Content. The Council shall adopt the existing Master Plan, or shall amend the same, to constitute a Comprehensive Plan to govern the future physical development of the city.
Periodic update. Separate from any individual amendments, the Council shall periodically undertake a full update of the Comprehensive Plan, at least every 10 years. The Council may delegate such responsibility either to the Planning Board or to a special committee whose members the Mayor shall appoint and the Council approve.
[Added 4-2-2007 by L.L. No. 6-2007]
Adoption. Upon receipt of a proposed Comprehensive Plan or proposed modification of the existing plan, the Council shall, by resolution, refer such proposal to the City Planning Board, which shall within a time specified by the Council report its recommendations thereon. After receipt of the recommendations of the Planning Board, the Council shall hold a public hearing on the proposal and shall thereafter adopt it by resolution with or without amendment.
Effect. The Comprehensive Plan shall serve as a guide to all future Council action concerning land use and development regulations, community development programs and expenditures for capital improvements.
Land use and development regulations. The Council may by ordinance adopt land use and development regulations, including, but not limited to an official map and zoning and subdivision regulations.
Annual report on comprehensive implementation. At the beginning of each year, to review progress on implementation of the current Comprehensive Plan, including an enumeration of actual changes in the prior year and expected changes in the current year.
[Added 4-2-2007 by L.L. No. 7-2007]
Community development. The Council may by ordinance provide for redevelopment, rehabilitation, conservation and renewal programs for: (1) the alleviation or prevention of slums, obsolescence, blight or other conditions of deterioration, (2) low-income housing, and (3) the achievement of the most appropriate use of the land.
Council action. Before acting on any proposed ordinance concerning land use and development regulations, community development or expenditures for capital improvements, where such ordinance refers to a matter covered by the Comprehensive Plan, the Council shall refer the proposal to the City Planning Board, which shall, within a time specified by the Council and prior to public hearing on the proposed ordinance, report its recommendations thereon. In the event that such ordinance is contrary to the Comprehensive Plan, then and in that event, the ordinance shall not take effect until such time as the Comprehensive Plan is amended following such public hearing.
There shall be a City Planning Board consisting of seven (7) members appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of the City Council, for terms of three (3) years, from among the qualified voters of the city. Members of the Board shall hold no other city office. The Board shall make recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council on all matters affecting the physical development of the city, shall be consulted on the Comprehensive Plan and the implementation thereof as provided in Sections 6.00 and 6.02 and shall exercise all other responsibilities as may be provided by law.
[Amended 5-2-2016 by L.L. No. 7-2016]
There shall be a Zoning Board of Appeals consisting of five members appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of the City Council, for terms of three years, from among the qualified voters of the city. Members of the Board shall hold no other city office. The Board shall hear and determine appeals from administrative decisions, petitions for variances and such other matters as may be required by the Council or by the laws of the State of New York.