ARB’s Scope Preserved

Posted on 10 October 2012

On Tuesday night, the Sag Harbor Village Board amended its code to read specifically that the village’s historic preservation and architectural review board (ARB) should have jurisdiction to require a certificate of appropriateness for every action requiring a building permit both within and outside the historic district in Sag Harbor.

The decision was unanimous by all four members of the board. The fifth seat on the board remains empty since the resignation of board member Tim Culver.

According to Sag Harbor Village Attorney Fred W. Thiele, Jr., the ARB has always enjoyed having full jurisdiction over the whole village. But after a zoning code revision, that jurisdiction was called into question by Sag Harbor Village Building Inspector Tim Platt who said the new code did not specifically grant the ARB the authority to review projects outside the historic district.

On Tuesday night, Thiele noted that when the new code was drafted it contained language directing the ARB how it should look at projects both in and outside of the historic district making the intent of the code clear when it was adopted in 2009.

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