Onondaga County Planning Board
The Onondaga County Planning Board (OCPB) operates under NYS General Municipal Law §239 l, m & n to advise local boards on the potential inter-municipal or countywide impact of local land use decisions. The Board uses the Onondaga County 2010 Development Guide to direct its recommendations on municipal land use referrals and to review the proposed Onondaga County Capital Improvement Program.
Douglas B. Morris, Chairperson
Daniel Cupoli, Vice Chairperson
William P. Fisher, Member
Lisa Dell, Member
James A. Corbett, Member
Martin E. Voss, Ex-Officio Member
Robert E. Antonacci II, Ex-Officio Member
What types of actions are referrable?
There are two criteria for determining if a proposed action is referrable to the OCPB persuant to GML 239 m and n: type of action and location.
Criteria 1: Type of Action
The following actions must be referred to the OCPB if they also meet the location criteria below:
- adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan pursuant to Section 272a of the town law, Section 7-722 of the village law, or Section 28a of the general city law
- adoption or amendment of a zoning ordinance or local law
- issuance of special use permits
- approval of site plans
- granting of use or area variances
- other authorizations which a referring body may issue under the provisions of any zoning ordinance or local law
- approval of preliminary and/or final subdivision plats or proposal to develop an undeveloped plat
Criteria 2: Location
The above actions must be referred to the OCPB when they are located within 500 feet of any of the following:
- the boundary of any city, village or town
- the boundary of any existing or proposed county or state park or any other recreation area
- the right-of-way of any existing or proposed county or state parkway, thruway, expressway, road or highway
- the existing or proposed right-of-way of any stream or drainage channel owned by the county or for which the county has established channel lines
- the existing or proposed boundary of any county or state owned land on which a public building or institution is situated
- the boundary of a farm operation located in an agricultural district, as defined by article 25-AA of the agriculture and markets law, except this subparagraph shall not apply to the granting of area variances
What does the OCPB look at?
- The OCPB review may include inter-community and county-wide considerations in respect to:
- compatibility of various land uses with one another
- traffic generating characteristics of various land uses in relation to the effect of such traffic on other land uses and to the adequacy of existing and proposed thoroughfare facilities
- impact of proposed land uses on existing and proposed county or state institutional or other uses
- protection of community character as regards predominant land uses, population density, and the relation between residential and nonresidential areas
- community facilities
- official municipal and county development policies, as may be expressed through comprehensive plans, capital programs or regulatory measures
- such other matter as may relate to the public convenience, to governmental efficiency, and to the achieving and maintaining of a satisfactory community environment
What is the process?
- The referring local body submits a GML 239 Referral Form along with a "full statement of a proposed action," which includes all materials required by and submitted to the referring body as an application on a proposed action, including a completed environmental assessment form and all other materials required by such referring body in order to make its determination of significance pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR). When the proposed action referred is the adoption of amendment of a zoning ordinance or local law, the full statement shall also include the complete text of the proposed ordinance or local law as well as all existing provisions to be affected thereby, if any, if not already in the possession of the county planning agency.
- The OCPB meets every three weeks to review referrals and recommend approval, modification, or disapproval of proposed actions, or reports that the proposed action has no significant county-wide or inter-community impact. The OCPB does not conduct public hearings or entertain public comment as part of its municipal referral review process. Public hearings are held by the respective referring municipal board. The public is, however, welcome to attend and observe OCPB meetings.
- The OCPB has 30 days after receipt of a full statement of such proposed action to report its recommendations to the referring board, accompanied by a statement of the reasons for such recommendations. This is accomplished in the form of a resolution.
- Referring bodies must file a report of the final action it has taken on a referred matter with SOCPA within 30 days after the final action (separate from the meeting minutes). A referring body which acts contrary to the County Planning Board recommendation of Modification or Disapproval shall set forth the reasons for the contrary action. A "Final Action Report" is available to simplify this reporting.