The Village of Cooperstown established the Zoning Law in 1935. This law implements the policies for land use in the Village which include:
- Preserve natural features and open space, vegetation, scenic attractions, and historic places and sites in order to maintain the community appearance and cultural heritage of the Village for residents and visitors alike;
- Provide protection of water bodies, lake and river shores, and control of future access to such shores by the public;
- Maintain the essentially residential quality of the Village;
- Provide public and quasi-public facilities that will serve the Village citizenry in the most beneficial manner;
- Provide suitable locations for commercial and other economic development that will protect the atmosphere and cultural heritage of the Village, serve the area adequately, and preserve the general welfare of the community;
- Preserve a safe, healthful and attractive environment for residential use, that provides housing opportunities for all Village residents;
- Provide public utilities and services to the community to insure a safe and healthful environment;
- Develop an efficient circulation and parking system that permits a reasonably rapid, safe, and convenient movement of people and goods within the Village and to and from surrounding areas.
The Village has three boards which operate independently each handling a different area of the Zoning Law. The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5 PM and generally reviews Zoning Permit applications for individuals who are requesting variances to specific portions of the Zoning Law. This board also reviews applications for home occupations and short-term rental properties.
The Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board (HPARB) meets on second Tuesday of each month at 5 PM and reviews Certificate of Appropriateness applications for proposed changes to the exterior of a property. A property owner who plans to make any exterior change to a property, including but not limited to windows, siding, additions, gazebos, pergolas, etc., would apply to HPARB prior to beginning any work.
The Planning Board (PB) meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:30 PM and generally reviews Sign Permit applications and site plans.
Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO), If you have any questions relating to Zoning please contact Jane Gentile at 607-547-2411 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Zoning Enforcement Officer will hold regular office hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., or by appointment.
Minutes are taken at each zoning board meeting. We try diligently to complete the minutes in a timely fashion and will post them below as a pdf. The minutes posted below are in draft form and are subject to change prior to acceptance from their respective board. If you are in need of a particular set of minute they may be requested from the clerks office.
Tourist Accommodation Review Committee – next meeting November 17, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.:
On May 22, 2017, the Village Board of Trustees enacted a local law placing a moratorium on new (not previously approved) Tourist Accommodations for a period of up to 9 months.
A review committee comprising members of the Village Board of Trustees, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board, as well as the Zoning Enforcement Officer, Village Administrator and Village Attorney has meet every two weeks to review and make recommendations regarding a tourist accommodation law.
On September 26, 2017, the committee held a public information meeting, attended by approximately 45 members of the public, to review the discussions held at review meetings every other week since June 8, 2017. The power point presentation given at the meeting can be download at the link below:
The next meeting of the committee will be held on November 17, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Village meeting room at 22 Main Street to review comments received at the public information meeting held on September 26, 2017 and subsequent comments received through October 6, 2017 and will work on local law language for revisions to tourist accommodation regulations. Comments can be provided by emailing Teri Barown, Village Administrator at email@example.com.
Public Hearing Notices
Applications & Informational Documents
Village Law Codification by General Code – http://www.ecode360.com/CO2139
Planning Board (PB) Minutes
Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board (HPARB) Minutes
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Minutes