This chapter is adopted under the authority provided to the Town of Massena by Article 16, §§ 261 and 281, of New York State Town Law and Article 2, § 10, of New York State Municipal Home Rule Law.
This chapter is adopted to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare, in particular:
The facilitation of the efficient and adequate provision of public facilities and services.
The assurance of adequate sites for residence, industry and commerce.
The provision of privacy for families.
The prevention and reduction of traffic congestion, so as to promote efficient and safe circulation of vehicles and pedestrians.
The maximum protection of agricultural and residential areas.
The enhancement of the appearance of the Town of Massena as a whole.
The encouragement of flexibility in the design and development of land in such a way as to promote the most appropriate use of lands, to facilitate the adequate and economical provision of streets and utilities and to preserve the natural and scenic qualities of open lands.
The incorporation of standards related to coastal policies that have been adopted as part of the Massena-Louisville Local Waterfront Revitalization Planning Program.
The maintenance of the community character of the Town of Massena.
The provisions of this chapter, in their interpretation and application, shall be held to be the minimum requirements for the promotion of the public health, safety, and general welfare.
This chapter is not intended to interfere with, abrogate, or annul any other law, rule or regulation, statute or provision of law. Where any of the provisions of these regulations impose restrictions different from any other law, rule or regulation or other provision of law, whichever provisions are more restrictive or impose higher standards shall control. This chapter, however, shall repeal and replace in its entirety the Zoning Regulations approved by the Town Board on April 8, 1987, including all amendments thereto preceding the enactment of this chapter as local law.
If any part or provision of these regulations is judged invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall be confined in application to the part or provision directly on which judgment shall have been rendered and shall not affect or impair the validity of the remainder of this chapter or the application thereof to other persons or circumstances. The Town hereby declares that it would have enacted the remainder of these regulations even without such part or provision or application.
New York State departments available for assistance: Agriculture and Markets Department, St. Lawrence County Health Department, Department of Environmental Conservation, Water and Soil Department, and Department of Transportation.
The preexisting Town of Massena Zoning Ordinance is hereby repealed, in addition to the repeal of any other Town ordinances or resolutions or parts thereof that were adopted prior to this chapter that are clearly in direct conflict with this chapter.
This chapter shall be effective immediately upon enactment. The preexisting Town of Massena Zoning Ordinance is hereby repealed, in addition to the repeal of any other Town ordinances or resolutions or parts thereof that were adopted prior to this chapter that are clearly in direct conflict with this chapter.
The development standards contained herein are minimums and shall apply to each dwelling unit unless otherwise specifically provided. Two single-family dwellings on the same lot shall, for example, require the equivalent of two minimum-sized lots insofar as lot area. Single studio apartments occupied by immediate family members shall, however, be exempt from this requirement.