Referral Procedures

New York State General Municipal Law Article 12-B - §239-M requires municipal boards to refer certain planning actions to the County Board for review before taking final action. The purpose of the law is to encourage local decision-makers to consider the countywide and inter-municipal impacts of their local land use decisions.

Applicants are not permitted to submit referrals directly to the Board; therefore referrals must be submitted by the referring body.
However it is requested by the Board that the applicant be present at the meeting in which the referral is being reviewed to provide insight on the project and to answer any questions that may arise.

Referral submission forms must be completed and accompanied by a “full statement of such proposed action” as required by §239-M. Twelve (12) paper copies of all submitted materials must be included as well as a digital copy of all materials.

The following items are to be completed and are provided as a checklist to ensure the proper documents are complied by the referring body ensuring a “full statement of such proposed action”
  • GML §239-M Referral Form
  • Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) and all other materials used by the referring body to make a determination of significance pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review
  • Act (SEQRA)
  • Copy of the full text of ordinance or local law being proposed (if applicable)
  • Copy of the application submitted to the referring body
    • Provide details of any requirements of the municipalities codes or regulations that were waived
  • Maps and plans
    • Reduce oversized originals to 11”x17” for submission
  • Arial photograph(s) showing the context of the site location
  • Twelve (12) printed copies of the full statement
  • Electronic copy of the full statement
    • An electronic copy my be submitted by CD or email
All materials for referral must be delivered by hand or by postal mail to the Washington County Planning Department office by 4 p.m. at least 11 days prior to the meeting date on which it wishes to be reviewed.

Physical and Mailing Address:
Washington County Planning Department
383 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828