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Planning Department

Site Plan Review is crucial for projects like new buildings and additions. It ensures compliance with local regulations, zoning requirements, and design standards. The process promotes efficient land use and compatibility with the surrounding area.

This application packet includes the Site Plan Application and Special Use Permit. The Special Use Permit is a legal authorization allowing property owners to use their land for specific purposes not typically permitted in the zoning district, such as churches, schools, or unique commercial operations.

A Site Plan Modification is a request to change an existing site plan, which may involve amending, expanding, or altering a previously approved plan. It can also apply to converting land use, requiring additional construction or modifications. The purpose is to update the plan, ensuring it aligns with evolving needs and meets new requirements.

A Minor Subdivision refers to the division of land into a maximum of four lots. This does not involve extending municipal facilities, like water or sewage lines, and it should not negatively affect the development of the rest of the land or neighboring properties. It allows for creating smaller lots while making sure the overall land use fits well with the surrounding area and doesn't cause problems for future development plans.

A Major Subdivision refers to dividing a piece of land into five or more lots or any subdivision that requires extending municipal facilities, such as water or sewage lines.

A Lot Line Adjustment is a transfer of land from one property owner to another intended to increase the size of one lot while decreasing the size of the lot from which it is transferred without, however, creating any new lots.

NY State Environmental Quality Review Forms

The SEQR Short Form is a simplified version of the State Environmental Quality Review process in New York State for projects with minimal environmental impact. It uses a shorter Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) to assess potential effects. This streamlined approach ensures efficient review while still considering the project's environmental aspects.

The SEQR Long Form is an extended version of the State Environmental Quality Review process in New York State. It involves a detailed analysis of a project's environmental impact, including the submission of an Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) and, if necessary, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS undergoes public review, and comments are considered before the final decision on the project is made. The SEQR Long Form ensures a thorough evaluation of significant environmental impacts before project approval.

A request made by a property owner to obtain permission from a local government to construct or modify a driveway on their property that connects to a public road. The purpose of a driveway permit is to ensure that the proposed driveway meets certain safety standards and complies with local regulations.

A NYS Highway Work Permit Application is a formal request submitted to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) for permission to conduct non-utility work on state highways. This permit is required for any construction, maintenance, or other activities that may impact or require the use of state highway rights-of-way.

Water & Sewer

Provides property owners and contractors with essential details regarding the requirements for obtaining a Water and/or Sewer Service Permit in the Town of LeRay. It serves as a comprehensive resource, outlining the Board's guidelines and explaining the necessary steps for establishing a new connection.

Zoning Department

Grants permission to a property owner to use their property in a particular way, such as building a new structure or adding an addition to an existing structure. Zoning permits ensure that the proposed use of the property complies with local zoning laws and regulations, which are designed to promote public health, safety, and welfare.

Grants permission to a property owner to install or modify a sign on their property. Sign permits ensure that signs meet certain safety and aesthetic standards and comply with local zoning laws and regulations.

Certification issued by the Zoning Enforcement Officer acknowledging a change of tenant for businesses.

A document that allows a person to report a potential violation of zoning laws to the local government. Zoning laws are regulations that govern how land can be used in a particular area, such as what types of buildings can be built and how they can be used.

An Area Variance is a special permission granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals to deviate from specific dimensional requirements in the zoning ordinance. It allows property owners to address practical difficulties or hardships related to setbacks, lot coverage, height limitations, or other physical characteristics. The variance provides flexibility while ensuring compatibility with the surrounding area.

A Use Variance is special permission from the Zoning Board of Appeals, considered on a case-by-case basis, allowing property owners to use their land in a way that goes against zoning regulations. It requires demonstrating hardship or difficulty with strict compliance. Use variances offer flexibility in land use while maintaining zoning integrity. 

If a ZEO denies a permit on the basis of his interpretation of the zoning law, and the applicant disagrees, the applicant may appeal to the ZBA for a “second opinion,” or interpretation, of a particular section of the law. Likewise, a neighbor who disagrees with the issuance of a permit may appeal for an interpretation of the law.

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