A public hearing is set for July 19 to amend three local laws, including one that would change Chapter 57 of the village code to allow an alternate member to serve on the Architectural Design Review Board (ADRB).
The ADRB examines the exterior design of prospective buildings for the purpose of maintaining appropriate standards of appearance with respect to the specific buildings and the relationship to their surroundings. All plans for new buildings, additions, alterations and signs are required to be submitted to this board. The only exception is the building of additions or alterations to one-family homes.
Seven members currently appointed to the board are serving three-year terms. This new amendment would allow for the addition of one alternate member, to take the place of another member in their absence.
According to Michael Filippon, superintendent for buildings, “The Architectural Design Review Board is a prerequisite to filing for a building permit for certain applications.”
The board meets on the third Tuesday of every month, and submission deadlines are the last day of the previous month.
“The lead time is only about two-and-a-half weeks," Filippon said. "Following approval (and perhaps site plan approval if also required [see Section 200-82 of the code]) it takes about four to six weeks for review, approval and issuance of a building permit,” Filippon said. “The addition of an alternate member is not to reduce time but to ensure that we will have a quorum and not have to cancel meetings. Similar to the Zoning Board of Appeals and what is also being done for the Planning Commission.”
The public hearing to discuss the addition of the alternate member will take place at 8 p.m. in the village hall board room.
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