PART I, ADMINISTRATIVE LEGISLATION

Chapter 16, CONSERVATION BOARD

[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Honeoye Falls 12-17-1990 as L.L. No. 4-1990. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 16-1. Findings.

The preservation and improvement of the quality of the natural and man-made environment within the Village of Honeoye Falls, in the face of population growth, urbanization and technological change, with their accompanying demands upon natural resources, are found to be of increasing and vital importance to the health, welfare and economic well-being of present and future inhabitants. This requires forthright action by the governing body of the Village of Honeoye Falls. It is recognized that the biologic integrity of the natural environment on which man is dependent for survival and the natural and functional beauty of our surroundings which condition the quality of our life experience cannot be protected without the full cooperation and participation of all the people of the village working in partnership with local and state officials and with various public and private institutions, agencies and organizations.

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§ 16-2. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the same meanings as they are defined in § 239-y of the General Municipal Law: "open area;" "conservation open areas inventory;" "conservation open areas map;" and "open space index."

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§ 16-3. Establishment of Board.

Pursuant to § 239-y of the General Municipal Law:, there shall be a Conservation Board, hereinafter "Board," in and for the Village of Honeoye Falls.

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§ 16-4. Membership.

  1. The Board shall consist of five (5) members who shall serve at the pleasure of the Village Board of Trustees. Vacancies on the Board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that a vacancy occurring other than by the expiration of term of office shall be filled only for the remainder of the unexpired term. One (1) such member of the Board may be between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty-one (21) years. Initially, three (3) members shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years, and two (2) members shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year. Thereafter the terms of office of all members shall be two (2) years. The Chairman shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years.
  2. The Village Mayor, any Trustee, the Chairman of the Planning Board and other officials that may hereafter be designated by the Village Board of Trustees shall be ex officio members of the Board.

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§ 16-5. Officers, meetings, rules and reports.

The Village Board of Trustees shall designate a member of the Board to act as Chairman thereof. At the first meeting of the Board, its members shall elect from among themselves a recording Secretary. The Board shall adopt rules and procedures for its meetings. It shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities, and shall file and annual report as provided in § 16-6 of this chapter.

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§ 16-6. Powers and duties.

The powers and duties of the Board are as follows:

  1. Advise the Village Board of Trustees on matters affecting the preservation, development and use of the natural and man-made features and conditions of the Village insofar as beauty, quality, geologic integrity and other environmental factors are concerned.
  2. Develop and, after receiving general approval by resolution of the Village Board of Trustees, conduct a program of public information in the community which shall be designed to foster increased understanding of the nature of environmental problems and issues and support for their solutions.
  3. Conduct studies, surveys and inventories of the natural and man-made features within the Village of Honeoye Falls and such other studies and surveys as may be necessary to carry out the general purposes of this chapter.
  4. Develop an open areas inventory and open areas map in public or private ownership within the municipality, including, but not limited to, natural landmarks, glacial and other geomorphic or physiographic features, streams and their flood plans, swamps, marshlands and other wetlands, unique biotic communities, scenic and other open areas of natural or ecological value and of the ownership, present use and proposed use of such open areas, so as to provide a base of information for recommendations by the Board for the preservation and/or use of such open spaces. Said inventory and map will be presented to the Village Board of Trustees for its acceptance and approval. Following the Village Board's approval, the inventory and map will be designated an open spaces index and will be maintained and updated as necessary.
  5. Seek to coordinate, assist and unify the efforts of private groups, institutions and individuals with the Village of Honeoye Falls in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
  6. Maintain liaison with public, private agencies and organizations of local, state and national scope whose programs and activities have an impact on the quality of the environment.
  7. Work in cooperation with the Planning Board and recommend to the Village Board appropriate and desirable changes in existing local laws or new local laws relating to environmental controls.
  8. Prepare, print and distribute books, maps, charts and pamphlets in accord with the purposes of this chapter.
  9. Obtain and maintain in orderly fashion maps, reports, books and other publications to support the necessary researches of the Board into local environmental conditions.
  10. Recommend to the Village Board of Trustees that the Board accept, by gift, grant, devise, bequest or otherwise, property, both real and personal, in the name of Village of Honeoye Falls, as may be necessary to conserve and otherwise properly utilize open spaces and other land and water resources within the boundaries of the Village of Honeoye Falls. Such real property may be accepted in fee for land and water rights or as any lesser interest, development right, easement (including conservation easement), covenant or other contractual right, including conveyances with limitations or reversions.
  11. Review each application received by the Village Board of Trustees or by the Building Inspector, Planning Board, Board of Appeals or other administrative officer or body which seeks approval for the use or development of any open area listed in the open space index. The Conservation Board shall submit a written report to the referral office or body within forty-five (45) days of receipt of such application. Such report shall evaluate the proposed use or development of the open area in terms of the open planning objectives of the Village and shall include the effect of such use or development on the open space index. The report shall make recommendations as to the most appropriate use or development of the open area and may include preferable alternative use proposals consistent with open areas conservation. A copy of every report shall be filed with the Village Board of Trustees.
  12. Carry out such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Village Board of Trustees.

§ 16-7. Reports.

The Board shall submit an annual report to the Village Board of Trustees, not later than May 31 of each year, concerning the activities and work of the Board and, from time to time, shall submit such reports and recommendations as may be necessary to fulfill the purposes of this chapter.

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§ 16-8. Compensation and expenses.

Members of the Board, including ex officio members, shall receive no compensation for their services as members thereof but, on approval of the Board of Trustees, may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

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