Town of New Paltz, NY
Ulster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of New Paltz 12-8-1955. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 82.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 121.
Zoning — See Ch. 140.

§ 31-1 Creation; appointment; terms; probationary period.

A. 
There shall be a Town Planning Board appointed by the Town Board, which Planning Board shall consist of one member to serve for one year, one member to serve for two years, one member to serve for three years, one member to serve for four years, one member to serve for five years, one member to serve for six years and one member to serve for seven years. Their successors shall be appointed for seven years.
B. 
New members of the Planning Board shall serve for a probationary period of six months.
[Added 12-16-1987]

§ 31-1.1 Definitions.

[Added 4-23-2009 by L.L. No. 2-2009]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALTERNATE MEMBER
An individual appointed by the Town Board to serve on the Planning Board when a regular member is unable to participate on an application or matter before the Planning Board because of a conflict of interest.
MEMBER
An individual appointed by the Town Board to serve on the Planning Board pursuant to the provisions of the applicable law, local law or ordinance that established such Board.
PLANNING BOARD
The duly constituted Planning Board of the Town of New Paltz.
TOWN BOARD
The duly constituted Town Board of the Town of New Paltz.

§ 31-1.2 Alternate members.

[Added 4-23-2009 by L.L. No. 2-2009]
A. 
This section is enacted to provide a process for appointing alternate members of the Planning Board. These individuals shall serve only when a member is unable to participate on an application or matter before the Board owing to a conflict of interest and under no other circumstances.
B. 
At least two alternate members of the Planning Board may be appointed by the Town Board for a term of two years, with the terms to expire on December 31 of the second year after the date of their initial appointment. The initial term of each appointment shall include the six-month probationary period for Planning Board members as provided for in § 31-1 of the Code of the Town of New Paltz.
C. 
The Chairperson of the Planning Board shall designate an alternate to substitute for a member when such member is unable to participate on an application or matter before the Board owing to a conflict of interest. When so designated, the alternate member shall possess all the powers and responsibilities of such member of the Planning Board. Such designation shall be made by the Chairperson on a rotating basis commencing with the alternate first appointed by the Town Board following the effective date of this section. Each designation shall be entered into the minutes of the initial Planning Board meeting at which the substitution is made.
D. 
Alternate members appointed by the Town Board shall regularly attend the scheduled meetings and/or work sessions of the Planning Board to which they may be designated so as to be available for designation when required and to be familiar with the applications and/or matters pending before such Board.
E. 
Alternate members shall serve without compensation.
F. 
All provisions of state law relating to Planning Board member attendance, eligibility, vacancy in office, removal, compatibility of office and service on other boards, as well as provisions of any local law or ordinance relating to training and continuing education, shall also apply to alternate members.

§ 31-2 Chairman.

[Amended 12-16-1987]
The Town Board shall designate a member of said Planning Board to act as Chairman thereof.

§ 31-3 Experts and staff.

The Town Planning Board shall have the power and authority to employ experts and a staff and to pay for their services and such other expenses as may be necessary and proper, not exceeding the appropriations that may be made for such Board.

§ 31-4 Rules and regulations.

The Town Planning Board may adopt rules and regulations in respect to procedure before it and in respect to any subject matter over which it has jurisdiction under this chapter or any statute after public hearing by such Board and subject to the approval of the Town Board.

§ 31-5 Powers and duties.

The Town Planning Board shall hear and exercise the powers and duties as follows:
A. 
To prepare and change a Master Plan for the development of the entire area of the Town of New Paltz outside of the limits of the Incorporated Village of New Paltz and to make investigations and reports relating to the planning of the Town and its future growth and affording adequate facilities for the housing, transportation, distribution, comfort, convenience, safety, health and welfare of its population.
B. 
To approve all plats showing any streets or highways within that part of the Town outside of the limits of the Incorporated Village of New Paltz.
C. 
To approve or disapprove changes in the lines of existing streets, highways or public areas shown on subdivision plats or maps filed in the County Clerk's office.
D. 
To approve or disapprove the laying out of, closing off or abandonment of such streets, highways or public areas under and subject to the provisions of the Town and Highway Laws.
E. 
Simultaneously with the approval of any such plat, to confirm and make changes in the zoning regulations applicable to the land included in any such plat, in accordance with the provisions of § 281 of the Town Law and amendments thereto.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See now § 278 of the Town Law.
F. 
To exercise all other powers conferred upon it by the provisions of the Town Law and to pass upon all matters which may be referred to it from time to time by resolution of the Town Board. It shall conduct hearings and perform its duties in accordance with such procedure as provided in §§ 272 through 281, inclusive, of the Town Law, and acts amendatory thereof.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Sections 272, 274 and 275 of the Town Law were repealed by L. 1992, c. 663. Sections 276 and 277 of the Town Law were repealed and replaced by L. 1992, c. 727, which act also renumbered §§ 278, 279, 280 and 281 as §§ 279, 280, 281 and 278, respectively.

§ 31-6 Filing of certificate with County Clerk.

The Town Clerk of the Town of New Paltz shall file with the Clerk of the County of Ulster a certificate certifying that the Town Planning Board of the Town of New Paltz has been authorized to approve plats showing new streets or highways in accordance with the provisions of § 276, as amended, of the Town Law.