Next Referral Deadline: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Guidelines for Project and Proposal Referrals
Sections 239-l, 239-m, and 239-n of the General Municipal Law (GML) of New York State require that certain land use actions being reviewed under local zoning, site plan, and subdivision regulations be referred to a county planning agency for review and comment on aspects of the proposal that are of countywide or intermunicipal significance. In Cayuga County, the county planning agency that reviews these referrals is the Cayuga County GML 239-l, m & n Review Committee.
The Committee was established by Cayuga County Legislative Resolution 413-05 and consists of five County department heads or their designees: Director of Planning and Development, Director of Environmental Health, Superintendent of Highways, Environmental Engineer, and Director of Soil and Water Conservation District. The Committee meets monthly to review local actions for potential intermunicipal or countywide impacts.
When a Town, Village, or City receives an application for a land use approval or is considering adopting land use plans or regulations, it must determine whether the action needs to be referred to the Cayuga County GML 239-l, m & n Review Committee. The referral criteria are established by law in GML sections 239-m and 239-n.
Towns, Villages, and Cities must refer the following actions:
when the action takes place within 500 feet of:
GML allows the County to enter into agreements with municipalities exempting certain proposed actions that are determined to be of local concern only. The purpose of these exemptions is to eliminate unnecessary reviews, streamline local reviews and paperwork, and remove delays at the Town, Village, and City level.
Twenty-two local municipalities so far have executed a standard exemption agreement with the County. These municipalities are:
Three local municipalities have executed exemption agreements with the County that differ from the standard agreement. For more information about the exemptions in these agreements, please contact the Town or Village office directly or contact the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development. These municipalities are:
The remaining municipalities in Cayuga County have not yet executed an exemption agreement with the County. Local land use actions in these municipalities must follow the referral criteria established by GML. These municipalities are:
Referrals must be submitted by the Town, Village or City board that is reviewing the proposed action.
A complete referral contains:
Two sample cover letters are provided for the convenience of referring boards:
The referral cover letter does not have to use these forms as long as it contains the same information.
Send complete referrals by mail, fax, or email to:
The deadline for the next meeting of the Cayuga County GML 239-l, m & n Review Committee is Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Complete referrals must be received by this date in order to be reviewed at the next Committee meeting.
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