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Sleepy Hollow Will Keep Architectural Review Board

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow trustees are getting ready to approve a new village code this week that would keep a modified architectural review board in place and establish filming regulations.

Trustees will hold one last public hearing on the proposed code revisions at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Sleepy Hollow Village Hall. A vote on the proposed code revisions could also be taken Tuesday if trustees decide to close the hearing.

The code revision has been an ongoing process for several months. Sleepy Hollow employees and officials have been working to update the code so that it can be placed online. Residents can view the proposed code on the village's website .

Some sections of the old code have been removed because they are covered under the state penal code, such as graffiti or disorderly conduct. Other sections, such as a 1937 ordinance prohibiting people from wearing swimsuits in the village, have been removed because they are outdated.

The proposed code keeps the village's architectural review board, which was a point of contention between residents and some trustees. A few trustees first proposed eliminating the board entirely because they felt it duplicated services and posed a burden for homeowners. Several residents protested the move , saying the board served a distinct and necessary purpose.

Under the new village code, the five-person board will be reduced to three people, one of whom will be the village's building inspector. One member must be a registered architect. The building inspector will serve as chairperson.

The new code also adds regulations and fees on filming in the village. All commercial filming must apply for a permit with the village administrator before shooting, whether on public or private property, according to the new code.

Filming will be restricted between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. for Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday. No filming can take place on Sunday or holidays. Applicants will also be required to deliver filming notifications to neighboring homes.

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