[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Port Jefferson 5-14-1975 by L.L. No. 4-1975 (Ch. 43A of the 1970 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 250.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Helistop Local Law of the Village of Port Jefferson."
The purpose of this chapter shall be to provide rules, regulations and standards to guide the operation and location of heliports and helistops within the Village of Port Jefferson in order to promote public health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the municipality. It shall be administered to ensure the orderly growth and development and the conservation, protection and proper use of land and adequate provision for circulation of traffic utilities and services.
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Building Inspector, Zoning Officer and any other official of the Village of Port Jefferson charged with the enforcement of Village of Port Jefferson local laws.
For the purpose of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
- HELISTOP, PRIVATE
- An area of defined dimensions designated for the landing and takeoff of helicopters and used solely for that purpose. Such area shall be used as a special use facility and not for public transportation. Such area may not include any refueling, maintenance, repair or hangar facilities, except that a tie-down may be provided for and limited to a single aircraft.
[Amended 5-11-1977 by L.L. No. 3-1977]
An operating authorization must be obtained from the Building Inspector before any of the facilities governed by this chapter may be occupied or operated. Such authorization may only be issued after all of the requirements of all applicable local laws, statutes or regulations and conditions imposed by the municipal approving agency have been complied with. Preexisting facilities for helistop landings will have 30 days to file applications for operating authorization to continue present operations after the effective date of this chapter.
Any helicopter landings or approaches for delivery purposes within the territorial limits of the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson, other than at helistops authorized by this chapter, may be accomplished only upon issuance of a permit from the Village Clerk of the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson, which permit shall bear the endorsement or approval of the Port Jefferson Fire Department. Application for such permit shall be made on forms prescribed by the Village Clerk and shall contain information on the proposed landing site, the time of the proposed landing and/or approach, the purpose of the proposed landing and/or approach and any other information concerning the landing and/or approach requested by the Village Clerk.
The application shall be made to the Village of Port Jefferson. Said application shall be accompanied by a site plan in accordance with the requirements set forth in this chapter.
The site plan shall be submitted to the Planning Board, prior to the hearing by the Trustees or review by the Planning Board, and the Planning Board shall submit its findings and recommendations to the Trustees. In case such Planning Board report has not been received by the Trustees within 20 days after submittal to the Planning Board, the Trustees may proceed with its hearing and render a decision subject to Planning Board site plan review.
The Trustees shall set a public hearing, which hearing may be conducted as part of a regular Trustee meeting.
The Trustees may impose such reasonable conditions upon the issuance of an operating authorization as it may deem necessary to protect the public health, safety, welfare and general interest. Specifically, but not be way of limitation, the Trustees may impose conditions calculated to provide:
Adequate off-street parking facilities.
Adequate open areas and yard on the site.
Adequate and attractive fences and other safety devices, where required, and sufficient landscaping, including shrubs, trees and lawn, which will be periodically maintained.
The posting of suitable maintenance bonds with the municipality to assure the proper and continued maintenance.
Approval of the proposed flight pattern by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Hours of operation. The Board of Trustees may prescribe the hours of operation of any helistop for which authorization is granted pursuant to this chapter.
The tees may require the submission of building plans and specifications and such other information as it may deem necessary for a full consideration of the application. In approving a site plan, the Trustees may act on site plans submitted by the applicant as reviewed by the Planning Board or may require modifications and changes.
The following are general requirements for helistops in the Village of Port Jefferson:
The application must describe the type and characteristics of helicopters to be used, including maximum gross weight, and the proposed frequency of operations.
The site plan shall be drawn to a scale of not more than one inch equals 200 feet and must show the terrain elevation for a least 800 feet in all directions from the center limits of the landing area of the proposed helistop. It must also locate all obstructions within such 800 feet, their height and the approach-departure path corridors.
The site plan shall also show the relationship of the helistop to lot lines, streets and zoning boundary lines. Any access drives, off-street parking or landscape areas shall also be shown.
The helistop landing and takeoff area shall have an inside area of at least 110 by 110 feet, which area shall be paved with a bituminous or concrete surface as approved by the Planning Board.
Every ground level helistop shall be fenced with a permanent-type fencing, as may be determined by the Planning Board, and protected to prevent entrance of unauthorized personnel, with a minimum fence height of three feet. For each additional foot of fence height, 25 feet must be added to the minimum inside area dimensions provided in Subsection D above.
Suitable landscaping for the helistop, based on its relation to street frontages, residence districts and surrounding buildings or uses, may be required by the Planning Board.
Maximum gross weight shall not exceed 8,000 pounds.
There will be two 100 pound dry chemical extinguishers or other suitable types mounted on carts with pneumatic tires approved for this use by the Port Jefferson Village Fire Inspector, an adequate 1 1/2 inch preconnect hose with 1 1/2 inch fog nozzle on a reel as prescribed by Village Fire Inspector and a pull-type alarm box direct to the Port Jefferson Firehouse.
All equipment is to be located, enclosed and secured in a storehouse. The storehouse must be equipped with electricity and suitable water service.
[Amended 6-11-1992 by L.L. No. 4-1992; 1-5-2015 by L.L. No. 1-2015]
Any person violating or failing to comply with any provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties provided in § 1-2 of the Code of the Village of Port Jefferson. Each day that a violation of the provisions of this chapter occurs or continues shall constitute a separate and distinct violation thereof.
A person includes a corporation, a joint association and a partnership, as well as an individual.