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 17, 2016

PB Minutes 10/27/16

Draft Copy PB Minutes 10/27/16

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

September minutes were reviewed and approved – motion made by Tom, second by Barry.

Joan Albany brought a letter of intent and survey map for a subdivision on E. Lake Rd. Tom moved to approve as a minor subdivision, Linda seconded, motion carried. Donna will be notified to schedule a public hearing for our next meeting on Nov. 17. Copy of map will be approved, stamped and returned to Joan. One copy must be submitted by her to Seneca County.

Jim Somerville and Scott Ditzell also came for approval of a subdivision previously discussed. Tom moved to approve as minor subdivision, Dave seconded, all approved. Jim must supply tax map number and most recently stamped location map that shows the entire subdivision. It was made clear to Scott that this could not be subdivided again without 100’ of road access and this will be documented. We will also hold this public hearing on Nov. 17.

These approvals are exempt from SEQR approval according to the NYS Code of Rules and Regulations – 6CR-NY 617.5 (c)(19).

Linda mentioned that another subdivision may be coming up soon from property on Ogden Rd.

Barry submitted copies of the Town of Conesus subdivision application for review. We went over each page and made appropriate changes to formulate an application for Town of Varick. All will be incorporated for approval next month.

Rich informed us that our letter concerning subdivision regulations has been approved by the town lawyer. We will be sending out copies as soon as possible.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm – motion by Dave, second by Rich. Next meeting in Nov. 17, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Somerville, Secretary

November 16, 2016

PB Minutes 9/22/16

Draft Copy PB Minutes 9/22/16

Meeting called to order at 7:03. Members present – Linda, Barry, Hershey, Tom.

Previous meeting minutes were not available for review.

Linda informed the board that Bill Squires has resigned. We will be looking for a suitable replacement.

We were expecting Jim Somerville and Scott Ditzell to be present with info on their subdivision progress. The ZBA has given a variance for the 30’ frontage on 96a. Linda will inform Jim to bring a letter of intent to subdivide based on criteria in our current code. We expect to review this at the next meeting.

We are also concerned that we keep record of all subdivisions that are final. In this case, no further subdivisions can be made without access to a road. We should include this information in our application form for subdivisions – something to the effect of when the property was last subdivided. In this way we can determine if a legal subdivision is possible.

Rich Olsen may be able to help the TB and PB to post minutes on the same blog. This will improve the appearance and availability of the minutes.

Barry will attend the next TB meeting on Oct. 4.

Next PB meeting is Oct. 27. We are to review Town of Conesus application for subdivision for discussion and possible pattern for our own application at the next meeting.

Motion for adjournment made by Hershey, seconded by Barry at 7:50.

Respectfully submitted,
Barry Somerville

September 23, 2016

PB minutes 7/28/16

Draft Copy PB minutes 7/28/16
Meeting called to order at 7:05. All members present.

Previous minutes were reviewed and approved – motion made by Hershey, second by Rich.

Rich volunteered to attend Town Board meeting next Tuesday.

Linda informed us of a request made by the TB to formulate code concerning vacation rentals. Concerns about noise, lighting, parking, trespassing, and trash should be addressed. Bill is going to check the Geneva zoning code on this issue.

We need to work on subdivision code as it relates to the selling of farmland, especially in situations where a 100’ road frontage for access to farmland poses a problem.

Linda gave us a brief update on the subdivision proposal by Sonja Wirth. Right now, what she has proposed as a right of way for access to acreage behind her house does not conform to code.

We all received a copy of the letter Tom composed to make necessary parties aware of the need to properly observe and promote subdivision code in our town. We spent some time reviewing and rewriting portions of the letter. Addressees include the Seneca County Clerk, local attorneys, surveyors, realtors, bank mortgage departments, and title companies.

The following notes of Planning Board meeting (July 28, 2016) were added by David Kidd:

Final modifications were made to the letter Thomas drafted regarding notifying relevant local agencies, businesses and individuals of the need to reference town subdivision code in any real estate transaction involving subdivision.

Rich will attend the next Town Board meeting to inquire of the town attorney about any decision regarding subdivisions that did not meet the code that existed at the time of the subdivision. Thomas sent an email to the Town clerk requesting a spot on the agenda of the next meeting for Rich, and forwarded a copy of the letter regarding subdivision code for their review.

There are a lot of questions relating to the future development of the former depot property. Earl Martin was not able to make our July meeting. Hershey will contact him to attend the August meeting.  The Planning Board needs to be kept in the loop of development plans. 

Ricky McCulloch advised the PB that the garage on Rt. 336, at Long Meadow Trailer Court, is being operated by someone other than those who secured a Special Use Permit for the business. Also, there is a question of whether it is being used for the purpose for which the permit was obtained.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Somerville, secretary

August 07, 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