November 25, 2018

November 15, 2018 cancelled. Next Dec 13

The November 15 meeting was cancelled due to a winter storm.

The December meeting will be on Thursday, December 13.

Varick Planning Board, October 25, 2018

Varick Planning Board
October 25, 2018
Called to order at 7:00 pm
Present: : Linda Mastellar (Chair), Frankie Long, Hershey Sensenig, Rich Olsen, Bill Yale, Thomas Björkman (Secty).  Absent: David Kidd, excused.
Minutes of September 2018 approved. Moved by Mastellar, Second by Yale. All in favor. 
Subdivision of Parcel 1-02-32, located at 895 Yale Farm Road, Applicant Thomas Karlsen, executor for the estate of Mary Alice Karlsen.
Public hearing called to order7:03, No comments
Closed 7:04 on a motion by Björkman, Second by Sensenig. All in favor.
Discussion centered on avoiding creation of a landlocked parcel. A solution was identified an is reflected in the approving resolution.
The County Planning Board recommended keeping the residual part of original lot in same ownership as adjoining lot to the north. The Varick Planning Board felt this was best accomplished by merging the residual part of the original lot into the adjoining lot to the north, which is under the same ownership and all of the resulting parcel is currently farmed.

Motion:Approve dividing current parcel 1-02-32, joining 3.5 acres to parcel 01-2-30.1, and the remaining acres to adjoining parcel 01-2-16.1. Parcel 1-02-32 is thereby eliminated.
Moved by Björkman second by Sensenig. All in favor(6-0).


Vacation rentals.
Dave Bowe Sunset Bay. He has written the board about this topic in the past. New buyers are turning residential properties into commercial rentals, and some are absentee owners. If overdone, this trend reduces the quality of life by turning a residential neighborhood into a commercial one.
Fayette addressed the issue through a revocable permit. Mr. Bowe supports that approach, the most effective for keeping the renters under control. The main issue for him is a lot of late loud parties. 
The board indicated that a noise ordinance would be a primary component of addressing the noise problem directly. Furthermore, a revocable permit is recognized as a good mechanism for enforcement of good behavior by rental guests.
Reviewed Zoning Code Enforcement Officers report. 

The pending Major Subdivision by Somerville is on hold. They are waiting to get municipal water before moving forward.
An application is in the works for solar-energy development on Depot. The County Planning office indicated that the town can institute a moratorium beforeaccepting the application.  It would be subject to Site Plan Review under normal procedures for that district.

Motion to Adjourn moved by Sensenig, second by Long. All in favor.

October 26, 2018

Varick Planning Board September 27, 2018 minutes


Meeting called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Members Present:  Linda Mastellar, Bill Yale, Rich Olsen (acting secretary) and Frankie Long.  Also present were Thomas Karlsen, Gideon Stoltzfus, and Susan Ottenweller.

Absent:  Hershey Sensenig, Thomas Bjorkman and David Kidd

Previous meeting notes reviewed and motion by Bill Yale, seconded by Frankie Long and so carried unanimously to approve the minutes of August 30, 2018.


The board reviewed an application submitted by the Allen’s who supplied an agricultural data statement.  The board finds that there will be no impact on adjoining agricultural uses because the land use will remain agriculture.

The board received the short Environmental Assessment Form and declared itself the lead agency for State Environmental Quality Review.  Upon review of the EAF, the board found no impact because the action will lead to no change in land use, nor creates a condition that would encourage one.  The board makes a negative declaration of environmental impact.

The application was reviewed by the county planning board, which recommended unconditional approval. 

A motion by Richard Olsen, seconded by Linda Mastellar and so carried unanimously that the Varick Planning Board issues final approval of the Allen sub-division.  The action transfers 29.042 acres of Lot 12-1-44.211 to a new lot number to be determined by Seneca County.

A motion by Linda Mastellar, seconded by Frankie Long and so carried unanimously to open the public hearings at 7:05 p.m. regarding an application for approval of a major subdivision of property located on Yale Farm Road, Parcel Number 06-1-10 submitted by Barry Somerville as POA for James O. Somerville and a minor subdivision of property located on Ernsberger Road, parcel number 12-1-44.21 submitted by Gideon Z. Stoltzfus.

Mr. Somerville was not present for the public hearing for this sub-division request. Seneca County Planning Board recommended preliminary approval of their request contingent on certain requirements as outline in their resolution.  The Varick planning board tabled Somerville’s major subdivision request until further documentation of completion of requested work is submitted by Mr. Somerville.   

The Planning Board considered the Gedeon Stoltzfus’s appeal for subdivision into two lots, one lot is 44 acres and the second lot is 30 acres.  Mr. Stoltzfus presented a survey map to be signed by Linda Mastellar. 

A motion by Linda Mastellar, seconded by Frankie Long and so carried unanimously to close the public hearings at 7:40 p.m.

Mr. Thomas Karlsen requested an application for subdivision of property located on Yale Farm Road, agricultural lot number 1-2-16.1 to be added to lot number 1-2-31 which they are in the process of purchasing.  They would like to have access to the pond and gas well. 

A motion by Bill Yale, seconded by Linda Mastellar and so carried to hold a public hearing on October 27th at 7:00 on a minor sub-division of parcel number 1-2-16.1 located on Yale Farm Road owned by the estate of Mary Alice Karlsen. 
Roll Call:
Linda Mastellar           Yes
Frankie Long              Yes
Bill Yale                      Yes
Rich Olsen                  Abstain
Yes– 3 No-1

Susan Ottenweller, ZBA requested a joint meeting in February to review codes and revise if necessary to clarify vacation rentals, campers, etc.

A motion by Rich Olsen, seconded by Linda Mastellar and so carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

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October 24, 2018

Varick Planning Board August 23, 2018 minutes

Varick Planning Board
August 23, 2018
Present: Linda Mastellar, Hershey Sensenig, Frankie Long, Rich Olsen, Bill Yale, Thomas Björkman
Absent: David Kidd
Visitors: Barry Somerville, Michelle Hermann
Called to order at 7:08 pm
Approved minutes of July 26, 2018. Moved by Olsen, Second by Long. All in favor
Approved minutes of Aug. 9, 2018. Moved by Olsen, Second by Sensenig. All in favor
New member. We welcomed Bill Yale to the Planning Board. 
Somerville subdivision. County Planning office asked us to add information to the preliminary plat for the subdivision application. Mr. Somerville will address each of the items in Article V, Section 3 of the Varick Subdivision code. We had discussed each of them at the last meeting, but need documentation.
The preliminary plat application also needs approval by the Seneca County Health Department. Mr. Somerville reports that he has contacted them to do the relevant water and percolation tests. They are currently dealing with the flooding damage in the southern part of the county.
The county will want a survey map and engineering drawings with the Plat.  (Article V, Section 4.)
Stolzfus subdivision.We took an initial look at initial Gideon Stolzfus application that was received today. We need to determine whether a new tax lot will be created. Mastellar will discuss that question with applicant, and obtain an Agricultural Data Statement and Environmental Assessment Form. Once she has those, she will send them to the county planning department for review. 
Code revision.The public hearing for zoning code revision will be held at the beginning of the September 4 Town Board meeting (7:00 pm).
Adjourn.Moved by Sensenig, Second by Björkman. All in Favor. Adjourned 8:30 pm

August 24, 2018

Varick Planning Board August 9, 2018 minutes

Varick Planning Board
August 9, 2018

Present: Frankie Long, Rich Olsen, Hershey Sensenig, Thomas Björkman (secretary and acting chair for the evening). 
Absent: Linda Mastellar, David Kidd, Bill Yale (not yet sworn in)

Public hearing opened on Allen subdivision and SEQR at 7:03 pm. Hearing no comments, the public hearing was closed.

Meeting called to order at 7:04 pm 
Resolution:
The Varick planning board issues Final Approval of the Allen subdivision. This action transfers 40 acres of Lot 40-1-20.11 to Lot 14-1-09.2.
The applicant supplied an Agricultural data statement. The board finds that there will be no impact on adjoining agricultural uses because the land use will remain  agriculture.
The board received the Short Environmental Assessment Form and declared itself the lead agency for State Environmental Quality Review. Upon review of the EAF, the board found no impact because the action will lead to no change in land use, nor creates a condition that would encourage one. The board makes a negative declaration of environmental impact,.
The application was reviewed by the county planning board, which recommended approval with the proviso that no new tax lot be created. This resolution incorporates the restriction that the action create no new tax lot; it may only move the line between the lots.
Moved by Björkman, seconded by Sensenig. 
Passed with all in favor, 4-0

Reviewed Zoning Compliance Officer’s report.

Motion to adjourn by Sensenig, second by Long. Adjourned 7:25 pm

Varick Planning Board July 26, 2018 minutes

Varick Planning Board
July 26, 2018
Called to order at 7:01
Present:  Linda Mastellar (Chair), Rich Olsen, Frankie Long, Hershey Sensenig, Thomas Björkman (secretary).
Absent: David Kidd (excused)
Minutes of June 28 approved.  Moved by Mastellar, Second by Olsen. All in favor.

Somerville subdivision. Divide Lot 06-1-40 consisting of 7 acres on Yale Farm Road into 7 ~1 acre lots of 205 x 220 feet. The number of lots makes it a major subdivision.
Resolved that the Planning board determines that this is major subdivision. Accepted application and preliminary plat, including Environmental Assessment form and Agricultural Data Statement. The scale requirement is waived for the preliminary plat, because scale is appropriate for our purpose.  Moved by Björkman, Second by Sensenig. All in favor.
We will schedule a public hearing through Donna Karlsen. Somerville will provide surveyors plat to county and the contact information for the neighbors.

Allen subdivision. We sent the application to the County Planning Board, and they will . They recommended approval contingent on not creating an additional tax parcel. We need a public hearing. They want to have it before our next meeting so they can close on the sale. We will try for Aug 9thif Hershey is available. 

Filling board vacancy.Bill Yale was appointed by the town board at their last meeting. He will be sworn in by the town clerk. 
Code revision. The county Planning Board recommends approval with one modification. That is to modify the definition of Marketable Recyclable Material to explicitly exclude municipal waste due to the heightened concerns throughout the county and region regarding solid waste disposal. 
The public hearing has been delayed because the town attorney wanted to notify some more agencies and do some steps himself. It is now scheduled for September 4. 
Adjourn.Moved by Long, Second by Sensenig, All in favor.  Adjourned at 8:07.

July 26, 2018

Proposed revisions to zoning code, Summer 2018


Proposed revisions to zoning code, Summer 2018.
The changes primarily make it clearer that trash is not allowed, including waste-to-energy. Also cleans up some small errors we found since the last revision.
Here is a link to a PDF of the most recent (April, 2016) code.

Deleted language is in strikeout. New language is in italics.

107. Definitions
Trash: Any material intended for disposal as waste, or any material abandoned or deposited without the intent and a clear plan for reuse or recycling. This shall include solid waste or construction debris, a majority of which by weight or volume is not suitable for reuse or recycling.
Garbage, trash and refuse.
1.     Solid waste as defined in 6 NYCRR 360.2
2.     Industrial waste (including process water and leachate)
3.     Any material intended to be disposed as waste
Marketable recyclable materials. Materials removed from previous use that have current commercial value and active immediate markets; other than municipal solid waste.
Refuse. See Garbage, trash and refuse.
Trash. See Garbage, trash and refuse.

308. Use Table
The following table prescribes which uses are permitted in each District. Abbreviations: P = permitted, C = Conditional, N = Not permitted, S = Special Use. The numbers refer to the section of the code indicating the conditions for Conditional and Special Uses.

Agricultural and Rural Residential (ARR)
Description: page20image7000Hamlet Residential (HR)
Description: page20image8880Lakeshore Residential (LR)
Small Business Park and Institutional (BPI)
Conser­vation (C)
Warehouse, Industrial, Transportation, Energy (WITE)
Commercial













Garbage, trash and refuse transloading, processing or disposal
N
N
N
N
N
N
Light manufacturing
C 310.15
N
N
P
N
S 311.19
Municipal Solid Waste Management Facility as defined in 6 NYCRR §360-1.7(a)
N
N
N
N
N
N
Recyclables Handling and Recovery Facility regulated under 6 NYCRR  §361-1
N
N
N
N
N
S 311.19
Transfer Station regulated under 6 NYCRR §360-11
N
N
N
N
N
N
Beverage container redemption operations regulated under 6 NYCRR §367-9
S 311.19
N
N
N
N
S311.19
Waste tire processing regulated under 6 NYCRR §360-13.1(d)(1)
N
N
N
N
N
N
Construction debris processing facilities regulated under 6 NYCRR Subpart §360-16
N
N
N
N
N
N
Waste to energy resource recovery facilities regulated under 6 NYCRR §362.
N
N
N
N
N
N
Warehouse
N
N
N
P
N
C 310.24 P






















309.2 General Design Standards
(E) Garbage, trash and refuse. The storage, processing or transloading of waste materials is prohibited.

310. Conditional Uses
310.24. Garbage, trash and refuse. The storage, processing or transloading of any waste materials, except for food processing or agricultural waste and marketable recyclable materials, is prohibited.
310.2   School, over under 35 students.

311. Special Uses
311.1 The application procedure is described in Section 404.2. The Planning Board shall apply the following criteria to all proposed special use permits in addition to any criteria for particular uses specified in Sections 309, 310 and 311.
 (F) As property previously a part of the former Seneca Army Depot may have deed restrictions imposed for environmental concerns, all development activities shall conform to these restrictions. Permit applicants shall provide a copy of the deed or other documentation identifying these restrictions with the application.

311.19. 311.1 (G). The storage, processing or transloading of any waste materials, except for food processing or agricultural waste and marketable recyclable materials, is prohibited.

311.19 Small-scale manufacturing, and handling of materials for reuse, redemption and recycling. Operations shall be indoors, the site plan review shall consider neighboring uses and code restrictions on comparable-scale retail or light industrial uses.

404.2 Special Use Procedure
The Planning Board shall, within thirty (30) days, conduct a public hearing on applications for large businesses Special Use applications referred to it by the Varick Code Enforcement Officer.

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