BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: John McMichael
Russ Shultis, Chairman
EXCUSED: Dennis Suraci
ALSO PRESENT: Miles Putman, Shuster Associations, Planning Board
At 7:07 pm, Chairman Russ Shultis called the meeting of the Town of Esopus Planning Board to order beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Russ then advised the public of the building’s fire exits, and roll call was taken.
ROXANNE PECORA MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE APRIL 24, 2003 PLANNING BOARD MEETING AS PREPARED. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.
A MOTION WAS MADE BY ROXANNE PECORA AND SECONDED BY JOHN MCMICHAEL TO ACCEPT ALL VOUCHERS SUBMITTED AND READ. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH PASSED BY A 6-0 VOTE.
The only voucher submitted and read was as follows:
Kristy L. Nelson.........(4/19/03 - 5/16/03)...................................................... 21 Hrs.
PUBLIC HEARING AND OLD BUSINESS
VENDITTI - (2003-05) - Lindemann Lane & Peters Lane, Ulster Park,
2 Lot Minor Re-Subdivision
Tax SBL #72.001-1-8.11
Applicant Robert Venditti was present at this meeting. This application
is for a 2 lot re-subdivision of a 36.5 acre vacant rural tract.
The applicant received an area variance from the frontage requirements
from the Town’s Zoning
Board of Appeals. ROXANNE PECORA MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY RUSS SHULTIS, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE VENDITTI CASE #2003-05. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE. Chairman Russ Shultis then called for public input. None was made. RUSS SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY ROXANNE PECORA, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD CLOSE THE VENDITTI PUBLIC HEARING. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT VOTED IN FAVOR. MOTION CARRIED.
Chairman Shultis noted the following discrepancies on the revised map:
· The bearing for the north line of Lot 3 reads SW; it should
be NE; either the bearing or the arrow needs to be changed.
· The east line of the Hoban Lot reads NW; it should be SE; either the bearing or the arrow needs to be changed.
· Regarding the distance along the east side of the right-of-way that leads from the lands of Lindemann to Hoban; the individual distances (120.94 + 96.09 + 50.29 = 267.32) do not add up to the 267.25 total as shown in the SE corner.
Russ Shultis also noted that from riding out to the site it looked as if Mr. Venditti’s well would be down slope from his septic. Bob Venditti stated that the property line between the Finkle Trust and his lot that disects the stone wall is right dead center of a hill, and it is above the septic site. It slopes either way down north and south; its the highest point of the property in the back.
Fred Zimmer questioned Miles Putman of Shuster Associates about the delineation of the bounds of the presumed public right-of-way for Peter’s Lane that appears to partially overlap the private ROW shown on the Lindemann residential lot at 6 Peter’s Lane as noted in Shuster’s project review of 5/14/03. Miles stated that it seemed as if there is an overlapping ROW situation. Maps were reviewed and discussions were had on this matter. FRED ZIMMER MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY ROXANNE PECORA, THAT UNTIL THE APPLICANT CAN SOLVE THE RIGHT-OF-WAY ISSUE ON LOT 6 AND PETER’S LANE, THE VENDITTI APPLICATION BE TABLED UNTIL NEXT MONTH (JUNE). ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF JOHN MCMICHAEL AND KATHY WEITZE, WHO VOTED NO, WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED BY A 4-2 VOTE. Mr. Venditti was advised to have the previously discussed corrections made to the map and have his surveyor, Mike Vetere, present at next month’s meeting to discuss the ROW issue.
ESP LAND DEVELOPMENT - (2003-08) - 75-77 Ulster Ave.; 1-5; 7-98 Fawn
Meadows Rd., Ulster Park, NY
4 Lot Major Re-Subdivision
Tax SBL #63.004-3-11.34
Miles Putman of Shuster Associates gave his application review for this
case. This proposal is for a 4 Lot (Major) Re-Subdivision of an 18
2/3 acre vacant parcel in an R-40 District along with the construction
of a town road. Patty Brooks of Brooks & Brooks represented the
applicant at this meeting. Ms. Brooks stated that the reasons the
letters from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
(OPRHP) and the DEC were not included in the long form EAF, as noted in
Miles review, was because these letters were written at the same time that
the EAF was submitted to this Board and subsequent to that, they received
responses to them which is why she contacted Miles directly; to try to
gather some insight from him as to how the Board would like them to handle
these issues. She added that they are still looking for some direction
from the Board as to whether or not the mitigations that they have already
set forth on the map are satisfactory with regard to the DEC response and
if the Board has somebody that it generally recommmends with regard to
the Phase 1 for handling OPRHP and how they should go forward with that.
It was suggested that the Planning Board involve its engineer, Nancy Clark,
early on for this application, in a preliminary capacity, in terms
of her opinion on the applicability of the Phase 2 storm water SPDES regulations
and what she would like to see in terms of the scope of the drainage study,
if she feels it is required. Nancy should also be appraised of the
changes that Art Cross, the Highway Superintendent, wants to see in the
drainage structures. Art Cross’ memo dated 5/22/03 to the Town of
Esopus Planning Board regarding Fawn Meadow was read into the record.
A copy of the same is on file and a copy was given to Patty Brooks.
Fred Zimmer had a question on the endangered species and the DEC’s response
of swamp. Patty Brooks stated that as part of the SEQR process, they
tell the DEC where their site is located and ask them to please let them
know if they are aware of any threatened or endangered species either on,
near, or potentially on or near the property. She noted that
the DEC’s response was not about an endangered species, but rather a threatened
species (a large Twaybalge) that was found in the Town of Esopus in a swamp
and that the potential exists for that same species to exist somewhere
else in the Town of Esopus in a swamp. Kathy Weitze asked how far
this development was from the nearest swamp. Patty Brooks stated
that the nearest septic system approval was over 200’ from the nearest
swamp. Maps were reviewed. Discussion was had about the Planning
Board considering undertaking a Coordinated Review and being the lead agency.
Board members agreed this would be a good idea to aid in the flow of communications
between the Planning Board and other interested agencies such as the County
Dept. of Highways and Bridges, the County Health Dept., the NYSDEC and
the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).
It was noted that an escrow account in the amount of $2,500 was established
with the Town’s Supervisor. Going back to the species matter, Fred
Zimmer felt that this could be handled by a note being placed on the plans
that says ‘if discovered, will not be disturbed’. Kathy Weitze stated
that maybe Nancy Clark would have a suggestion regarding this matter.
BRUDERHOF COMMUNITIES IN NEW YORK, INC. - (2003-11) - 10 Hellbrook Ln.,
Ulster Park, NY
(Hutterian Brethern) Cond. Use Permit
Tax SBL #63.004-3-33.11
Miles Putman of Shuster Associates gave his project review for this case. This proposal is to construct and operate a chicken processing facility (slaughterhouse). Attorney Richard Riseley and the Bruderhof’s representative, Chris Mason, were present at this meeting. Planning Board Engineer Nancy Clark’s comments in her May 22, 2003 letter to the Planning Board regarding this application were reviewed. Revision suggestions were made in regard to this letter. RUSS SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD SCHEDULE THE BRUDERHOF APPLICATION FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2003, AT 7:10 PM. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE. Revised maps will be submitted by Thurs., June 12, 2003, in order for the scheduled public hearing to go forth.
PONS - (2003-012) - 369 Union Center Road; Val Hank Drive, Ulster Park,
3 Lot Minor Subdivision
Tax SBL #63.004-5-32 & 33.2
Miles Putman of Shuster Associates gave his application review for this
case. The applicants propose the reconfiguration of two abutting
lots into three lots. Mr. & Mrs. Pons were present at this meeting.
John McMichael commented that he believed the flag pole to Lot 2 was to
long in regards to the zoning code. At this time, Chairman Shultis
read the zoning code pertaining to flag lots, Section 123-21D.5.
It was noted that this requirement could be waived if the Planning Board
determined that such a restriction was impractical or unwarranted.
Russ Shultis asked Mr. Pons what the status was with the County regarding
the re-use of the old driveway on Union Center Road. Mr. Pons stated
that his surveyor, Tom Conrad, told him there really wasn’t any problem,
but Mr. Catona of the County wants to get the railroad to agree how close
they could bring the driveway. Fred Zimmer asked who owned the existing
50’ future ROW to Lot 3. Mr Pons said that he and Hank Pittner own
that property. Fred felt the 50’ ROW should be merged with Lot 3.
Kathy Weitze and Miles Putman agreed. Miles suggested putting a notation
on the map saying ‘the remaining lands of Pons/Pittner to be attached to
with the appropriate lot lines to be deleted, etc. RUSS SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY KATHY WEITZE , THAT THE PLANNING BOARD SCHEDULE THE PONS APPLICATION FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON JUNE 26, 2003, AT 7:20 PM PROVIDED THE APPLICANT MAKES THE NECESSARY CHANGES TO THE MAP AND SUBMITS THE SAME BY THE DEADLINE OF JUNE 12, 2003. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE.
LIGHTHOUSE BLUFF - (2003-015) - 240-280 River Road, Ulster Park, NY
7 Lot Major Subdivision
Tax SBL #64.003-2-12
Miles Putman of Shuster Associates gave his project review for this case. This proposal is to subdivide 43+ acres into 7 lots with a dead-end road to be dedicated to the Town. In addition to Miles conclusions and recommendations, it was noted that high pressure gas pipeline should be shown on the map as a ROW. Chairman Shultis asked about the outcome of the Canino driveway. The applicant’s representative stated that he believes Mr. Canino will be buying a .72 acre parcel of land from them, the actual river parcel on the eastern side of River Road, and also square off the back of his driveway so his driveway would be on his own property. Miles Putman noted that this would be subject to subdivision approval so if that deal starts coming into play, it should be shown on the subdivision map as a lot line adjustment. Roxanne Pecora asked about the cemetery. Russ Shultis noted that the cemetery has an existing ROW now, but what he would like to see is the ROW proposed along the bounds between Lots 3 & 4. The applicant’s representative stated that due to the topography in the area, they wanted to make a common driveway into Lots 4 & 5 and they thought this could also be used as the access for the cemetery. Maps were reviewed. Fred had a liability concern and thought maybe the ROW to the cemetery should be by itself and separate from the driveway. Chairman Shultis will speak with the Board’s attorney about this matter. It was noted that some pesticide testing was done at the property and the results were fine. It was suggested that the applicant provide a copy of the pesticide testing results. Chairman Shultis asked if the applicant had contacted Art Cross, the Town’s Highway Superintendent, regarding the proposed town road. The representative said no, but he would set up an appointment with him. Russ Shultis asked the Board members for their feelings on the Planning Board being the lead agency on this application for a Coordinated Review. It was agreed that this would be a good idea. It was also noted that the applicant had established an escrow account with the Town Supervisor. Chairman Shultis will contact the Board’s engineer, Nancy Clark, regarding this application. Roxanne Pecora wondered what the process would be in regards to the road and it being turned over to the Town. Russ Shultis will approach the Town Board with a general concept as well as Art Cross. Miles Putman thought the Planning Board only needed an indication from the Town that they would accept the new street as a Town highway, and then, for the Planning Board’s part, the Board would approve a plat with an offer of session and all the construction specs that the Town requires. Miles Putman suggested that the applicant contact the County on the location of the new roadway off of River Road. He also asked the Planning Board if they would like to see an on-site recreation area or a payment in lieu. Chairman Shultis indicated that given the property’s location to Lighthouse Park, he would lean towards a payment in lieu of. The other Board Members agreed.
YMCA OF KINGSTON & ULSTER CO. - (2003-09) - 111 Burleigh Road, West
Conditional Use Permit - Children’s Camp
Tax SBL #79.001-11 & 12
Miles Putman of Shuster Associates gave his project review for this application. This proposal is to re-activate the old 4H camp on the New Paltz town boundary for a YMCA summer camp. Chairman Shultis asked Dave Clouser, the applicant’s agent, if he had any information regarding the Town property line. Mr. Clouser stated that after digging into the County Clerk’s records, he found that the Town line moved about 10,000’ south in 1846. He also noted that none of the deeds from the surrounding properties have a town boundary reference. Dave Clouser indicated that he used a filed map from an adjacent subdivision which he used to look at the Weed property deed and came back with a total distance to try to see where that line came out compared to Burleigh Road. What he found, without doing a complete survey of the Weed property, was between that particular line and the building in the camp, it was 143’ which is shy of the 200’ requirement in the ordinance. Mr. Clouser spoke with Art Cross, Highway Superintendent who was surprised because he thought the Town line was considerably farther back towards New Paltz. Dave Clouser stated that the bottom line was that they really don’t know where the Town line is and because of the way the deeds are written it really doesn’t matter. Fred Zimmer suggested getting the closest property line (143’) established and having it put on a survey by a surveyor. Next, a sketch of a proposed turn around on the southern end of the Cornell property was reviewed. Mr. Clouser noted that he spoke with Art Cross about this and he indicated that he was certainly willing to abandon any part of the Y’s Burleigh Road that made sense. Chairman Shultis noted that the Town of New Paltz has been kept up to date with everything up to this meeting, and he has received no comments from them as yet. Russ then asked Bill Doughman what the proposal was for all the cabins down in the woods on the other side of the stone wall. Mr. Doughman stated they do not plan to use them at all. They do plan to use the cabins on the west side of the road which will be rehabed. He noted that all activities will be on the west side of the road and south of the stone wall. Chairman Shultis asked about the well on the property. Dave Clouser stated that there was a letter from the Health Dept. with what would be necessary to bring the well up to the current code. Russ Shultis asked if any water would have to be trucked in. Mr. Doughman indicated that if the swimming pool were to be rehabed, they might have to truck in water to fill it the initial time. Potable water will come from wells existing on site. On June 3, Dave Clouser has an appt. with the Health Dept. to review the septic. Chairman Shultis asked the Board if they would be comfortable with referring the applicant to the ZBA for the necessary variances (front line and side line) along with sending the application information to Nancy Clark for her review. Board members indicated they would. RUSS SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY JOHN MCMICHAEL, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD HAVE THE APPLICANT ESTABLISH AN ESCROW ACCOUNT IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,500 TO COVER THE COST OF ANY REVIEWS FOR THIS APPLICATION. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE. RUSS SHULTIS THEN MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY FRED ZIMMER, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD SEND THIS APPLICATION TO NANCY CLARK OF CHAZEN ENGINEERING FOR HER REVIEW. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF MOTION WHICH CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE. Chairman Shultis advised Mr. Clouser to keep the Board posted in regard to the Ulster County Health Dept. and the road situation and submit an application to the Zoning Board of Appeals for area variances. Board members felt the Ulster County Planning Board referral should wait for the variance outcomes.
ROUSNER FARMS, INC. - (2000-06) - 41-53 Rousner Lane, West Esopus, NY
2 Lot Minor Subdivision
Tax SBL #71.003-5-7
Caretaker Dale Martin represented the applicant at this meeting. Miles Putman of Shuster Associates gave his project review for case. This proposal calls for the creation of two lots from a 26+ acre parcel. A 4.95 acre rectangle will be cut out from the larger tract and set aside as Lot 2. Discussion was had about a ROW for the Central Hudson utility line. Chairman Shultis suggested that the Planning Board ask for a notation on the map that says ‘subject to easements of record’. Fred Zimmer felt this was a good idea. In addition to this notation, Mr. Martin was advised to update his map to show any data on existing natural features that might influence site development (bedrock exposures, steep areas, streams, drainageways, etc.), driveway locations for both lots, future development data or a building envelope, a road reservation area set 25’ off the pavement centerline for Rousner Lane, and a zoning block. Fred Zimmer had a concern with one deed describing 2 parcels. He wondered how the parcels were recorded on the tax map; as one taxable parcel or two. Mr. Martin indicated they are on the tax map as two separate parcels. After reviewing the tax map, it appeared as if the properties are one parcel. Fred felt if there was one deed, it could be one parcel especially if they were contiguous. Miles Putman indicated that he has had attorneys tell him otherwise; the important thing is maintaining the separate parcel descriptions. Chairman Shultis will consult with the Planning Board’s attorney on this matter. RUSS SHULTIS MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE, THAT THE PLANNING BOARD HAVE THE APPLICANT ESTABLISH AN ESCROW ACCOUNT IN THE SUM OF $500. Discussion was had. AT THIS TIME, RUSS SHULTIS WITHDREW HIS PREVIOUS MOTION AND MADE A MOTION THAT THE PLANNING BOARD HAVE THE APPLICANT ESTABLISH AN ESCROW ACCOUNT IN THE AMOUNT OF $250. THIS MOTION WAS SECONDED BY LINDA SMYTHE AND CARRIED BY A 6-0 VOTE. Mr. Martin was advised to contact the supervisor to setup the escrow account.
LERNER - (2003-016) - 137 Martin Sweedish Road, West Esopus, NY
3 Lot Minor Subdivision
Tax SBL #71.003-5-21 & 27
Miles Putman of Shuster Associates gave his project review on this case. This application is for a minor 3 lot subdivision that will reconfigure 2 parcels of 118 acres into 5 lots; an increase of 3 lots. Surveryor Bill Eggers and Realtor Bob Gabrielli represented the applicant at this meeting. Maps were reviewed. After some discussion, it was the Planning Board’s suggestion that the applicant either merge Lots 4 & 5 together or eliminate Lot 5 and run Lots 1-4 all the way back. The applicant’s reps were advised to contact the Town’s Highway Superintendent regarding driveway cuts and show the same on the map along with a 25’ road reservation area, existing structures, well, septic, and building envelopes. It was also noted that Mrs. Lerner’s signature would be required on the application or she must submit a letter of authorization.
CAVALLARO & GIESSINGER - (2003-017) - 1663 State Route 213, Rifton,
Minor 2 Lot Subdivision
Tax SBL #63.003-1-8
Miles Putman of Shuster Associates gave his project review for this case. This proposal is for a simple division of a residential lot of close to four acres in the R-40 District to create a new dwelling site. Mr. Cavallaro & Mr. Giessinger were present at this meeting. At this time, survey maps were submitted by the applicants. A letter of feasibility from the DOT was also submitted along with an ariel photo site of the property showing that it was not in any wetlands. The applicants noted that they do not intend to develop the lot being created, but they plan on selling the existing house and holding on to the parcel being created. Tonight’s submissions will be reviewed, and this application will be placed back on next month’s agenda.
SCHROETER - (2003-18) - Suominen Lane, Rifton, NY
Lot Line Adjustment
Tax SBL #71.001-2-1.13 & 3-11.1
Todd Schroeter and Mr. Vitka were present at this meeting. Miles
Putman of Shuster Associates gave his project review. The applicant
is proposing an exchange of land between his property and that of a neighbor.
Mr. Schroeter indicated that Mr. Vitka will have the right to use his driveway.
Todd also noted that his lot will be deed restricted never to be subdivided
and a 50’ green belt will be added into both deeds to protect each other.
At this time, Chairman Shultis noted a letter dated May 18, 2003, from
Lawrence S. Friedman to the Planning Board regarding this proposal.
Todd Schroeter was given a copy for review. It was the Planning Board’s
feeling that the only proposal currently before the Planning Board was
a lot line adjustment. Discussion on the driveway slope was had.
It was noted that the total acreage figure for the Vitka parcel after parcel
B is added to it needs to be put on the map.
Presubmission - Esopus Meadows/Scenic Hudson
Mr. Jay Levine of Scenic Hudson represented Scenic Hudson at this meeting. It was noted that Scenic Hudson is proposing a privately-operated park and nature preserve, to be open to the public, on 93 acres of land adjacent ot the Hudson River and Lighthouse Park. A conditional use permit would be required. Miles Putman of Shuster Assciates gave a brief project review on this proposal. Mr. Levine noted that the 93 acres is already a park open to the public. He added that this particular project deals with approximately 1/4 acre on the southeastern corner of the property. The idea is to demolish an existing house in this area and make the site a part of the Hudson River water trail which is a program of the Greenway that establishes sites up and down the river on both sides all the way from Troy to Yonkers for paddlers to stop. At this point, this site would be only planned as a day use site; no camping. Some shoreline restoration is also being planned as part of this proposal. Chairman Shultis asked Mr. Levine if they had approached the County about facilities at the site. Jay Levine did call the Ulster County Health Dept. about the composting toilets being proposed and they sent him towards the Town’s Building Inspector who didn’t seem to have any concerns. Mr. Levine also noted that he has already met with the Town’s Waterfront Advisory Board regarding this project. Scenic Hudson was advised to submit an application for a conditional use permit.
Presubmission - Amore Industries
Mr. Marvin Lipschitz and his son, Matthew, were present at this meeting. Mr. Lipschitz explained that the reason they were in front of the Planning Board was to find out if they could go ahead and build out the last 2 buildings on the property at Riverview Condos. Chairman Shultis noted that the question was did the new owner have to come before the Planning Board for any issues. He explained that in talking with Mark Rieker, the Building Inspector, this project was originally approved in 1986, but since then there have been some changes in the building codes. Multi-story units now need sprinkler systems, which was not approved initially. Matthew Lipschitz presented a letter dated May 21, 2003, from Taconic Design Consultants, Inc. regarding the sprinklers which stated that if certain conditions are met, sprinklers would not be required. Road issues were also discussed. Mr. Lipschitzs was asked if he plans on varying from the original approved site plan. Mr. Lipschitz said no, everything will be exactly the same. The Lipschitzs were advised to approach the Building Inspector for a building permit.
Presubmission - Stromeyer
Giesla Stromeyer and Joe Jastral as well as Steve Vitka were present
for this presubmission conference. Mr. Jastral explained that he
and Ms. Stromeyer are considering purchasing the Vitka property that was
discussed earlier under the Schroeter new business application. He
added that in order to purchase the property they would have to do a minor
subdivision of it, at least 3, possibly 4 lots. Ms. Stromeyer and
Mr. Jastral were here this evening to get enough information on if this
was feasible or not and what would be required from them if they were to
purchase the property to produce 4 lots with road access which seems to
be one of the limiting features of the property. They indicated that
they were not looking to build a town road. Tax maps were reviewed.
Road frontage, driveways, curbcuts, and flag lots were discussed.
Ms. Stromeyer asked about another piece of property owned by Mr. Vitka
on Rt. 213 in Rifton which they would like to subdivide into 2 lots.
Tax maps were reviewed again. Kathy Weitze suggested that Ms. Stromeyer
and Mr. Jastral come up with an idea and then present that idea for the
Board to look at. Roxanne Pecora agreed. Discussion was had
once again about one deed describing more than one parcel. Chairman
Shultis noted that he will be posing this question to the Planning Board’s
attorney and suggested that the deed be pulled on this property and when
he gets an answer from the Planning Board’s attorney he will contact Mr.
Jastral with the same.
Presubmission - Thorpe
Mr. Thorpe explained that he would like to subdivide off 40 acres from Mr. Indelicato’s property on the corner of Old Post Road and Swartekill Lane and would then like to resubdivide this 40 acres into 2 lots. Mr. Indelicato would retain 83 acres. Maps were reviewed. Mr. Thorpe was advised to check with the Ulster County Highway Dept. on driveway cuts and the DEC regarding the pond on the property and then formally submit his proposal showing the same as well as proposed houses, wells, and septics.
Presubmission - Stefanis
Achilles Stefanis explained that he would like to put in a small use car lot, no repairs just sales, on a piece of commerical property (75’ X 200’) south on Route 9W that he is in contract to buy. He was wondering what approvals he would need to establish the same. Mr. Stefanis noted that the building inspector had no problems with the ideas he presented to him. It was determined that site plan approval would be required. Drawings and pictures were reviewed. Mr. Stefanis also noted that Mr. Viscanti from the State DOT visited the property, measured, and gave him a preliminary sketch to give him an idea of what would be required. Mr. Viscanti wanted 2 islands put in 20 1/2’ wide, 12’ deep with a 24’ entrance and 5’ left over on the side as a setback from the property line. Chairman Shultis asked how many cars Mr. Stefanis was looking at. Achilles Stefanis said 8 cars. A small office would be housed in an existing 8’ x 12’ structure on the property. Russ Shultis advised Mr. Stefanis that he would be required to have customer parking. Achilles Stefanis stated that he was unsure of the lighting, but he would probably have some security lighting and possibly a solar light on a sign which is existing. The Planning Board noted that the concept is feasible according to the Town’s code, but the next step would be for Mr. Stefanis to bring a proposal before the Board. Mr. Stefanis was advised that this was in the GC Overlay District so screening and landscaping would be issues. Chairman Shultis asked if the lot would be blacktopped. Achilles Stefanis said no, only the apron going up to the shoulder and a little bit back from the islands.
Presubmission - Butterfield
Dave Butterfield explained that he currently has a proposal before the Zoning Board of Appeals for a use variance to operate a pottery business with a residence on Route 9W in a light industrial zone. Chairman Shultis reminded the Board that this matter was touched upon last month in the ZBA referrals, but since a couple Planning Board members were absent, Russ called Steve Britton, Chairman of the ZBA, to say he would like to run the referral by the Board again to see if the Board wanted Mr. Butterfield to come before the Planning Board for a site plan. If so, this must be stipulated by the ZBA as a condition to any variance approval. Roxanne Pecora, the Town’s County Planning Board representative, stated that the Ulster County Planning Board, in their referral, stipulated to the Town’s ZBA that this proposal should be referred to the Town’s Planning Board for site plan. Chairman Shultis suggested that the Planning Board comments to last month’s ZBA referral sheet be that the Planning Board would like it stipulated in any variance approval that Mr. Butterfield will have to appear before the Planning Board for site plan approval. Maps were reviewed. The Planning Board suggested that Mr. Butterfield put in an application for site plan approval. Chairman Shultis will inform the Planning Board’s consultant, Miles Putman, of the situation.
No new ZBA referrals were received this month, however, last month’s referrals were revisited as noted above in the Butterfield Presubmission.
First Place Auto
Chairman Shultis informed the Board that he sent a letter to First Place Auto since they have basically done nothing as it pertains to the approved site plan. Russ met with the owner who informed him that they have a parking problem since their business is more than what they had expected. First Place Auto would now like to change some things because of the way the business has gone. Board members felt the Zoning Enforcement Officer should be enforcing what was approved, and First Place Auto must conform to what was initially approved before the Board entertains another plan. Then, once they are in comformance, if they feel a change is needed, they should apply for a site plan amendment.
A list of monthly correspondence received by the Planning Board was given to each Board member and reviewed.
WITH NO OTHER BUSINESS PENDING, LINDA SMYTHE MADE A MOTION, SECONDED BY KATHY WEITZE, TO CLOSE THE MEETING. ALL MEMBERS PRESENT WERE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION. MEETING ADJOURNED.
Kristy L. Nelson