TOWN OF SANTA CLARA VARIANCE BOARD

PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES - February 13, 2018

PRESENT: Scottie Adams, Mike Ritchie, John LaHart, Bill Young. Code Enforcement Officer, Ed Lagree. Michael Martin of Cedar Eden Company.

ABSENT: Beth Hall.

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Scottie Adams at 2:00 PM.

This working meeting was scheduled to meet with Michael Martin to review his progress on the revamping of the TSC Land Use Classification Map and consider discrepancies between the land use map and the Franklin County Tax Map.

Mike Ritchie moved that the minutes of the previous meeting which all have reviewed by email, be approved. John LaHart seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion passed.

Michael Martin reviewed the events leading up to the production of the current map, which went into effect in 2000. This map was based on the APA Land Use map which classified all lands in the Adirondack Park. Thus the APA map cannot be resolved down to the singe parcel level. Additionally, the map was created before GIS was available. Therefore when the TSC was created the classification lines are approximate only. The goal would be to adjust the color-coded land use classifications so that they are lot specific according to the Franklin County tax rolls.

Michael obtained the Franklin County Tax parcel map and has overlaid it on the TSC Land Use Map. When looked at in high resolution, one can see that the maps do not exactly align. In many cases it is obvious how the adjustment needs to be made by looking at the Franklin county parcel map which is available on line and specifies the size of the lot, the owner, etc., but there are several problem areas where the land use classifications cut across a single parcel. In just about every area the TSC land use class is based on the APA classification, so it should be possible to make a list of the questionable lots and get a jurisdictional ruling from the APA as to how that particular piece of property is classified.

Maps at different scales were examined to identify the problem areas. Ed Lagree pointed out that in some instances on shorefront properties, the property boundary actually extends into the lake, so the tax parcel may not line up with the edge of the lake on the map. After much discussion, it was agreed that Michael would email a JPG map with the TSC land Use map layered on the Franklin County Tax Map for all to study. The JPG can be enlarged to zoom in on specific areas, unlike the APA map, which becomes pixelated when enlarged. Michael will begin correcting the obvious discrepancies and identify areas where a ruling from the APA would useful. Another meeting is scheduled for February 21, 2018 to determine what progress has been made and identify any further issues.

Bill Young moved that the meeting be adjourned. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting was adjourned at 3:00 PM.

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