Site Plan Approval.

Shall be required prior to the issuance of a building permit or certificate of occupancy, construction or commencement of any proposal, structure, use or action in accordance with Table I, 250-59.3.[1]

Purposes and Review Criteria: It is the purpose of this site plan authorization procedure to provide a means for the village review of the criteria listed in 250-59.2. Further, the Planning Boards review of each site plan application shall be guided.

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Applications for site plan approval shall be filed with the Building Inspector and must include the material and information as required by 250-59.5. Upon receipt of such complete application, the Building Inspector shall transmit 13-36 copies of such application and material, which must be provided by the applicant, to the Planning Board. Applications must be submitted at least 12 days prior to the regular meeting of the Planning Board, check with Clerk to the Planning Board on scheduled meeting dates. Every complete application for site plan approval shall be accompanied by a fee in the amount established by the Village Board of Trustees.

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Preliminary plans.Application for preliminary site plan approval shall be accompanied by the information required under  250-59.5 unless expressly waived by the Planning Board.

Limitation on site plan approval.

Site plan approval shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of approval unless a building permit is issued and construction has actually begun within that period and is thereafter diligently pursued to completion or when a building permit is not required, construction or commencement of the proposal has actually begun within that period and is thereafter diligently pursued to completion.

Planning board meetings:

  • First Monday of the Month @ 7:PM VILLAGE HALL dates altered for holidays
  • Application submittal 12 days before meeting date.

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Overlay, Central Business District:

Architectural review 250-58.2

Architectural review districts. The following areas shall be subject to the architectural review law and the adopted design guidelines:

Central Business District: The two Retail Commercial Districts, the General Business District and the Waterfront District that run along Route 5, as shown on the Zoning Map of the Village of Scotia

Special use permit

No special use referred to throughout this chapter shall be conducted until a permit has been obtained from the Board of Trustees.



Board of Appeals, Interpretation.zoningimage

Upon request of the Building Inspector or upon appeal from a decision of any administrative official, the Board shall decide any question involving the interpretation of any provision of this chapter, including determination of the exact location of any district boundary if an uncertainty arises with respect thereto.

Variances. The Board of Appeals shall have the power to vary or adapt the strict application of any of the requirements of this chapter in the case of exceptionally irregular, narrow, shallow or steep lots or other exceptional physical conditions, whereby such strict application would result in practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship that would deprive the owner of the reasonable use of the land or building involved, but in no other case. See  250-80B (1,2,3)

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Zoning Board of Appeals meetings:

  • Fourth Monday of the Month @ 7:PM VILLAGE HALL dates altered for holidays
  • Application submittal 19 days before meeting date.

Zoning code section 250-6


Some Definitions:

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT and erosion and sediment control

The purpose of this chapter is to establish minimum stormwater management requirements and controls to protect and safeguard the general health, safety, and welfare of the public residing within this jurisdiction and to address the findings of fact above.

We are an MS4 Community


A supplemental building, the use of which is incidental to that of a main or principal building and located on the same lot therewith.


The vertical distance measured from the elevation of the finished grade at the front of the building to the highest point of the building.


A permit to construct, reconstruct, enlarge or alter any building or other structure.


A building in which is conducted the main or principal use of a lot on which said building is situated.


That part of a building or structure which does not conform to one or more of the applicable height, bulk or yard regulations of this chapter, either at its original effective date or as a result of subsequent amendments hereto.


Any use of a building or land lawfully established but which does not conform to the use regulations for the district in which such use is located, either at the effective date of this chapter or as a result of subsequent amendments hereto.


A permit to occupy or use any building or plot of land.


The distance from the street or lot line to the nearest building line permitted on a lot.


Any device for visual communication that is used for the purpose of bringing the subject thereof to the attention of the public, but not including a flag, badge or insignia of any government or government agency or of any civic, religious, patriotic, fraternal or similar organization.


Any use outside the normal activity regularly allowed within a given district and for which a special permit is required.