Note: There will be a followup meeting of the Land Use Committee next Wednesday, June 19 at 7:30-9 at Village Hall.
June 12, 2002 Minutes
Trustee Allegra Dengler
Trustee Dengler reviewed the report from the Land Use Committee emailed from Trustee Liasion David Mintzes on Feb 8, 2002 which recommended a total rewrite of the Zoning Code. The Board of Trustees felt the need for followup since David is no longer on the Board of Trustees, and Trustees Dengler, Delmerico and Farrington volunteered to follow up.
Trustees also received a letter from Mike Willis on May 25 with a list of specific recommendations for code revisions.
In the Feb 8 Report, David Mintzes summarized:
It is the committee's opinion that a total review and re-write of the Zoning ad Land Use provisions of the Code, basically Chapters 268 (Subdividion) and 300 (Zoning and Land Use) is needed....
There was a discussion of the recommendation for a total review and rewrite. Ed Plotkin said we should not "tweak" the code, but do a rewrite. He felt it should not be done by a Planning Firm (Ardsley has hired planning firm Frederick P Clark Assoc to revise parts of their code.) He felt Kevin Plunkett would be able to advise us for a list of firms who've done code books.
There was discussion about whether we needed to do a Master Plan first. Ed felt the Zoning Code could be rewritten independent of doing a new Master Plan. He felt that a new Master Plan was necessary, but that the Zoning rewrite could go on independent of any Master Plan effort. He felt the real need for a Master Plan was when a land use decision was challenged in court, having a current Master Plan gives a lot of legal protection to the Village for the decision of its Boards. When the Master Plan says it, it gives real strength in the courts. He explained that the Zoning Map is a function of the Master Plan, not the Zoning Code.
Ed felt that doing "tweaks" to the code while awaiting a full rewrite could cause problems for the Boards because the rules will be changing piecemeal and may cause problems for applicants.
David's Feb 8 report said
The committee has discovered that every change we make in one code section forces changes in two, three or more other sections, and those changes force further changes, etc. Even the simplest amendments, such as a change in the way the code defines building height, gave rise to a complex rewrite of several other provisions. The same was true of something as simple, or so I would have thought, as changing the way the code defines the size of a building and lot coverage....
This was followed by a discussion of recommendations by Mike Willis for fixes to the Code that might be done in the interim while waiting for the full rewrite.
The followup meeting will be to get input from other members of the original land use committee as to these issues and finalize the recommendations to the Trustees. Should the Board of Trustees address any of the suggested changes prior to doing a total rewrite? If so, which changes should take priority? Does the Land Use Committee need to be reappointed or should the Trustees take it from here? How does this interface with the work of the LWRP? Is there a need for an RFP to get a consultant and if so, who should prepare it?