June 23, 2017

PB minutes 4/27/17



PB Meeting Minutes 4/27/17

Meeting called to order at 7:00 pm. Members present were Linda, Tom, Rich, Frankie, Hershey, and Barry.

March meeting minutes were read and approved, motion made by Linda, second by Rich.

Members from Cornerstone Mennonite Church attended our meeting and presented tentative plans for building a church, school, and cemetery on McGrane Rd. Plot is 400’ square and does not meet setbacks for construction. There is no problem with subdivision code but we discussed the issue of granting a special use permit rather than conditional use. We suggested that they increase the setback on the south side from 50’ to 100’ and provide reasonable green space between parking lot and property line. They also could increase the lot on the north side by 50’. Future screening needs to be considered if land to the south is developed for residences. Parking spaces must also be farther from the road than drawn on the plan.

Linda will send them an email or letter informing them of our suggestions and refer them to zoning code for special use permit application (404.2). We are hoping to expedite procedures so they can open the school by September 1.

Earl Martin attended our meeting and presented a map of the depot property that he has purchased. He shared with us some of his development plans which we appreciated. Of most concern to him were the building of an agricultural fence and opening old county road 135 between Routes 96 and 96A.

Tom entered two items into Google Docs that should be changed in the next code revision:
404.2 – the special use procedure mentions “large business.” We do not designate “large business” any more. It should be changed to “special use” or something similar.
310.2 – should read “under 35” rather than “over 35” as specified in the Use Table.

Next meeting is May 25th. Motion to adjourn made by Hershey, second by Rich at 9:35.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Somerville, secretary

March 23, 2017

PB minutes 2/23/17



2/23/17 - Draft Copy PB Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:05. All members present including our new member Frankie Long.

Minutes to previous meeting were read and amended by striking “and will be approved at next meeting” from the second sentence of the second paragraph. Motion made by Tom, seconded by Hershey, approved by all.

A public hearing was held but nobody was present other than Mike Karlsen. A motion was made by Tom to approve the Dinsmore subdivision reviewed at the last meeting. This subdivision is exempt from SEQR approval according to NYS Code of Rules and Regulations – 6CR-NY 617.5 (c) (19). The motion was seconded by Barry and approved. Linda stamped and signed several copies of the map.

Kathy Hudson submitted a subdivision application and map for property between E Lake Rd, 96a, and portions of Kennedy Rd. The lot will be divided into four sections. Although it is nonconforming property according to current code no access will be changed. Each plot will have access to 96a or E Lake Rd. Dave made a motion to schedule a public hearing to be held on March 23, 2017 for discussion on this subdivision and to forward it for review and recommendations to the Seneca County Planning Board. Tom seconded the motion which was carried with one abstention.

Harriet Haynes attended our meeting and provided some training on steps that should be taken to review subdivisions and special/conditional zoning uses. She also provided a memorandum of understanding that gives guidelines as to what does not need to be reviewed by the Seneca County Planning Board. We are going to compile this information into a guide that we can refer to in making zoning, SEQR, and subdivision decisions and what needs to be reviewed by the county. Harriet gave us 1 ½ hours of training time for this session.

Next meeting is March 23. Motion to adjourn was made by Hershey, seconded by Dave at 9:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Somerville, secretary

February 23, 2017

PB Minutes 1/26/17



PB Minutes 1/26/17

Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm. All members present.

Previous meeting minutes were read and approved; motion made by Hershey, second by Rich.
Mike Karlsen presented subdivision maps on behalf of Diane Dinsmore for property along Willers Rd and 414. Subdivision proposal had no zoning conflicts. Donna Karlsen will be notified to schedule a public hearing for Feb. 23, 2017.

Mike addressed some thoughts about our letter that notified local lawyers, surveyors, banks, etc. about the need to properly submit subdivision plans. We were aware of some of the observations he made and appreciated his input. One area he was concerned about was the issue of enforcing the parameters of building plans. Checks and balances ought to be put in place to confirm that the original plans submitted for building a structure are actually fulfilled. He also offered to print our stamp on any maps he submits for subdivision so we only need to sign them.

Linda informed the board that Frankie Long is interested in coming back to the planning board. A motion was made by Tom that she be accepted as a new member of the board. Second was made by Dave and approved. This will be submitted to the Town Board for their next meeting.

Harriet Haynes will be coming to our next meeting to discuss subdivision approval in relationship to county planning board expectations. We look forward to her input and information.

We had a brief discussion about the zoning provision to move a property line which was brought up by Mike Karlsen. We may just need to revisit the language to see if any changes need to be made such as how far such lines can be extended.

Motion was made to adjourn by Hershey, second by Tom. Next meeting is 2/23/17.
Respectfully submitted,
Barry Somerville, secretary

January 26, 2017

PB minutes 12/22/16



PB Minutes 12/22/16

Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm. Members present – Linda, Barry, Dave, Hershey, and Rich.

Previous minutes were reviewed and approved – motion made by Hershey, seconded by Linda.

A public hearing was held in regard to the subdivision proposed by Robert Parker. No members of the community were present. Mr. Parker presented all the required maps for stamping. The board gave final approval for stamping – motion made by Dave, second by Hershey. Linda stamped and signed several maps – two were retained for PB records. This subdivision is exempt from SEQR approval according to NYS Code of Rules and Regulations – 6CR-NY 617.5 (c) (19).

Linda informed us of a form received by Ms. Albany from the county concerning SEQR requirements. It is not a legal requirement, but the county wants to have the form on record. We will review one next meeting.

Linda also discussed a letter received by the IDA that informed us of their desire to be the lead agency for SEQR in regard to the depot property. Any opposition to the proposal was to be forwarded to them within thirty days (which was fulfilled before our meeting). We decided not to challenge the proposal since we do not feel adequately qualified to be the lead agency for the Town of Varick.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm – motion made by Hershey, second by Dave. Next meeting will be 1/26/17.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Somerville, secretary