Village of Piermont, NY
Rockland County
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[Amended 11-21-1984 by L.L. No. 3-1984; 11-18-1986 by L.L. No. 11-1986; 11-17-1987 by L.L. No. 5-1987; 4-5-1988 by L.L. No. 1-1988; 1-7-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992; 2-7-1995 by L.L. No. 2-1995; 2-7-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995; 4-2-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1996; 10-1-1996 by L.L. No. 10-1996; 7-11-2000 by L.L. No. 14-2000; 3-27-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007; 3-27-2007 by L.L. No. 5-2007; 9-25-2007 by L.L. No. 12-2007; 10-21-2008 by L.L. No. 5-2008; 1-20-2009 by L.L. No. 1-2009; 2-8-2011 by L.L. No. 1-2011]

§ 210-77 Site development plan required.

A. 
No building permit or certificate of occupancy shall be issued for construction in any zoning district, except for a building or structure that complies with and meets the requirements of the definition of "buildable lot" as set forth in this chapter and that is in conformity with a site development plan previously approved by the Planning Board, the Village Engineer, and the Village Building Inspector.
B. 
At least 10 days prior to site plan review by the Planning Board, written notice shall be sent by the Clerk of the Planning Board to all property owners abutting that owned by the applicant and all other owners within 200 feet from the exterior boundaries of the land involved in such application.
C. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection A of this section, in any instance when the Board of Trustees is the lead agency in accordance with State Environmental Quality Review Act, site plan approval shall rest solely with the Board of Trustees. The Planning Board, Village Engineer and Village Building Inspector shall, upon request, render advisory opinions to the Village Board.
D. 
The requirements set forth in Subsections A and B may be waived by the Planning Board Chairperson upon the recommendation of the Building Inspector for applications involving one-family detached dwellings and where the construction sought is deemed minor by the Building Inspector, pursuant to regulations adopted by the Planning Board. The Planning Board is authorized to draft such regulations as may be necessary to effectuate the provisions of this section. Nothing in this section shall prevent the Chairperson from determining that the proposal has special features which require standard consideration under Subsections A and B before the full Planning Board.
E. 
Site plan approval.
(1) 
Unless construction is commenced and diligently prosecuted within one year from the date of approval of a site plan by either the Village Board or the Planning Board, such site plan approval shall be null and void unless extended in accordance with the procedure hereinafter set forth. Site plan approvals granted prior to the adoption of this section shall be null and void one year after the adoption of this section unless construction has commenced and is being diligently prosecuted, or unless the approval has been extended as hereinafter set forth.
(2) 
Site plan approvals may be extended for an additional period of one year, provided that an application for an extension is filed with the Board granting the original site plan approval not less than 30 days prior to the expiration of the date of the original site plan approval. The granting Board shall not unreasonably refuse an extension but in considering the reasons for the requested extension may establish reasonable conditions precedent to the granting of an extension.
(3) 
In the event that site plan approval lapses due to the inaction of the applicant, site plan approval may be granted only by a new application in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations of this chapter and the Village of Piermont and upon the repayment of all required fees and charges.

§ 210-78 Application for approval.

An application for site development plan approval shall be referred to the Planning Board or the Board of Trustees by the Building Inspector within 10 days after the Building Inspector shall have received said application. Said application shall include:
A. 
A plan of the site, drawn to a scale of not less than 100 feet to the inch, showing the location and description of:
(1) 
Property boundaries.
(2) 
Site acreage.
(3) 
Existing natural and man-made features on site and within 500 feet outside of the site boundary, including street rights-of-way, railroads, structures, water sources, utilities and topography, including existing contours with intervals of not more than five feet where the slope is 10% or greater and not more than two feet where the slope is less than 10%.
(4) 
Soil characteristics.
(5) 
Location of wooded areas.
(6) 
The depth to seasonal high-water table.
(7) 
A copy of the Soil Conservation District soil survey, where available.
(8) 
Boundaries of any area subject to flooding, stormwater overflows and mountain or hillside areas subject to downslope flooding, including Flood Hazard Areas as established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Rockland County, New York.
B. 
The location and description of proposed changes to the site and existing development on the site, which includes:
(1) 
The locations, dimensions and uses of all proposed buildings and structures.
(2) 
The locations and dimensions of parking and loading areas and access and egress thereto.
(3) 
The locations and dimensions of all roads, driveways, sidewalks and walkways.
(4) 
The locations of all utilities, outdoor lighting facilities, fences, walls and signs.
(5) 
The locations of all principal and accessory buildings and structures, and recreation areas (e.g., trampolines, swing sets, jungle gyms).
(6) 
All excavation, filling and grading proposed to be undertaken, identified as to the depth, volume and nature of the materials involved.
(7) 
All areas requiring clearing, identified as to the nature of vegetation affected.
(8) 
All areas where topsoil is to be removed and stockpiled and where topsoil is to be ultimately placed.
(9) 
All temporary and permanent vegetation to be placed on the site, identified as to planting type, size and extent.
(10) 
All temporary and permanent erosion and sediment control measures, including soil stabilization techniques and stormwater drainage and storage systems, including ponds and recharge and sediment basins (identified as to the type of facility, the materials from which it is constructed, its dimensions and its capacity in gallons).
(11) 
The anticipated pattern of surface drainage during periods of peak runoff, upon completion of site preparation and construction activities.
(12) 
The final contours of the site at intervals of no greater than two feet.
(13) 
All applications for construction on unimproved (i.e., vacant) lots shall include a Tree Preservation, Protection and Landscaping Plan, as prescribed in Article II of Chapter 185 (§ 185-6 et seq.) of the Code of the Village of Piermont (Tree Preservation, Protection and Landscaping), drafted, and signed and sealed, by a New-York-State-licensed landscape architect.
C. 
A schedule of the sequence of installation of all landscaping, including planned soil erosion, sediment and runoff control measures, as related to the progress of the project, including anticipated starting and completion dates.
D. 
Stormwater pollution prevention plan. A stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) consistent with the requirements of Chapter 169, Stormwater Control, shall be required for site plan approval. The SWPPP shall meet the performance and design criteria and standards in Article II of Chapter 169, Stormwater Control. The approved site plan shall be consistent with the provisions of Chapter 169, Stormwater Control.

§ 210-79 Decisions, standards and considerations.

A. 
Within 65 days of the receipt of a complete site development plan application, or within such other further period of time that is mutually agreeable to the applicant and the Planning Board or the Board of Trustees, the Planning Board or the Board of Trustees shall render a decision to the Building Inspector.
B. 
When acting upon the site development plan application, the Planning Board or the Board of Trustees shall consider the following standards of development:
(1) 
All proposed traffic access points and roads shall be adequate but not excessive in number, adequate in width, paving, grade, alignment and visibility and not located too near street corners or other places of public assembly. Necessary traffic signalization, signs, dividers and other safety controls, devices and facilities shall be given proper consideration and duly provided wherever appropriate or warranted. Roads shall be constructed in accordance with § 174-12 (Street Layout) and § 174-13 (Street design) of the Code of the Village of Piermont.
(2) 
Safe, adequate and convenient pedestrian access and circulation shall be provided both within the site and to adjacent streets with particular attention to all intersections with vehicular traffic.
(3) 
Off-street parking and loading spaces shall be arranged with consideration given to their location, sufficiency and appearance and to prevent parking in public streets of vehicles of persons connected with or visiting the use. The interior circulation system shall be adequate to provide safe accessibility to, from and within all required off-street parking areas.
(4) 
All structures, recreational, parking, loading, public and other service areas shall be landscaped and/or screened by fencing so as to provide adequate visual and noise buffers in all seasons from neighboring lands and streets. The scale and quality of the landscaping and screening on site shall be in keeping with the character of and serve to enhance the neighborhood.
(5) 
All major stands of trees, outstanding natural topography, significant geological features and other areas of scenic, ecological and/or historic value shall be preserved to the maximum extent practicable; soil erosion shall be prevented to the maximum extent practicable; and all potentially ecologically disruptive elements of site preparation, such as blasting, diversion of watercourses and the like, shall be conducted according to the highest standards of professional care.
(6) 
All proposed structures, service areas, fire lanes, hydrants, equipment and material shall be adequate and readily accessible for the protection of the proposed uses from fire.
(7) 
A stormwater drainage system shall be provided so as to limit surface water runoff from the site to zero increase in the rate of runoff from existing conditions. Natural vegetation and topography shall be retained to stabilize soils and reduce the volume of stormwater flow.
(8) 
The public and/or private disposal systems shall be sufficient to safely and adequately handle the type and volume of refuse and sewage which can reasonably be anticipated to be generated by the land uses on site.
(9) 
The public and/or private delivery systems for bringing potable water to each of the uses on site shall be shown to be sufficient.
(10) 
Adjacent and neighboring properties shall be protected against noise, lighting glare, unsightliness or other objectionable features such as unsightly storage of garbage, refuse and recyclables.
(11) 
Where a proposed use is a nonresidential use which would adjoin residential areas, special consideration shall be given, by the land use board exercising approval jurisdiction, to minimizing the impact of the proposed use on the residential properties.
(12) 
The applicable provisions of Article XIX of this chapter shall be abided, followed, and adhered and conformed to.
(13) 
These standards shall also apply to accessory structures and accessory buildings, and to accessory uses.
(14) 
The Planning Board or the Board of Trustees shall consider such other aspects as set forth in § 7-704 of the Village Law of the State of New York, as the same may from time to time be amended.
(15) 
Adverse impacts to neighboring properties' existing lines of sight and viewscapes of the Hudson River, Sparkill Creek, Piermont Marsh and/or Tallman Mountain, shall be avoided to the maximum extent practicable.
(16) 
The appearance, design and style of the exterior of buildings and structures, and the selection and installation of landscaping for screening and aesthetic purposes, shall be compatible, harmonious and complementary with the existing buildings and structures of the surrounding neighborhood and community. In reviewing said aesthetic aspects of the application, the Planning Board or Board of Trustees may consider all of those standards and criteria set forth in Chapter 4 of the Code of the Village of Piermont, and/or may request an advisory opinion from the Architectural Review Commission in accordance with said Chapter 4.

§ 210-80 Referral.

The Planning Board or the Board of Trustees may request a review of the site development plan by the Village Engineer (whose fees charged to the reviewing Board shall be reimbursed to the Village by the applicant), the Village Building Inspector, the Village Department of Public Works/Highway Department, the Village Fire Inspector, and/or the Chief of the Piermont Fire Department whose written reports shall be shall be submitted to the reviewing board within 30 days of the request.