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

August 06, 2016

PB Minutes 5/26/16

Approved Copy PB Minutes 5/26/16

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

Previous minutes were read and approved – motion made by Rich, second by Dave.

Frankie Long came to the meeting to get information about adding a 100’ strip of property to her and her husband’s property on East Lake Rd. We informed her that if she is just extending her property line by this purchase it will not be a subdivision. However, if the lot is bought separately the sale will have to go through minor subdivision approval. In that case she would be able to sell the new lot at some point in the future.

Jim Somerville and Scott Ditzell returned to inform us that they have not been able to get Bruce Maybury to sell the needed 70’ strip to conform to current subdivision code. At this point the board views the current subdivision as illegal and the property sale cannot proceed. Linda is going to contact the town lawyer to double check our interpretation of the code. She will also seek any other possible resolutions the lawyer may offer. Jim and Scott are going to contact Bruce again. We also suggested they check with the lawyer that Jim and Bruce used for the original sale of the property to see if he can do anything to resolve the situation. The original sale was not a legal subdivision according to current code.

Katherine Potter contacted the PB prior to our meeting with information about increasing the business possibilities of Yale Manor. She proposes building four 30’ diameter yurts on the property for Glamour Camping. She wanted our advice as to how she should proceed so that everything will be properly approved and she can proceed with the purchase. She had concerns about electrical wires, septic, setbacks, etc. We informed her that she needs to contact the ZBA about a variance for setbacks, Seneca County PB for building permits, NYSEG, and the necessity of a special use permit. A site plan review will be necessary as well. She was appreciative of our advice and seems very hopeful to move ahead with her plans.

We briefly discussed Tom’s draft letter to the TB and various parties that need to be informed of the need to go through proper procedures for subdivision approval. He is addressing banks, lawyers, realtors, county officials, etc. with introductions that will draw their attention. He is very near completion.

Bill brought up a concern that should be added to our future topics of discussion of zoning issues. Sometimes summer rental properties can become problematic in areas such as noise, parking, traffic, and other disturbances. Should we consider zoning that may manage or help control such situations?

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm – motion made by Bill, seconded by Dave. Next meeting will be 6/23/16.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Somerville, secretary