Site Plan Review and Approval
[Added 2-5-1974]

Section 300-68. Declaration of policy.
A. Findings.

  1. 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.

  2. 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. No. 6-1995]

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]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.