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

December 22, 2016

PB Minutes 11/17/16



Draft Copy PB Meeting 11/17/16

Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm. Members present: Linda, Rich, Hershey, Barry.

Robert Parker presented an application and map for a minor subdivision approval from the estate of James Cross at 2560 Ogden Road. The subdivision property will be bought as a whole and divided into two equal lots. Hershey brought a motion to approve the subdivision, seconded by Barry, approved by all. Donna will be notified to schedule a public hearing for Dec. 22. This subdivision is exempt from SEQR approval according to NYS Code of Rules and Regulations – 6CR-NY 617.5 (c) (19).

Nobody was present at the public hearing for subdivision of Jim Somerville’s property to be sold to Scott Ditzell. Jim presented all county maps of the proposed property for subdivision on 96a. Since this is county approved and no other maps are available the board gave final approval and will stamp the map asap. Hershey put forth the motion of approval, seconded by Rich, approved by all. This subdivision is exempt from SEQR approval according to NYS Code of Rules and Regulations – 6CR-NY 617.5 (c) (19).

Nobody was present for the public hearing for subdivision proposed by Joan Albany. Barry motioned to grant final approval, seconded by Linda, all approved. Map will be stamped and forwarded to Ms. Albany. This subdivision is exempt from SEQR approval according to NYS Code of Rules and Regulations – 6CR-NY 617.5 (c) (19).

Minutes for 10/27/16 were reviewed and approved with the exception of changing Ernsberger Rd to Ogden Rd in paragraph six. Motion made by Rich, seconded by Linda.

The board then reviewed the subdivision application checklist and application forms worked on at our last meeting. Barry presented the revised forms which were approved with the exception of striking the words “of legal size” in the first sentence of point 5. Final Approval. Motion to approve made by Linda, seconded by Hershey. These forms will be forwarded to Donna Karlsen and placed on our website.

Rich notified us that he sent out the subdivision letters on Nov. 7. Linda received notification from the Finger Lakes Times that they were confused about what we wanted them to publish in regard to this letter. We revised the letter for publication and Rich will forward to Linda to resend to the Times as a news release. The same letter will be sent to the Reveille.

A number of names were mentioned as possible candidates to fill PB vacancy: Jim Hagadorn, Benjamin Williams, and Tom Wilson. We will continue to seek a person for this position.

Hershey made a motion to adjourn, Rich seconded. Meeting adjourned at 8:34 pm. Next meeting is 12/22.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Somerville, secretary

November 19, 2016

PB minutes 6/23/16



Town of Varick
Planning Board minutes - June 23, 2016

Board members in attendance: Rich, Linda, Hershey, Dave
Ricky McCullough (Code Enforcement Officer) also attended.

Meeting called to order

Katherine Potter of Yale Manor, was granted an area variance by the ZBA to allow 100’ setbacks at the sides and 50’ setback at the back of the Yale Manor lot. She requested a Special Use Permit to change from a Bed and Breakfast to an Inn (6‑12 bedrooms).

Neighbors of the proposed Yale Manor, Richard Serfass, and Dawn Eno expressed concerns about potential of increased violations of private property by Yale Manor guests going to its lakefront. Mr. Serfass has already had guests of current facility use his yard as a shortcut to the lake.

Yale Manor plans are for a perimeter fence to contain animals boarded there in the future. This would also force foot traffic to Yale Farm Rd. Linda explained that property violations and increased lake use are not zoning issues. Katherine Potter stated it is her intention to prevent guests, as much as possible, from any use of property not belonging to Yale Manor and to en- courage a quiet and peaceful environment.

The board determined that Yale Manor fits the definition of a small business. Hershey made a motion to grant a Special Use Permit contingent upon Yale Manor meeting other criteria listed in section 405 of the Varick Zoning Code to operate an Inn including no more than 4 Yurts. David seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Rich noted this is the kind of business we want to encourage in Varick.

Sonya Wirth wants to subdivide her property on Kings Corners Road, selling off 38.4 landlocked acres for agricultural use. She has been pursuing this objective based on information she be- lieved accurate, but which is in conflict with current subdivision code. Several suggestions were made that could resolve the matter, but would require cooperation from neighbors, or Ms. Wirth taking 1 00’ of road frontage from current parcels she owns to make it part of the 38.4 acre par- cel. Rich made a motion to request the ZBA review her subdivision request. Hershey seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Thomas has drafted a letter to concerned parties in the area highlighting the need to have plan- ning board review of any subdivision request prior to granting of any subdivision. Linda will for- ward Thomas’ letter to board members for review. We will vote on this letter first thing at our July meeting.

Hershey will ask the new owner of the army depot property, Earl Martin, to attend our next meeting.

Hershey made a motion to adjourn, David seconded. Meeting adjourned 9:10.

Respectfully submitted,
David Kidd