[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont 12-20-1983 by L.L. No. 5-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village Board hereby finds that inappropriateness or poor quality of design in the exterior appearance of buildings or land developments adversely affects the desirability of the immediate area and neighboring areas and, by so doing, impairs the stability and value of both improved and unimproved real property in such areas, retards the most appropriate development of such areas, produces degeneration of property in such areas with attendant deterioration of conditions affecting the general welfare of the inhabitants thereof, and creates an improper relationship between the taxable value of real property in such areas and the cost of municipal services provided therefor. It is the purpose of this chapter to prevent these and other harmful effects of such exterior appearance of buildings and land developments and thus to promote and protect the health, safety and general welfare of the community.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont hereby creates a commission which shall be known as the "Architectural Review Commission."
The Commission shall consist of five members who shall serve without compensation.
All members of said Commission shall be residents of the Village and shall be specially qualified by reason of training or experience in architecture, land development, municipal planning, real estate, landscape architecture or other relevant business or profession or by reason of civic interest and sound judgment to judge the effects of a proposed building or land development upon the desirability, property values and development of surrounding areas.
The members of said Commission shall be appointed by the Village Board. The Chairman of said Commission shall be designated by the members of the Village Board annually. The term of office of each member shall be three years, except that the initial appointments of one member shall be for one year, of two members for two years, and of two members for three years.
The Village Board shall have the power to remove any member for cause. Vacancies shall be filled by the Village Board for the unexpired term of any member whose place has become vacant.
The Commission shall hold regularly scheduled meetings monthly and at such other times as the Chairman may designate. A majority of said Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Any report or recommendation made by the Commission must be adopted by a majority and shall be officially filed with the Village Clerk and the referring board or department within 30 days of its adoption.
Where changes or modifications on any submission are recommended, there shall be set forth the specific changes and the reason(s) for the same. An applicant may be requested to appear to review with the Commission any submission to it. The powers of the Commission are advisory. Requests for the opinion and recommendation of the Commission may be made by the Village Board, the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and any other board, commission, agency or department of the Village.
The jurisdiction of this Commission shall be limited to site plan and subdivision applications involving three or more residential lots or units and to all applications relating to the WF-2, Business A and Business B Zoning Districts involving a request for a variance. This Board shall have no jurisdiction whatsoever over one- or two-family dwellings, except with respect to site plan and subdivision applications filed subsequent to the enactment of this section and involving three or more lots.
[Added 8-5-1986 by L.L. No. 9-1986]
The Commission shall base its recommendations on the following criteria: No building or structure or land development shall be so detrimental to the desirability, property values or development of the surrounding area as to provoke one or more of the harmful effects set forth in § 4-1 by reason of:
The repeated and adjacent use of identical or nearly identical facades or structures arranged without respect to natural features of terrain or other existing structures.
Inappropriateness of a structure or land development in relation to any other structure or land development existing or for which a permit has been issued or to any other structure or land development included in the same application with respect to one or more of the following features:
Gross floor area.
Height of building or height of roof.
Other significant design features such as material or quality of architectural design, roof structures, chimneys, exposed mechanical equipment and service, service and storage enclosures, signs, landscaping, retaining walls, parking areas, service and loading docks, dividing walls, fences and lighting posts, provided that a finding of inappropriateness existed to provoke beyond reasonable doubt one or more of the harmful effects set forth in § 4-1.