HALLELUJAH!! Finally, a Resolution to Stop the Disregard of Town Code!
Below is a Resolution that will be on the Town Board Agenda, Monday, March 20.It is an effort to reaffirm the Town Code 203-8 that has been neglected.Please let our Boardmembers know how important it is to approve this resolution to assureresidents of the endeavors taken for an open, transparent and honest government.
Will it pass? Your guess is as good as any other.
Giving the Public Opportunity to Comment
WHEREAS, Town Code Section 203-8, Common Development procedures, sets forth the process for the review of project application by town departments, boards and committees; and
WHEREAS, this section details the manner in which such applications are first determined complete precedent to application review by town officials and the conduct of public hearings to elicit community comment on complete applications; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Department in an effort to provide some flexibility has over time interpreted these rules more loosely which has allowed the scheduling of public hearings on projects with incomplete applications so that the current practice is inconsistent with the plain language contained in the Code; and
WHEREAS, while there may be changes necessary in the review process prospectively, it is paramount that current processing of development projects is undertaken in a manner consistent with current code; and
WHEREAS, Town Code requires that only complete applications are subject to review by town departments, boards and committees and provides for a 30 day period for the technical review of each project component; and
WHEREAS, this review period also serves to allow the public to examine project documents during the technical review period; and
WHEREAS, current practice has diluted the due diligence undertaken during a completeness review resulting in incomplete applications advancing thru the review process prematurely; and
WHEREAS, the practice of ignoring the 30 day advance document submission requirements has resulted in the shielding of project submissions from public review and scrutiny, creating an undue hardship on community involvement; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED that Planning Board, Planning Department and the Town Attorney together examine the requirements of the Town Code and immediately revise operational procedures to fully comply with the Town code in all respects; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all other Town boards and committees, especially the statutory boards and committees (Traffic Safety Board, Zoning Board of Appeals) revise their conduct to comply with the Bylaws they have adopted to govern their business affairs to be sure that the Public is provided ample opportunity to examine project or application documents and comment on matters facing the Town.