MINUTES LEWIS COUNTY PLANNING BOARD March 20, 2008 1. Call to Order: Chairman Lee called the monthly meeting of the Lewis County Planning Board to order at 6:00 PM in the 3rd floor Legislative Chambers, Lewis County Court House, Lowville, NY. Roll Call: Board members present: Dennis Lee, Tom Sweet, Mike Kaido, Rick Lucas, Pat Wallace and Mike Green. Staff present: Renee Beyer, Planner and Warren Rosenthal, Director of Economic Development. Mrs. Beyer introduced Mr. Rosenthal as the new Director of Economic Development for the County. Mr. Rosenthal gave the Board a brief summary of his Economic Development background. Reading and Approval of Minutes: The January 17, 2008 meeting minutes were received and there were no modifications made by the Board members present. Mr. Sweet motioned to approve the minutes; Mr. Lucas seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. Correspondence and Communication: None Report From Officers: None
6. Report of Special Committees: 239-M Review Committee Mrs. Beyer presented the following reviews to the Board: 1. TOWN OF DENMARK PLANNING BOARD Special Permit Request to establish a small engine retail and repair shop within an existing structure located near the corner of the Doran Road and County Route 194 in the Town of Denmark. Harlan Horst – Applicant Compatibility With Adjacent Uses: The project is located in the Town of Denmark. The land uses surrounding the proposed project location are mainly residential, as well as some vacant agricultural land. The proposed project is compatible with adjacent uses. Traffic Generation and Effect: The proposed project is located to the west of County Route 194 on the Doran Road in the Town of Denmark. The entrance drive is located on the Doran Road. There appears to be good sight distance in both directions at this location. It does appear that the existing road can accommodate an increase in traffic. Protection of Community Character: The proposed project is located within an AR2 Zone (Agricultural Residential) according to the town’s Land Use Map. This project is defined as Retail, Small Product and is an allowed use in this zone with a Special Permit. The applicant proposes to utilize a pre-existing non-conforming structure, which is located on a pre-existing nonconforming lot. The proposed project will not adversely affect the existing community character.
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Signage: The applicant proposes to place a 4-foot x 8-foot wooden sign on the side of the building facing the Doran Road. Drainage: Not applicable Parking: The applicant proposes to establish three parking areas in the space between the building and the Doran Road off of the east side of the driveway. According to the town’s Zoning Law, the applicant is required to have one parking space per every 200 square feet of gross leasable area. The building measures 800 square feet and the applicant proposes to use 30% as retail space. Landscaping/Screening: None Lighting: The applicant does not propose to have any external lighting at this establishment. Recommendation: Approve The Board discussed that the Town once had a sand pile at this location. It was established that Mr. Horst owns all three parcels located at the corner of County Route 194 and Doran Road. Mr. Lee asked Mrs. Beyer for clarification of a pre-existing non-conforming lot, which she provided. Mr. Sweet made a motion to approve the project; Mr. Wallace seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. 2. TOWN OF GREIG PLANNING BOARD Special Permit Request to construct and operate a seasonal country store on the corner of County Route 42 (Brantingham Road) and Van Arnam Road in the Hamlet of Brantingham, Town of Greig. Kathleen Roth – Applicant Compatibility With Adjacent Uses: The project is located in the Hamlet of Brantingham, Town of Greig. The land uses surrounding the proposed project location are residential, with some commercial properties located to the east of the proposed location. The proposed project is compatible with adjacent uses. Traffic Generation and Effect: The proposed project is located on the corner of County Route 42 (Brantingham Road) and Van Arnam Road. The applicant proposes to locate entrances on both the Brantingham Road and Van Arnam Road. There appears to be good sight distance in both directions at this location. It does appear that the existing road can accommodate an increase in traffic.
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Protection of Community Character: The proposed project is located within the Hamlet Zone according to the town’s Land Use Map. This project is defined as Retail, Small Product and is an allowed use in the Hamlet Zone with a Special Permit. The applicant proposes to build a 1,080 square foot building, which is located on a pre-existing non-conforming lot. The building meets all of the required setbacks. The applicant proposes to place a split rail fence along the road right-of-way, within the allowed area as noted in the Zoning Law. The proposed project will not adversely affect the existing community character. Signage: The applicant proposes to place a sign parallel with Brantingham Road. The sign will measure 4-feet x 6-feet and will measure 7 feet high and will be made of wood. Drainage: There are no drainage issues at this location according to the town’s Zoning Officer. Parking: According to the town’s Zoning Law, a retail establishment of this type is required to have at least one parking area for every 250 feet of gross leasable floor area. The applicant is required to have at least five parking spaces; however, the applicant proposes to create approximately 24 parking spaces in front of the Store between the building and the Road. The applicant is required to create parking spaces that measure no less than 9 feet by 18 feet. The applicant will provide one handicap parking space. The applicant proposes to construct the drive and parking area of gravel. Landscaping/Screening: The applicant proposes to have a small grass area in front of the store and to place small shrubs in this area as well. There will also be a grass area between the parking lot and the road, which is the proposed location of the sign. The remaining lot behind the store will be made into meadow and the applicant proposes to keep as many of the existing trees as possible. There is an existing tree line to the east of the proposed location that provides some screening to the adjacent neighbor. Lighting: The applicant plans to light the parking area and the sign. The applicant will place the lighting in a manner that will have the least impact possible on the neighboring residences. Recommendation: Approve It was noted that the Board reviewed the project in 2004 and that a Special Permit in the Town of Greig is only valid for two years if the applicant does not take action on the project. Therefore, the applicant has re-applied for a special permit and the Board must review the project once again. Discussion was had about the location of the sign. Mr. Lucas made a motion to approve the project; Mr. Green seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
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7. Report of County Planner: Mrs. Beyer discussed with the Board the training opportunities that are available in the coming year. Mrs. Beyer also informed the Board that the Town of Martinsburg had responded since the last County Planning Board meeting that they approved, the i2i Fabrications Special Permit. Additionally, Mrs. Beyer stated that although the Board did not review the MJL Crushing Project in the Town of Lowville, the Town had forwarded their decision, which was to approve the Special Permit. 8. Unfinished Business: None 9. New Business: Mr. Rosenthal suggested that Mrs. Beyer give a brief update of the status of the Comprehensive Plan. The Board asked that they be informed of Community Meetings and they voiced their interest in participating in the Plan. 10. Adjournment: Their being no other business, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Green and seconded by Mr. Kaido. Chairman Lee adjourned the meeting at 6:47 PM. Respectfully submitted,
Renee J. Beyer Planner
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