Planning Board

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The Planning Board is an independent body comprised of five unpaid volunteer members appointed by the Town Board. Each member serves a five year term, with one member's term expiring each calendar year. There is no term limit for Planning Board members. Meetings are work sessions and generally held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00p.m., but may be moved due to Holidays or Election Day. Meetings are open to the Public.

The Planning Board reviews site plans for building construction, additions, rehabilitations, land partitions, change of building use, change of building tenants, and sub-divisions to ensure that the plans comply with the code and law. This Board works closely with the Town Engineer on all projects.

Town of Vestal Planning Board has been designated by the Town Board per section 274-a of Town Law to review and approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove site plans prepared to specifications set forth in the Vestal zoning ordinance. Site plans show the arrangement, layout and design of a proposed use of the land, of which plan elements are included in chapter 24 of the Town of Vestal Code.

  Typical site plan features include, but are not limited to:

  • Building layout
  • Means of access
  • Parking layout
  • Lighting
  • Landscape
  • Drainage
  • Screening
  • Architectural features
  • Traffic impacts
  • Water and sewer impacts

Planning Board Application (click here

If the site plans are approved, a building permit can be issued to a developer. If the zoning ordinance can not be complied with, the applicant is directed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Working in conjunction with the Town Board and/or Zoning Board of Appeals, some projects may have Public Hearings scheduled by the appropriate body, giving neighbors and Town residents an opportunity to comment on the proposal.

Planning Board Members:

Madeleine Cotts 7/7/23  Chair
Timothy Mulvey 7/7/21
Robert Warner 7/7/22
Thomas M. Gorman 7/8/24
Michon M. Stuart 7/7/25
Alternate Members:  
George Bezama 7/7/22
Joyce Majewski 7/7/24
Dave Berger - Attorney  
Carolyn Almy - Secretary 607-786-0980 x201

Planning Board members are required to complete a minimum of four hours of land use training annually.