Content. The Council shall adopt a Comprehensive Plan and amend it from time to time pursuant to General City Law Section 28-a 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.
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.
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, (3) the achievement of the most appropriate use of the land, and (4) promotion of sustainability and resiliency in capital projects.
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 7.00 and 7.01 and shall exercise all other responsibilities as may be provided by law.
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.