December 13, 2012

Approved Minutes 10/25/12


Meeting called to order at 7:08 pm. Those present: Tom B, Linda M, Phil K, Barry S. Tom acted as chair since Bill S has resigned.

Minutes from the previous two meetings were approved. Linda moved to accept minutes for the 7/26 meeting; Phil seconded, minutes approved with change in Donna Karlsen’s name. For the 8/23 meeting Phil moved to approve the minutes, Tom seconded, motion passed.

There are two openings to serve on the PB. We need to elect a new chair person. Linda moved that we place Todd H as the interim chairman until new members come on the board. Phil seconded and the motion was approved.

We then discussed the need to improve the zoning code specifications for special use permits and area variances. The board holds that the ZB is responsible to take care of variances but needs more latitude within the code to help them make appropriate decisions. It was also suggested that we need to create an intent paragraph and outline the procedure for obtaining permits. All permits should be submitted to the Code Enforcement Officer who will inform the applicant if they need to obtain a variance or special use permit. He will direct them to the appropriate board when necessary. The PB will rewrite code that will include these items to help those who seek permits know exactly what they need to do.

The board also thinks it would be a good idea to peruse the current code to see if there are any other areas that could be improved by adding an intent paragraph. This is a project we will undertake when new appointees join the board.

It was also suggested that we should address the use of wind energy in the town since two windmills have been constructed in Geneva.

At our next meeting we are going to review code language in regard to PUD’s that we have retrieved from other town codes. Our starting point will be Fayette and Aurelius since they are most pertinent to the needs of Varick.

Our next meeting will be on Oct. 25. A motion for adjournment was made by Linda, seconded by Phil, and approved. Meeting closed at 8:18.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Somerville, secretary

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