Town of Orangetown, NY
Rockland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Orangetown 8-12-1968 by L.L. No. 4-1968. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 1-11-1982 by L.L. No. 1-1982]
The Town Board of the Town of Orangetown has previously, by Local Law No. 4-1965, established an Historic Area in the Hamlet of Tappan, and that local law contained provisions relating to the creation of powers, duties and functions of a Board of review, the Town Board has now established another Historic Area, by Local Law. No. 5-1968, in the Hamlet of Palisades.[1] From time to time historical areas may be established in other parts of the unincorporated areas of the Town of Orangetown. The administrative problems which would arise by reason of having a separate historic board serving each area are many. The recruitment of qualified persons to serve on numerous boards would be a difficult task. The Town Board has determined that the best interests of the Town will be served by creating a single review board to be known as the "Orangetown Historical Areas Board of Review." This Board of Review will, within the historical areas, perform all duties and functions delegated to it by the local laws establishing historical areas. The Town Board has also considered the problem of having adequate representation from an individual historical area when matters relating to the individual area are presented for review. This local law provides that each hamlet would be represented at the time of hearing by at least one member from the particular historical area involved.
[1]
Editor's Note: Local Law Nos. 4-1965 and 5-1968 were repealed 7-28-1997 by L.L. No. 13-1997. See now Ch. 12, Historic Areas.
[Amended 1-11-1982 by L.L. No. 1-1982; 12-17-2013 by L.L. No. 3-2013]
There is hereby created in the Town of Orangetown a Board of Review which shall be known as the "Orangetown Historical Areas Board of Review." This Board shall perform all duties and functions delegated to it by this chapter and all duties and functions delegated to a board of review by any local law which establishes a historical area in any portion of the unincorporated part of the Town of Orangetown.
A. 
Any member presently serving out a term of office on the Historical Areas Board of Review shall continue as a member of this Board and shall serve to the end of his/her term of office as if he/she had first been appointed to this Board.
B. 
One member shall be appointed for a term of one year; one member shall be appointed for a term of two years; two members shall be appointed for a term of three years; and three members shall be appointed for a term of four years. Thereafter, the terms of office of the members shall be fixed so that a member's term does not exceed five years.
C. 
Any vacancy occurring before the end of the term of any member shall be filled by the Town Board by appointment for the remainder of the expired term.
D. 
The Historical Areas Board of Review may elect its own Chairman who shall serve a one-year term ending December 31 of the year. Any member elected Chairman may succeed himself or herself.
[Amended 3-9-1987 by L.L. No. 2-1987; 12-17-2013 by L.L. No. 3-2013]
A. 
The Historical Areas Board of Review shall consist of seven members to be appointed by the Town Board.
B. 
Any member presently serving on the Historical Areas Board of Review as of the date of this chapter shall continue as members of this Board, and his or her term of office shall continue as if he or she had first been appointed to this Board.
C. 
The Town Board shall appoint one member who shall be a resident of the Hamlet of Palisades.
D. 
The Town Board shall appoint one member who shall be a resident of the Hamlet of Tappan.
E. 
The Town Board shall appoint one member who shall be a licensed and registered New York State architect.
F. 
At least one member appointed by the Town Board shall be a member in good standing of a recognized historical or preservation society operating within Rockland County.
G. 
The remaining members appointed by the Town Board shall be residents of the Town of Orangetown.
Four members of the Board shall constitute a quorum, except that any matter relating to a particular historical area may be considered only if a member from that historical area is present as part of the quorum. A majority of the members present shall be required for a determination of any matter presented, but in no event shall a majority be less than four.
In the event that the Town Board of the Town of Orangetown shall create new historical areas in the Town of Orangetown and such areas are not represented on the Orangetown Historical Areas Board of Review, the Town Board shall, by resolution, increase the number of members serving on the Orangetown Historical Areas Board of Review so that all of the historical areas in the Town are represented on such Board by at least one member. The new members appointed pursuant to this provision shall be appointed for a term of one year, and said one year shall be deemed to commence from the first day of January in the year of appointment. The successors of such members shall be appointed for a period of five years beginning with January 1 of the year of the appointment.
Any title enumerated under the law is for organization purposes only and shall not be deemed part of the text of this law.
All portions of local laws or ordinances of the Town of Orangetown inconsistent with this local law are hereby repealed.
This local law shall take effect immediately.
[Added 9-22-2008 by L.L. No. 5-2008]
A. 
Any public hearings on applications or referrals for approval by the Board pursuant to this chapter must be advertised at least once in a newspaper of general circulation of the Town at least five days prior to the date thereof.
B. 
In addition, all applicants, at least 10 days prior to any public hearings pursuant to this section, shall send written notice by first-class mail to all owners within 200 feet of the property as measured from the front, side, and rear lot lines of the subject parcel (excluding public roadways, rights-of-way, and property owned by any public utility or public entity in measuring the 200 feet), as well as all properties within 200 feet of the subject parcel along both sides of any street or roadway on which the subject parcel abuts, at the applicant's expense. Prior to mailing the notification, the applicant shall be responsible for generating a list of all property owners required to receive notice pursuant to this section. The written notices, in properly addressed and stamped envelopes, shall be returned to the Clerk of the Board for the purpose of mailing from the Clerk's office. Property owners entitled to such notice shall be those listed as owners on the record in the Town of Orangetown Tax Assessor's office as of the date of the mailing. The written notice shall contain information on a form provided by the Clerk of the Board and shall include the date and time of the hearing and to be continued as necessary, the name and address of the applicant and the applicant's attorney, if any, the street address of the property, the Tax Map designation of the property, the nature of the application, and an indication that further information on the application is available at the Office of Building, Zoning, Planning and Enforcement. Failure of a property owner whose name appears on the affidavit of property owners to receive the notice shall not affect the validity of the public hearing or any action taken thereat by the Board.
C. 
All applicants are further required to erect signs containing information regarding the public hearing, as set forth in Subsection B of this section, on every lot corner and at least once every 100 feet thereafter, facing each public street on which the property abuts, giving notice that such application has been made and that a public hearing will be held. Such signs shall be obtained from the Clerk to the Board. Such signs are to be displayed for a period of not less than five days immediately preceding the hearing date or any adjourned hearing date. The sign shall not be set back more than 10 feet from any property or street line, shall not be less than two feet or more than six feet above grade at the property line, and shall be clearly visible from the property line.
D. 
At the commencement of any public hearing, the applicant must file an affidavit, with the Clerk of the Board, which states that the aforementioned notices have been complied with, and said affidavit shall include a list of the names and addresses of all property owners to whom notices were sent pursuant to this section and a statement that said properties are the only properties required to be notified pursuant to this section. The Board shall not proceed with the hearing unless the affidavit has been filed.
E. 
In addition to the notice requirements contained herein, any applications with respect to the following projects shall require that written notice by mail be made pursuant to Subsection B of this section to all property owners within 500 feet of the proposed project:
(1) 
High-tension transmission lines.
(2) 
Railroad and bus terminals.
(3) 
Satellite dish antennas.
(4) 
Public utility substations.
(5) 
Hotels and motels.
(6) 
Radio and television towers.
(7) 
Public parking garages.
(8) 
Airports and heliports.
(9) 
Elevated standpipe and water tanks.
(10) 
Sandpits, gravel pits (mining), and topsoil, landfill and excavation operations, all of which are not in accordance with the construction of buildings, structures or roads.