Planning & Development Board

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Regular meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:00 p.m., Common Council Chambers, City Hall, 108 East Green Street.  You should check the meeting agenda to ensure the meeting is still scheduled to take place and that no changes to the meeting time/location have been made. Please note Planning Board meetings are also recorded on the City Calendar.

Agendas & Minutes

Accessing Documents Online


Site Plan Review/Subdivision Applications & Associated Materials

Site Plan Review application materials are accessible electronically via the “Online Documents” portion of the City web site (http://www.egovlink.com/ithaca/docs/menu/home.asp), under “Planning_and_Economic_Development” > “Site_Plan_Review_Project_Applications,” and in the relevant year/month folder.  (Any Subdivision application materials reviewed by the Board can be similarly located, but in the “Subdivision_Applications” folder.)


Zoning Appeal Materials

All zoning appeal materials scheduled for discussion at a meeting are also accessible electronically via the “Online Documents” portion of the City web site (http://www.egovlink.com/ithaca/docs/menu/home.asp), under “Planning_and_Economic_Development” > “Planning_and_Development_Board”  > “Zoning_Appeals,” and in the relevant year/month folder.


Other Meeting Materials

Any other materials specifically scheduled for substantive discussion by the Planning & Development Board, but not associated with a specific Site Plan Review application or Zoning Appeal, may also accessible electronically via the “Online Documents” portion of the City web site (http://www.egovlink.com/ithaca/docs/menu/home.asp), under “Agendas” > “Planning_and_Development_Board,” and in the relevant year/month folder, alongside the agenda of the related meeting. 

Duties:

§4-23. Planning & Development Board. [Amended 4/21/1994 by L.L. No. 3-1994]
A. Creation, appointment and organization.

(1) There shall be a Planning and Development Board, also known as the "Planning Board," consisting of seven members, each of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of Common Council. There shall be one member from the Board of Public Works. The Mayor shall appoint one member of the Planning and Development Board to serve as Chairperson. In the absence of a Chairperson, the Planning and Development Board may designate a member to serve as Chairperson. In making such appointments, the Mayor may require Planning and Development Board members to complete training and continuing education courses in accordance with any local requirements for the training of such members. The term of office shall be three years, and the terms shall be staggered, except for the member appointed from the Board of Public Works. With respect to that member, the term of office shall be two years and shall coincide with his or her term of office as a member of the Board of Public Works. [Amended 4-22-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997;EN 8-7-1997 by L.L. No. 11-1997EN; 10-4-2000 by L.L. No. 4-2000]

(2) Legislative body members ineligible. No person who is a member of the Common Council shall be eligible for membership on such Planning and Development Board. [Added 10-4-2000 by L.L. No. 4-2000EN]

(3) Vacancy in office. If a vacancy shall occur, otherwise than by expiration of term, the Mayor, with the consent of Common Council, shall appoint a new member for the unexpired term.

B. Powers and duties. Among its powers and duties, but not by way of limitation, shall be:

(1) Carrying out the statutory responsibilities of a City Planning Board, including:

(a) Receiving and acting upon subdivision and site plan review requests.

(b) Making reports to the Board of Zoning Appeals, if it so chooses, concerning the granting of variances and special permits.

(c) Advising the Common Council regarding the preparation and revision of the city ordinances related to planning, zoning, site plan review, signs, mobile home parks, subdivisions, historic landmarks and/or districts, land use and related subjects properly within its jurisdiction.

(d) Reviewing major capital proposals for compliance with the comprehensive plan of the city and reporting thereon.

(e) Developing and, as needed, amending the Official City Map and directing the Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works to reflect these decisions in the preparation and promulgation of the City Map.

(2) Initiating, preparing and adopting a comprehensive plan for the city for subsequent adoption by the Common Council, with staff service provided by the Director of Planning and Development.

(3) Reviewing periodically, preparing and adopting amendments to the comprehensive plan for subsequent adoption by the Common Council.

(4) Making recommendations to the Board of Public Works and the Common Council regarding the siting of major public improvements serving the city, in accordance with the comprehensive plan.

(5) Making recommendations to the Common Council and the Board of Public Works concerning the sale, purchase or use of city lands and buildings.

(6) Initiating and supervising the development of a data base, including the demographic, economic, social and business data to support the economic and social needs and opportunities of the city.

(7) Considering, advising upon and supporting appropriate capital, economic and social programs for the benefit of the city and its people.

(8) Assisting the Director of Planning and Development in locating and developing sources of financial and other assistance for physical, economic and social development, and recommending appropriate action by the Common Council concerning the same.

(9) Advising and assisting in making relevant neighborhood and functional area studies, including but not limited to economic development, transportation, recreation, housing, delivery of human services and environmental systems throughout the city.

(10) Making recommendations concerning the annual work program for the Department of Planning and Development for subsequent adoption by the Common Council.

(11) Making recommendations to the Director of Planning and Development concerning the organization, budget and internal operations of the Department of Planning and Development.

(12) Serving as a link between the city government and organizations and private citizens in its field of interest and competence.

(13) Undertaking such related functions and duties as shall be requested of it by the Mayor or Common Council.