Present: Linda Mastellar (chair), Cindy
Lont, Lauren Burling, April Freier, Frankie
Long, Thomas Björkman (Secretary). One vacancy. Julia Stanley (Clerk)
Guests: Ben Stolzfus, Jim Foggo, Bob Hayssen Steve Marsh, Neil Olver
Called to Order at 7:00 pm
Introduced Julia Stanley who will be Clerk to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and handle Short Term Rentals. She is starting with the applications for short-term rentals.
Approval of Minutes from September
Moved by Lont, second by Freier, approved 6-0
Hayssen lot line move.
Public Hearing Opened 7:05
Closed Moved by Lont, second by Long, approved 6-0
The Varick Planning Board issues Final Approval of the for a lot line move to take 1.058 acres from parcel 5-1-4 to 5-12-4.12. The land is part of a residential lot and will formalize Hayssen’s longstanding residential use.
The applicant supplied an Agricultural Data Statement. The board finds that there will be no impact on adjoining uses because the land use will remain residential.
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.
Moved by Long, Second by Burling Passed 6-0
The applicant provided a final plat for a minor subdivision of parcel 14-1-21 at Rt 414 and Col Rd. 129, application that was preliminarily accepted in August. A public hearing on approving the subdivision will be scheduled for November 17.
The board reviewed the procedure for major subdivisions.
Application for the
The Varick Planning Board accepts submission of the Final Plat for the major subdivision of Parcel 9-1-28.12.
The subdivision is to seven parcels.
· Parcel 1 is the manor house and adjacent barns and orchards.
· Parcel 2 is farmland with connector to Rt 89 frontage
· Parcel 3 is a former winery with a driveway to Rt. 89.
· Parcels 4-7 are 1.4 acres straddling Rt. 89 and approximately 185 ft of road and lake frontage.
Acceptance of a Final Plat shall not constitute approval of the Final Plat.
A public hearing will be scheduled for November 17.
Moved by Björkman, Second by Burling, Passed 6-0
The application will be reviewed at the November 17, and the full proposal will go the the County Planning Board. State Environmental Quality Review …]
Short Term Rentals
There have been ten applications, eight of which were complete. Code Enforcement Officer Dorn inspected all but his own, which was done by Supervisor Hayssen.
Clerk Julia Stanley is working on a database and forms to make the short-term-rental process clear and efficient. The Town website has some materials for applicants and residents, and more will be added.
Since each application is subject to public hearing, we expect up to eight public hearings on November 17.
Applicants and inspectors have asked for greater clarity on what the septic inspection needs to certify. The language is not specific enough. After discussion, the board concluded that the need to protect water quality with the higher demand from rental use is best met by opening the tank, inspecting inlet pipe, baffle and outlet pipes, and determining the size if that is not known. The dye test should also be performed. Pumping is not required to determine those things, but the inspection may reveal that pumping is due. This requirement mostly affects rentals close to Cayuga Lake.
Additional updates to Zoning Code.
The board discussed the backlog of revisions to the zoning code to address some loopholes and unclarities.
The Planning Board hereby refers the complete set of revision to the Town Board for discussion at their next meeting.
Moved by Björkman, second Burling, Passed 6-0.
Moved by Burling, second by Mastellar. Approved 6-0. Adjourned at 8:57 pm.