New York State Legislature Adopts New Law to Allow More Flexibility in Granting Extensions of Time to Complete Requirements of Conditional Approval of Final Subdivision Plats

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The New York State Legislature amended Section 32-7(c) of the New York State General City Law, Section 7-728-7(c) of the New York State Village Law and Section 276-7(c) of the New York State Town Law.

These amendments permit the Planning Board or other municipal body having subdivision jurisdiction to grant more than two (2) extensions of conditional approval of final plats if warranted by the particular circumstances of each application. Previously, conditional approval of a final plat expired after 180 days, with a maximum of two ninety day extensions. The new amendment gives Boards greater discretion to extend the duration of the conditional approval of the final plat for periods of ninety days at a time, with no limit to the number of extensions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Amendments to the New York State Open Meetings Law May Affect Agency Obligations to Produce Records

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In February, Section 103(e) of Article 7 of the New York State Public Officers Law (“Open Meetings Law”) became effective.  The new provisions of Section 103(e) provide:

“Agency records available to the public pursuant to article six of this chapter, as well as any proposed resolution, law, rule, regulation, policy, or any amendments thereto, that is scheduled to be the subject of discussion by a public body during an open meeting shall be made available, upon request therefor, to the extent practicable as determined by the agency or department, prior to or at the meeting during which the records will discussed.  Copies of such records may be made available for a reasonable fee, determined in the same manner as provided therefor in article six of this chapter. If the agency in which a public body functions maintains a regularly and routinely updated website and utilizes a high speed internet connection, such records shall be posted on the website to the extent practicable as determined by the agency or department prior to that meeting.  An agency may, but shall not be required to, expend additional moneys to implement the provisions of this subdivision.” Read the rest of this entry »

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