PRESENT: Board Members: Scottie Adams, John LaHart, Bill Young, Mike Ritchie, Beth Hall and Code Enforcement Officer, Ed LaGree.
Minutes Prepared By: Scottie Adams
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 PM on November 8, 2016 by Scottie Adams.
The first order of business was to approve the meeting minutes from 10/11/16 that were informally approved via email. John LaHart moved that the minutes from 7/26/16 be approved. The motion was seconded by Mike Ritchie. All were in favor. The motion was approved unanimously.
The second matter of the day was to consider and comment on the Variance application by Young Life to replace their maintenance building that was destroyed by fire in April 2016.
APPLICANT: Young Life Saranac Village
PARCEL ID: 473. -1-1
LOCATION: 4014 State Route 30, Upper Saranac Lake
The application of Young Life Saranac Village to rebuild a maintenance building with additional office and meeting space. This application would require two area variances for the rebuilt maintenance building due to the pre-existing non-conforming building.
1. A variance for the increase in height from 28 ft. to 30 ft.
2. A variance for the increase in square footage from 3200 to 5400.
The entire Planning Board had a sketch plan conference with representatives Dan Maiore and Mark Bowden on August 18, 2016. The sketch plan conference was preceded by a tour of the proposed building site and the entire facility on August 6, 2016. The original sketch plan review contained a request for a 3 RV pads, but this request is not included in the current variance requests.
After discussion, the consensus was that there was no objection to Young Life replacing their maintenance building with additional administrative space.
Bill Young moved to report to the Variance Board that the Planning Board had no objection to granting the 2 variances to Young Life. The motion was seconded by John LaHart. All were in favor. The motion was approved unanimously.
The last matter was to review a Site Plan Review Application:
APPLICANT: Jim Ball, J. Ball Construction, Inc. for Robert and Elizabeth Zick
PARCEL ID: 463.4-1-12
LOCATION: 131 Hoel Pond Road #9
The application seeks to construct a low impact wooden walkway 3 ft. wide x 131 ft. long from the house to the shoreline area. The stated purpose of the walkway would be to protect the existing path from further erosion and damage to tree roots from foot traffic.
This application is being reviewed because the Town of Santa Clara Land Use Code lists specific activities requiring site plan review. Section 6.32 specifies uses listed as secondary uses. Section 4.11 further specifies secondary uses for District R-1-1.3 (4) Docks, steps and walkways. Principles outlined in Section 6.12 B 2 list "Prevent accelerated soil erosion"
After discussion, it was the consensus of the Planning Board that the wooden walkway should be approved, but the applicant should be reminded that the non-conforming deck at the water’s edge cannot be expanded without a variance. The applicant should also be advised to avoid as much damage to tree roots as possible during construction.
Beth Hall moved that the wooden walkway be approved. Bill Young seconded the motions. All were in favor, the motion passed unanimously.
Scottie Adams will send a copy of the Planning Board meeting minutes to the Variance Board and notify Jim Ball that the site plan application has been approved. The letter to Jim Ball will contain a reminder that the existing deck at the waterfront is a non-conforming structure and therefore cannot be expanded in any way without a variance and to minimize damage to tree roots during the construction process. The minutes will also be sent to the Town Clerk for posting on the Town of Santa Clara web site, pending approval by Planning Board members.
No date will be set for the next meeting since there are no urgent issues pending and the Planning Board has met 5 times in the last 10 weeks.
Beth Hall moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Bill Young. All Board members were in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 PM.