PRESENT: Board Members: Scottie Adams, Mike Ritchie, Beth Hall, John LaHart, Bill Young and Code Enforcement Officer, Ed Lagree. Upper Saranac Lake Manager, Guy Middleton joined the meeting at 11:15 AM.
This meeting was called to discuss possible amendments to the Land Use Code.
The meeting was called to order by Chair, Scottie Adams at 11 AM.
Scottie reported that Michael Martin of Cedar Eden Environmental has returned to the area after being in Connecticut for a few years. He is the person who prepared the TSC Land Use Map when the Land Use Code was enacted in 2000. In 2015, Scottie contacted Michael and had him prepare a new land use map that could be downloaded from the TSC web site. One of the problems with the "old" map in pdf form was that all the state land was in the same color (green) as the GR areas in TSC, and the commercial areas also appeared to be green. Michael prepared a new pdf map, which corresponded to the official land use map hanging in the hallway of the TSC town Hall. The only difference was that the colors used to identify the various classifications were different. The new map pdf had much higher resolution, so it was possible to zoom in to a specific area. The problem that still exists is where the boundaries exist between land use classifications. It is not possible to discern exactly what properties are in what classification near the boundary. For instance, the Hickok Marina and campground, along East Shore Lane and on Church Pond Rd., there are land use divisions. Scottie has asked Michael if he can prepare some sort of map in which the TSC land use map is superimposed on the Franklin County Tax map, so it is possible to see which properties are in which land use classification. Scottie and CEO, Ed Lagree, will meet with Michael Martin to determine what can be done
Beth Hall moved that the TSC Planning Board request Michael Martin to investigate the possibility of creating a map in which the individual properties in the TSC can be identified as to which TSC land use classification they belong. Mike Richie seconded the motion. All were in favor of the motion. Scottie will seek funding approval from the TSC Supervisor, Mickey Webb to pursue this issue.
The issue of setbacks from right of ways was discussed. The definition of front yard contains language describing setbacks from right of ways. This definition was amended in 2003 to clarify the right of way issue. The current language was deemed acceptable.
The current Land use Code specifies in Article V, District dimensional Regulations, Section 5.1 General Lot Regulations, Schedule of dimensions a minimum front yard setback of 50 f.t for R-1-1.3 and 75 ft. for R-1-3.2. Ed reported that due to the topography of the land in most areas of TSC, and especially properties on the Upper Saranac Lake, a 75 ft. setback is difficult to obtain. A 50 ft. setback for would be more practical. Additionally, R-C-3.2 should correspond to R-1-3.2.
The Board agreed that changing the front yard setbacks for R-1-3.and R-C-3.2 from 75 ft. to 50 ft. should be one of the proposed amendments to the current Land Use Code. Scottie will send out a revised chart showing this change.
The next topic of discussion was whether the TSC Land Use Code size of docks and their length should be adjusted to take into account the DEC recommendation to property owners seeking to build or renovate their docks and/or boathouses, that the boathouse be 3-5 ft. from the shoreline. If the boathouse were 5 ft. from the shore a ramp would have to connect the boathouse/dock to the shoreline. Assuming a standard 4 ft. wide by 5 ft. long that would that would be an additional 20 sq. ft. Should the total square footage be adjusted to take this into account? Should the size of the ramp be specified? The current code also specifies that the dock can be no longer than 30 ft. measured from the mean high water mark. Should the code be changed to specify that the dock can be 30 ft. long or 35 ft. measured from the mean high water mark? Scottie will prepare some different scenarios to consider. One solution would be to amend the code to coincide with the APA restriction that allows structures of less than 100 sq. ft. to be built within the 75 ft. shoreline setback. After considerable discussion, it was decided that the current land use code in Article IV, District Use Regulations, describing secondary uses, for which a site plan application is required, is adequate.
The next meeting to discuss these issues further was scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 at 7 PM in the TSC town Hall meeting room.
Scottie will provide Planning Board minutes to the Planning Board members by email for final approval before submitting to the Town Clerk for posting on the Town of Santa Clara web site. Planning Board members should have suggestions for wording to amend the boathouse issues ready for the next meeting.
John LaHart moved that the meeting be adjourned, Beth hall seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting was adjourned at 12:07 PM.