission, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Inland Wetlands Commission pursuant to C.G.S. § 8-lc.
To provide for the adequate review of land use applications in accordance with the size and complexity of the proposed land use development; and
To establish an amended schedule of fees for land use applications in order to fund the approximate actual municipal administrative costs of reviewing, evaluating and processing land use applications, and to insure that fees do not cause applicants to subsidize municipal expenses which are not related to reviewing, evaluating and processing such applications.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- LAND USE APPLICATION
- Any application to a land use regulatory commission, including but not limited to any of the following: amendment to the Zoning Map or Zoning Regulations; amendment to the Subdivision Regulations; amendment to Inland Wetland Regulations; special exception; site plan approval; certificate of zoning compliance; subdivision or resubdivision; variance; permit to conduct regulated activities; application to designate or redesignate wetlands.
- LAND USE REGULATION COMMISSION
- For the purposes of this article, Zoning Commission, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Inland Wetlands Commission.
- REVIEW, EVALUATION AND PROCESSING
- Includes all functions performed in connection with or association with a land use application by the Zoning Commission, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Inland Wetlands Commission.
The fees set forth herein shall supersede any specific fees set forth in the Connecticut General Statutes, any special act, municipal ordinance and any fee set forth in the regulations of the above-referenced board and commissions.
Fees as set forth in this article are due and payable to the Town of Old Saybrook upon submission of a land use application.
A commission may require additional technical assistance, which term shall also include legal assistance in evaluating an application submitted to the commission in accordance with the regulations if it finds that the nature and intensity of development may have a significant impact on the site and its surrounding areas, or that an application to change the Zoning Map or regulations of any land use commission may substantially affect the regulated areas.
The expense of the additional technical assistance shall be estimated by the commission, based on a preliminary estimate prepared by a qualified party or expert, and the estimated cost of reviewing the application times 150% shall be paid by the applicant and deposited with the commission or its designated agent. Such deposit shall be made prior to review of the application and/or submission.
Upon completion of the technical review and final action by the commission on the application, the Town shall determine the costs incurred for the review and refund the excess monies to the applicant. Applicants shall not be responsible for costs incurred for technical assistance which exceed 150% of the commission's estimate.
Subdivision or modification: $100.
Resubdivision or modification: $200.
Lot line change of approved subdivision/resubdivision: $50.
Certificate of zoning compliance (including signs): $25.
Soil extraction closure: actual cost for technical assistance per this article.
Accessory apartment renewal: $50.
A commission may by resolution determine that an application fee is not required in particular cases of resubmission of a disapproved application or an application to revise an approved subdivision. In cases where the plan changes are minor, insignificant or only technical in nature, no fee will be charged. In cases where the changes are major or significant, or require further technical and professional review of the plan, a fee will be charged. In all cases, a fee will be charged when a public hearing on the application is held by the commission as required by law or at the commission's discretion.
Boards, commissions and departments of the Town of Old Saybrook are exempt from fee requirements.