Towns and Cities

Subdivision of Land

SECTION 45-23-62

§ 45-23-62. Procedure – Waivers – Modifications and reinstatement of plans.

(a) Waiver of development plan approval.

(1) A planning board may waive requirements for development plan approval where there is a change in use or occupancy and no extensive construction of improvements is sought. The waiver may be granted only by a decision by the planning board finding that the use will not affect existing drainage, circulation, relationship of buildings to each other, landscaping, buffering, lighting and other considerations of development plan approval, and that the existing facilities do not require upgraded or additional site improvements.

(2) The application for a waiver of development plan approval review shall include documentation, as required by the planning board, on prior use of the site, the proposed use, and its impact.

(b) Waiver and/or modification of requirements. The planning board has the power to grant waivers and/or modifications from the requirements for land development and subdivision approval as may be reasonable and within the general purposes and intents of the provisions for local regulations. The only grounds for waivers and/or modifications are where the literal enforcement of one or more provisions of the regulations is impracticable and will exact undue hardship because of peculiar conditions pertaining to the land in question or where waiver and/or modification is in the best interest of good planning practice and/or design as evidenced by consistency with the municipality's comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance.

(c) Local regulations shall include provisions for reinstatement of development applications when the deadlines set in the local regulations and approval agreements for particular actions are exceeded and the development application or approval is therefore rendered invalid. Where an approval has expired, the local regulations shall specify the point in the review to which the application may be reinstated.

(d) Decision. The planning board shall approve, approve with conditions or deny the request for either a waiver or modification as described in subsection (a) or (b) in this section, according to the requirements of § 45-23-63.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1992, ch. 385, § 1.)