Authorized by NYS General Municipal Law, Section 239-b, and County Law, Section 220, the Wayne County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 25 (1966) in February 1966 authorizing “the establishing of a County Planning Board with initial and succeeding members of said Board to be appointed by the Board of Supervisors’ Planning and Development Committee.”
Under current practice, appointments are made by the Board of Supervisors, with one representative from each of the 15 towns of Wayne County. The Board of Supervisors confirmed the appointment of a fifteen member Board under a system of three year staggered terms.
2022 Board Member Name
Officer Position 2022
Term Expiration (April 30)
Referrals from Local Municipalities
The local municipality where a project is sited must review and refer projects to the County Planning board. A Zoning Referral form must be submitted with any referral from a town or village. Referrals are due to the Wayne County Planning office on the Monday, one week prior to the board meeting date, which is equal to 7 working days before the scheduled meeting date.
It is important that the applications and all related paperwork are submitted including the “full statement of such proposed action” per General Municipal Law Section 239-m. 1. Definitions (c): The term "full statement of such proposed action" shall mean 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 under article eight of the environmental conservation law and its implementing regulations. When the proposed action referred is the adoption or amendment of a zoning ordinance or local law, "full statement of such proposed action" 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 or regional planning council.
Please contact your local municipal building/zoning/code enforcement office to begin the referral process.
Actions taken by Local Municipalities
Once a referral is reviewed by the County Planning Board, written recommendations are returned to the town or village within 10 days of the public Board meeting. Letters include comments from the board meeting and recommendation for approval, disapproval, modifications or a finding that the project will have "no significant county-wide or inter-community impact", often referred to as NCI. The local boards will take these recommendations and use them in their final determination on a project. Once a final decision has been rendered by a local board, a Local Action Sheet is required to be returned to the Planning Dept for inclusion in the project file.
County Planning Board Meeting Schedule
The Wayne County Planning Board currently meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the 2nd Floor Chambers of the old Courthouse, 26 Church Street, Lyons, NY 14489. The meeting is open to the public. Agendas for each meeting and meeting minutes can be found in the Agenda Center.
2022 Referral Deadlines, Mondays
2022 Meeting Dates, Wednesdays
**Because of the holidays, the County Planning Board combines the November and December meetings and meets the second Wednesday in December.
The NYS Department of State (DOS) has a wide variety helpful publications available to local government to aide local planning and zoning board activities and decisions. Also useful for local boards are the National Wetland and FEMA flood zone maps. The list below contains frequently suggested titles and links to online publications and resources useful to local town/planning/zoning boards and departments. Click here for the Dept Of State page of Publications.
|TITLE OF PUBLICATION||LINK TO PUBLICATION|
|NYS General Municipal Law||https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/GMU/239-M|
|Guide to Planning and Zoning Law||https://dos.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/09/guide_to_planning_and_zoning_laws2.pdf|
|Questions for the Analysis and Evaluation of Existing Zoning Regulations||https://dos.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/09/questions-for-the-analysis-and-evaluation-of-existing-zoning-regulations.pdf|
|Zoning Board of Appeals||https://dos.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/09/zoning-board-appeals-.pdf|
|Zoning and the Comprehensive Plan||https://dos.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/09/zoning-and-the-comprehensive-plan.pdf|
|Creating the Community you want: Municipal Options for Land Use Control||https://dos.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/09/creating-the-communityyouwant.pdf|
|FEMA Flood Map Service Center||https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home|
|NYS DEC Environmental Resource Mapper||https://gisservices.dec.ny.gov/gis/erm/|