[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Williamson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Alternate Members
Article II Training Requirements
[Adopted 8-11-1992 by L.L No. 1-1992]
[Amended 12-30-2008 by L.L. No. 1-2008]
The Planning Board shall consist of five members.
The positions of alternate members of the Town of Williamson Zoning Board of Appeals and the Town of Williamson Planning Board are hereby established. There shall be two such alternate members for the Board of Appeals and two such alternate members for the Planning Board.
The alternate members of the Board of Appeals and the Planning Board shall serve in the absence, unavailability or inability of a regular member of such Boards to serve. Copies of notices sent to regular members of the Board of Appeals and the Planning Board shall be sent to the respective alternate members. When a meeting of the Board of Appeals or Planning Board shall be duly noticed and called for discussion, if it shall become apparent that a regular member(s) of the Board will be unable to hear and deliberate upon an application, then the alternate member(s) of the Board, at the call of the Chairman or Clerk of the Board, shall be duly authorized to hear any application, to deliberate and to vote with the full force and effect as if duly appointed a regular member of the Board.
The alternate members of the Board of Appeals and the Planning Board shall be appointed for the same term and in the same manner as regularly appointed members.
Town Law §§ 267 and 271 provide that, effective January 1, 2007, all planning board and zoning board of appeals members in New York State, as well as alternate members of those boards, must complete a minimum of four hours of training each year. The above sections of state law provide that a planning board or zoning board of appeals member shall not be eligible for reappointment to such board if they have not completed the training required by law. The above sections of state law provide that the legislative body of the Town specifies which activities qualify as training to satisfy the state requirements.
The following list of agencies, commissions, associations, universities, and other organizations are approved to provide training to meet the state requirements when the training they provide pertains to municipal planning, zoning, community design, environmental issues, economic development, and local government functions and practices:
The NYS Department of State; Department of Agriculture and Markets; Office of the State Comptroller; Department of Health; Department of Transportation; Department of Environmental Conservation; Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; Hudson River Valley Greenway; and
The New York State Association of Towns, the New York Conference of Mayors, the New York State Association of Counties, the New York Planning Federation, the American Planning Association, the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Planning Association and its sections, and the Metro New York Chapter of the American Planning Association and its sections; and
The Capital District Regional Planning Commission, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, Herkimer-Oneida Counties Comprehensive Planning Program, Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board, Long Island Regional Planning Board, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, South Tier East Regional Planning Development Board, South Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board, Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council, Hudson Valley Regional Council, Tug Hill Commission, and Adirondack Park Agency, and the Genesee Transportation Council; and
The Wayne County Planning Department; and the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District; and
The Albany Law School Governmental Law Center and Institute for Legal Studies, Pace Law School, Cornell University and its cooperative extension; and
On-line planning and zoning training programs offered by the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, Pace University and Land Use Law Center, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Use Policy.
Other training activities may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Town Board upon the request of a Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals member.
Any new member appointed to fill the last six months of a term shall not be required to have attended training to be reappointed to a first full term, but must thereafter comply with the Town's training policy as provided elsewhere herein, and
Training received by a Planning Board member or Zoning Board of Appeals member in excess of four hours in any one year may be carried over by the member into succeeding years.
The Williamson Town Clerk shall create and maintain a system of tracking the training individual members complete annually, and such information shall be presented to the appointing authority prior to considering a member for reappointment.