Meeting of the Santa Clara Planning Board held on June 02, 2020
PRESENT: Board Members: Scottie Adams, John LaHart, Bill Young, Mike Ritchie, and Code Enforcement Officer, Ed Lagree. Beth Hall present via conference call. Also Upper Saranac Lake Manager, Guy Middleton.
The meeting was called to order by Chair, Scottie Adams at 10:00 AM.
Two variance applications are on the agenda along with Short Term Rental discussion
The first order of business was to approve the minutes of the previous meeting which all received by email. Beth Hall moved to approve the minutes. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. All were in favor. The minutes from the Planning Board meeting on 05-04-20 are approved.
Site Plan Review Application: APPLICANT: Albert Williams
PARCEL ID: 431.4-1-9
LOCATION: 27 East Shore Lane, Hoel Pond.
The applicant seeks to build an addition onto an existing camp. The addition is on the "back" side of the existing camp and would be a minimum of 80 ft. from the shoreline. The front of the camp is 21.5 ft. from the sideline. The proposed addition would be 15 ft. from the sideline at the point closest to the existing camp and 9.5 ft. from the sideline at the back of the addition. The application would require a variance from the sideline setback from 25 ft. to 9.5 ft. The lot is ~3.25 acres with 325 ft. of shoreline.
It is noted that the camp is listed as having been built in 1975. The addition would create additional modernized living space. The camp roof would be upgraded from aluminum to dark green and the building stained brown to blend in with the environment. Google maps shows no other camps anywhere near the sideline in question.
John LaHart moved that the Planning Board report to the Variance Board that they have no objections to granting a variance for this application. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. LaHart, Hall, Ritchie and Young voted in favor of the motion, Chair Scottie Adams recue herself from the vote since she lives within 500 ft. of the applicant's property. The motion was approved. The chair will notify the Variance Board Chair and Secretary, of the Planning Board's decision.
Site Plan Review Application: APPLICANT: Patrick J. Murphy and Margaret Popp-Murphy
PARCEL ID: 442.2-2-15
LOCATION: 73 Floodwood Rd. Green Pond
The applicant seeks to extend an existing '8 ft. x 8 ft. deck to 22 ft. 6 in. across the front of the camp. The existing deck is 55 ft. from the shoreline. The application would require a shoreline setback variance from 75 ft. to 55 ft. for the extension of the deck. The property is ~0.5 acres with 99 ft. of waterfront.
It is noted that the current camp is built upon the foundation of the original camp built in 1968 or 1969.
The objective of the deck extension is to allow installation of bi-fold doors to eliminate seasonal screen and storm window replacement.
John LaHart moved that the Planning Board report to the Variance Board that they have no objections to granting a variance for this application. Bill Young seconded the motion. All voted in favor of the motion, The motion was approved. The chair will notify the Variance Board Chair and Secretary, of the Planning Board's decision.
Short Term Rentals (STRs)
An outline to be presented to the Town Board at their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 11 was discussed. The outline will cover the rationale for short-term rental regulations. It will describe the definition of a short-term rental, the land use designations covered and what type of rentals are excluded (owner occupied). Basic principles of permits and enforcement will be outlined.
The first draft of the Short-term rental regulations based on Lake Placid's regulations was reviewed and various points discussed as their applicability to the TSC situation. Definitions, permits, parking, safety regulations, local caretakers, appeals, etc. were all discussed. Scottie will prepare a revised draft based on discussion for review before the next meeting.
Beth Hall has a phone appointment with the Host Compliance people on Tuesday, June 9. Hopefully, they will provide information on rental discovery, permitting, monitoring, enforcement and their costs for these services. Once this information is in hand, decisions can be made about how to proceed.
Bill Young moved that the meeting be adjourned. John LaHart seconded the motion. All were in favor of the motion. Meeting was adjourned 11:15 AM.