[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont 11-14-1977 by L.L. No. 27-1977 as Ch. 19 of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 174.
Editor's Note: This chapter was originally adopted 4-25-1977 by resolution.
There is hereby established a Planning Board for the Village of Piermont, Rockland County, to be known as the "Piermont Planning Board," consisting of five members appointed pursuant to the requirements of § 7-718 of the Village Law.
At the expiration of each original appointment, the succeeding members shall be appointed for five-year terms.
Any officials of the Village serving on such Board shall not, by reason of membership thereon, forfeit their right to exercise the powers, perform the duties or receive the compensation of the municipal office held by them during such membership.
Any member of the Board may be removed by the Mayor for cause, after public hearing.
[Added 3-17-1987 by L.L. No. 1-1987; amended 4-11-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995; 7-19-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012]
The Board of Trustees may, in its discretion, appoint two alternate members to the Planning Board for terms of one year each. Alternate members shall serve when there is a conflict of interest precluding participation by a regular member, or when a regular member shall otherwise be unable or unavailable to review, hear and determine an application.
The Chairperson of the Planning Board may designate which alternate member, in accord with this section, will substitute for a regular member when such regular member is unable to participate because of a conflict of interest on an application or any matter before the Board, or when a regular member shall be unable or unavailable to review, hear and determine an application. When so designated, the alternate member shall possess all the powers and responsibilities of such regular member of the Board. Such designation shall be entered into the minutes of the initial Planning Board meeting at which the substitution is made.
The Chairperson of the Planning Board shall, at the first meeting of the Planning Board in January of each calendar year, set a monthly schedule establishing the order of alternate members who may hear and determine an application under this section. Such schedule shall provide that each alternate will fill vacancies on a rotating basis for each month in the calendar year, and shall rotate which alternate member fills the first vacancy in each successive month.
All provisions of this section relating to Planning Board member training and continuing education, attendance, conflict of interest, compensation, eligibility, vacancy in office, removal and service on other boards shall also apply to an alternate member.
The Board of Trustees shall designate a member of said Planning Board to act as Chairman thereof. Upon failure of the Board to appoint such Chairman, the Planning Board shall elect a Chairman from its own members.
The Planning Board shall have the power and authority to employ experts, clerks and a secretary and to pay for their services and such other expenses as may be made for such Planning Board. The Board of Trustees is hereby empowered and authorized to make such appropriation as it may see fit for such expenses.
The Planning Board may adopt rules and regulations with respect to procedure before it and with respect to any subject matter over which it has jurisdiction, after public hearing and approval by the Board of Trustees.
The Planning Board shall have all the powers and perform all the duties of a Planning Board as provided in Article 7 of the Village Law.
In addition, the Board of Trustees hereby authorizes and empowers the Planning Board to approve plats showing lots, blocks or sites with or without streets or highways, to conditionally approve preliminary plats and to approve the development of plats, entirely or partially undeveloped and which have been filed in the office of the County Clerk in which such plat is located prior to the appointment of such Planning Board and the grant to it of the power to approve plats. Before such approval is given, a public hearing shall be held by the Planning Board.
The Planning Board of the Village of Piermont is authorized, simultaneously with the approval of a plat or plats pursuant to the Village Law, to modify applicable provisions of the Zoning Ordinance subject to the conditions of § 7-738 of the Village Law and such other reasonable conditions as the Board of Trustees may in its discretion add thereto. Such authorization shall extend to any lands in the residential districts of the Village of Piermont.
The Village Clerk shall be directed to forthwith file a certified copy of this chapter with the Clerk of Rockland County.