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Article 6: Site Development Plan
- 600.00 Site Development Plan Review
- 601.00 Pre-Submission conference with the Board
- 602.00 Application for Site Development Plan Review
- 603.00 Planning Bd Review of Site Development Plan
Section 600.00 Site and Development Plan Review
- It is the intent of this Article to promote through the Site Development Plan review process the public health, safety, and general welfare of the Village of Alfred. The Village Board of Trustees has resolved that a clean, wholesome, attractive environment contributes to the health and safety of the residents of the Village, and that such an environment is essential to the maintenance and continued development of the economy of the Village and to the general welfare of its residents. It is further the intent of this Article to ensure the optimum overall conservation, preservation, development, and use of the natural resources and built environment of the Village by regulating land use activity through the Planning Board's review and approval of Site Development Plans. It is not the intent of this article to prohibit per se any land use activity that meet the standards and guidelines below.
It is further the intent of this Article to ensure the appropriateness and quality of rehabilitation and new construction within the Alfred Historic District. A map of the Historic District is available from the Village Clerk.
- All land use activities within the Village shall require Site Development Plan review and approval before being undertaken, except the following:
- Construction of one-family dwellings outside the Historic District, and their ordinary accessory structures and related land use activities.
- Exterior alternations or additions to existing one-family dwellings outside the Historic District.
- Interior alterations to existing structures.
- Landscaping or grading in connection with a land use which is not regulated by the provisions of this Article.
- Signs outside of B1, B2, B3, R-D Districts and the Historic District and signs in the E-1 District which are not clearly visible from the Historic District, Main Street or Route 244.
- The Zoning Enforcement Officer will review each application for a Zoning Compliance Permit, a Special Use Permit, a Certificate of Occupancy, a Sign Permit, a Demolition Permit, or a Swimming Pool Permit which involves a construction activity, to determine that the application complies with all provisions of this local law other than with those of this Article.
- Prior to the issuance of a Zoning Compliance Permit for construction, demolition, rehabilitation, or relocation of any structure or element of the landscape in any district, the Zoning Enforcement Officer shall require Site Plan approval by the Planning Board pursuant to this Article. The Zoning Enforcement Officer shall, in writing, notify the applicant for a Zoning Compliance Permit of the provisions of this Article, where the Site Development Plan approval is required.
- Nothing in this Article shall be construed to prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of any exterior architectural feature of any structure located within the Village of Alfred which does not involve a change in design and/or material
Section 601.00 Pre-Submission Conference with the Board
A pre-submission conference can be held between the applicant and the Planning Board prior to the applicant's preparation and submission of formal Site Development Plan. The purpose of this conference is to enable the applicant to inform the Planning Board of his proposal prior to the preparation of a detailed site plan; and for the Planning Board to review the basic site design concept, advise the applicant of potential problems and concerns, and generally to determine the information required on the detailed Site Development Plan. In order to accomplish these objectives, the applicant should provide:
- An area map showing the parcel under consideration for the site plan review, and all properties, subdivisions, streets, and easements within two hundred (200) feet of the boundaries thereof.
- A statement and a rough sketch describing the locations and dimensions of principal and accessory structures, parking areas, access signs (with descriptions), existing and proposed vegetation, and other planned features; anticipated changes in existing topography and natural features; and, where applicable, measures and features to comply with flood hazard and flood insurance regulations
- A topographic map of adequate scale and detail to show site topography.
Section 602.00 Application for Site Development Plan Review
An application for Site Development Plan approval shall be made in writing to the chairman of the Planning Board and shall be accompanied by the information set forth on the following checklist, or by such information from the following checklist as was determined necessary by the Planning Board at the sketch plan conference:
- Title of drawing(s), including name and address of applicant and person responsible for preparation of such drawing(s);
- North arrow, scale, and date;
- Boundaries of the property plotted to scale;
- Existing watercourses;
- Grading and drainage plan, showing existing and proposed contours;
- Location, design, construction materials, exterior dimensions, and proposed use of all structures, including all elevations in the case of new structures or all affected elevations in the case of additions or alterations;
- Location, design, and construction materials of all parking and loading areas, showing access and egress;
- Provision for pedestrian access;
- Location of outdoor storage, if any;
- Location, design, and construction material of existing and proposed site improvements including drains, culverts, retaining walls, and fences;
- Description of the method of securing public water and location, design, and construction materials such as facilities;
- Location, design, and construction materials of all energy distribution facilities, including electrical gas, and solar;
- Location, size, design, and construction materials of proposed signs; location, type and proposed development of buffer areas, including existing vegetative cover;
- Location and design of outdoor lightning facilities;
- Designation of the amount of building area proposed for retail sales or similar commercial activity;
- General landscaping plan and planting schedule;
- An estimated project construction schedule;
- Identification of all state or county permits required for project execution;
- A record of application for and approval status of all necessary permits from state or county officials;
- Other elements integral to the proposed development as considered necessary by the Planning Board.
Section 603.00 Planning Board Review of Site Development Plan
- The Planning Board's reviews of the site development plan shall include, as appropriate, but is not limited to, the following general considerations.
- Location, arrangement, size, design, and general site compatibility of buildings, lighting, and signs;
- Adequacy and arrangement of pedestrian traffic and circulation, walkway structures, control of intersections with vehicular traffic and overall pedestrian convenience;
- Adequacy and arrangement of vehicular traffic access and circulation including intersections, road widths, pavement surfaces, dividers, and traffic controls;
- Location, arrangements, appearance, sufficiency of off-street parking and loading;
- Adequacy of stormwater and drainage facilities;
- Adequacy of water supply and sewage disposal facilities,
- Adequacy, type, and arrangement of trees, shrubs, and other landscaping constituting a visual and/or noise buffer between and applicant's adjoining lands, including the maximum possible retention of existing vegetation;
- In the case of an apartment complex or other multiple dwelling, the adequacy of usable open space for play areas and informal recreation;
- Protection of adjacent or neighboring properties against noise, glare, unsightliness, or other objectionable features;
- Adequacy of fire lanes and other emergency zones and provision of fire hydrants;
- Special attention to the adequacy of structures, roadways, and landscaping in areas with susceptibility to erosion, flooding, or ponding.
- For the construction of new buildings, parts of buildings, and elements of the landscape, the Planning Board will seek to assure the compatibility of the new construction with the existing character and appearances of the Village, of the neighborhood, and of the immediate block, sites, and surroundings of the construction.
- For the renovation and rehabilitation of the existing structures located within the Historic District and for the additions thereto, the Planning Board will seek to assure that the construction reflects and enhances the original character, proportions, materials, and colors of the structure and those of its immediate block, sites, and surroundings. For major renovation, rehabilitation, and addition projects located within the Historic District, the Planning Board encourages adoption of recommendations contained in the most currently available publication of The Secretary of the Interior's Standards of Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.
- For the relocation of buildings to sites within the Village of Alfred, the Planning Board will seek to assure that the building to be moved is compatible with the existing character and appearances of the Village, of the neighborhood, and of the immediate block, sites, and surroundings of the proposed site for relocation, and that the building is suitably situated on that site.
- For the demolition of all or parts of existing buildings, the Planning Board will seek to assure the serious public consideration of feasible alternatives.
- Special Considerations for signs:
- Signs should be designed to be compatible with their surroundings and appropriate to the architectural character of buildings on or in front of which the signs are placed. Sign panels and graphics should relate with and not cover architectural features, and should be in proportion to them.
- Signs and sign elements should express uniformity and create a sense of harmonious appearance with contiguous and nearby buildings, especially in the Historic District.
- Layout should be orderly and uncluttered.
- Colors and materials should be compatible with the sign design and the building. The number of colors should be the minimum consistent with the design.
- If illumination is used, it should be appropriate to the character of the sign and its surroundings. Lights must not produce a glare beyond the limits of the property nor impair visibility for motorists.
- The Planning Board may consult with the Zoning Enforcement Officer, fire inspector, other local and county officials, and its designated private consultants, in addition to representatives of state and federal agencies including, but not limited to, the State Departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation and the Soil Conservation Service.
- Prior to taking action on the final site plan, the Planning Board shall refer the plan to the County Planning Board for advisory review and a report in accordance with Section 239 of the General Municipal law.