Site Plan Review and Approval
Section 300-68. Declaration of policy.
- The Village Board hereby finds that physical development should proceed in an orderly
manner, with due regard to the public interest. Thus, a reasonable degree of control should
be exercised over the character, the exterior design of buildings and the development and
use of land, including open-land uses, such as parking areas, with or without new building
construction or the reuse of existing buildings. Excessive inappropriateness or poor quality
of design in the exterior appearance of buildings constructed and properties improved
impairs the benefits of occupancy of such buildings and properties, adversely affects the
value of real estate in such areas and deprives the municipality of tax revenue which it
requires to provide essential municipal services.
- The Village Board finds also that it is in the general interest of the health, safety
and welfare of the inhabitants of the village to encourage protection of water bodies,
watercourses and watersheds, wetlands and aquifer recharge areas, mature trees, habitat for
flora and fauna, steep slopes, highly erodible soils, rock outcroppings and other natural
features of the land. Protection of these environmentally sensitive features stabilizes
and preserves real property values, encourages passive recreation and appreciation of aesthetic
and scenic beauty and safeguards the public from flooding and ersosion [Added 11-7-1995 by L.L.
B. It is, therefore, the purpose of this Article to prevent these and other harmful effects of
poor quality of design from occuring. Toward this end and in furtherance of the public
health, safety, welfare, convenience and comfort of the public in general and of the surrounding
neighborhood in particular, the Planning Board of the Village of Dobbs Ferry is hereby empowered
to review site plans and to act upon same in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
[Amended 2-3-1976 by L.L. No. 4-1976]
Section 300-70. Submission of site plans required.
A. Requirements. [Amended 10-2-1084 by L.L. 6-1984; 9-15-1987 by L.L. No. 18-1987; 2-5-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991; 11-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]
- In each case where a building, addition thereto, original use or reuse of property, except for
single-family and two-family detached residences and their accessory uses on a parcel of land without
any environmental sensitive features as provided in 300-68A(2) and not in cluster developments
authorized under 7-738 of the Village Law of the State of New York, other than those as provided
in 300-31B of this chapter, is undertaken or proposed in any district, site plan review by the
Planning Board is required unless waived by the Planning Board; however, the Planning Board
may not waive site plan review in any case involving environmentally sensitive areas or features.
Every application for site plan review must consist of at least ten (10) copies of a site plan
drawn to suitable scale by an architect, engineer, surveyor, land planner or other competent
person. In addition, building plans consisting of working drawings, showing elevations, building
materials and interior layouts, shall be submitted to the Building Inspector in accordance
with village requirements.
- In any case where a building, addition thereto, original use or reuse of property is proposed
in a subdivision which was created prior to the establishment of the Planning Board and which has not
received subdivision approval from the Planning Board, site plan review in accordance with this
Article shall be required for single-family and two-family residences and their accessory uses
unless such site plan review is waived by the Board of Trustees.