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February 15, 2007: County Planning Board Meeting

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MINUTES

LEWIS COUNTY PLANNING BOARD

February 15, 2007

 

 

1.         Call to Order: Chairman Dennis Lee called the monthly meeting of the Lewis County Planning Board to order at 6:05 PM in the Legislative Chambers, Lewis County Court House, Lowville, NY.

 

2.         Roll Call: Board members present:  Dennis Lee, Pat Wallace, Mike Kaido and Tom Sweet.  Staff present: Renee Beyer, Planner.  

 

3.         Reading and Approval of Minutes:  The January 18, 2007 meeting minutes were received and there were no modifications by the Board members present.  Mr. Wallace motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Sweet seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

4.         Correspondence and Communication:  None

 

5.         Report From Officers:  None

 

6.         Report of Special Committees:

 

   239-M Review Committee

   Mrs. Beyer reviewed the following projects. 

  TOWN OF DENMARK PLANNING BOARD Special Permit Request - To construct a 20' x 30' unmanned building to be used as an interconnect   station for fiber optic lines.  The proposed project is located along NYS Route 26 in an H-1 zone in the Town of Denmark.

Time Warner Cable - Applicant

 

§   Compatibility With Adjacent Uses: The land uses surrounding the site are residential, agricultural and commercial.  The proposed project is compatible with adjacent uses.   

§   Traffic Generation and Effect: The proposed project is located on NYS Route 26.   The proposed building is to be unmanned and will not have continuous traffic entering and exiting the property.  It appears that there will not be a significant impact on the existing roadway. 

§   Community Facilities: The proposed project will not adversely affect community facilities.

§  Drainage: not addressed in the application. 

§   Protection of Community Character: The proposed project is located in a H-1 Zone, Highway/Mixed Use, as defined by the Town of Denmark's Zoning Law.  This lot is a pre-existing non-conforming lot.  The applicant proposes to build an unmanned facility, which requires a special permit in this zone.  According to the Town's zoning law, the non-conforming lot can be used for this purpose, provided that the lot has sufficient area, width and depth to undertake development which will: maintain the required minimum front setback (100 ft from a State Highway), 50 feet is the required minimum side and rear setbacks, (which have been met by the applicant) the project must meet or exceed at least two-thirds and not exceed the maximum permitted lot coverage (non-applicable in this zone).  According to the applicants project submission, they will be meeting all required setbacks.  The project will not have an adverse effect on the existing community character.

 

§   Screening: not addressed in the application.  Appropriate screening should be implemented by the applicant to provide a visual and sound buffer between the facility and any adjacent structures.

 

§   Landscaping/Signage: not addressed in the application.

 

            Recommendation: Approve

 

Comments: The applicant should address landscaping and screening between the proposed facility and any adjacent structures to provide a visual buffer.

 

Mr. Wallace asked about the landscaping for the project.  He would like to see proper landscaping to keep the property from growing up with brush.  

 

Mr. Sweet made a motion to approve the project with comments; Mr. Kaido seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

TOWN OF WATSON PLANNING BOARD Special Permit Request - To allow motor vehicle sales at an existing convenience store located in a Hamlet Zone on the Number Four Road (County Route 26) in the Town of Watson.  Richard and Teresa Hoch - Applicants

 

           

§   Compatibility With Adjacent Uses: The land uses surrounding the site are residential and commercial.  The proposed project is compatible with adjacent uses.   

 

§   Traffic Generation and Effect: The proposed project is located on the Number Four Road, County Route 26, in the Town of Watson.  The proposed project will be utilizing excess parking space at an existing convenience store.   The location currently has sufficient sight distance in both directions.  It appears that there will not be a significant impact on the existing roadway. 

 

§   Community Facilities: The proposed project will not adversely affect community facilities.

§   Drainage: Drainage is not addressed in the application. 

§   Protection of Community Character: The proposed project is located in a Hamlet Zone, as defined by the Town of Watson Zoning Law.  Motor vehicle sales is an allowed use upon approval of a special use permit by the Town Planning Board.  According to the Town's zoning law all permitted uses and structures in the Hamlet zone shall meet the minimum lot size of one acre, lot frontage of 100 feet, front setback of 75 feet from a County Road and 25 feet side and rear setbacks.  The applicant meets the lot size and frontage minimums, however, the applicant does not indicate front, side and rear setbacks in the project submission.  There appears to be sufficient space to allow for these setbacks.  The project will not have an adverse effect on the existing community character.

 

§   Screening: Screening is not addressed in the application; however, screening exists between the proposed project and the residential property located to the east.

§   Landscaping/Signage: Landscaping is not addressed in the application.  Signage is not addressed in the application.

 

            Recommendation: Approve

 

Comments: The applicant should be required to meet the front, side and rear setback requirements which are 75 feet from the center line of a County roadway and 25 feet from the side and rear lot lines.

 

Discussion was had about the location of the proposed project so that all Board members were familiar with the location.  The Board discussed the setbacks, and determined that the applicant would not have a problem meeting these setbacks. 

 

Mr. Wallace made a motion to approve the project with the comments; Mr. Sweet seconded the motion, Mr. Kaido voted in favor and Mr. Lee abstained.  Motion carried.    

7.         Report of County Planner:  Mrs. Beyer passed out the resolution and Planning Board Training Policy that has been approved by the Board of Legislators.  Mrs. Beyer explained that she intends to provide training at meetings and self-study will be available to County Planning Board Members.  The Board members present commented in favor of the training opportunity.  Additionally, Mrs. Beyer explained that the Local Government Conference in Watertown at JCC is another good source of training.   

  

8.         Unfinished Business:  none

 

9.         New Business:  none

10.     Adjournment:  There being no other business, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Lee and seconded by Mr. Sweet.  Chairman Lee adjourned the meeting at 6:55 PM.

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