Town of Esopus Zoning Board of Appeals
      Minutes
     June 20,2006

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Chairman Don Cole. The Pledge to the Flag followed.

ROLL CALL
 
All members were present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

RICHARD WENZEL MADE A MOTION TO ACCEPT THE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. DON COLE SECONDED. All present voted in favor.

APPROVAL OF VOUCHERS

Two vouchers were submitted, one for secretarial work for 12.5 hours and one for public hearing notices in the Freeman for $34.44. KARL WICK MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE VOUCHERS. DON COLE SECONDED. All present voted in favor.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

LaBarbera, Michael  Case # 06-20-06-01

No one was present for this application. The case was tabled.

PUBLIC HEARING

Sussholz, Michael  Case # 05-16-06-01

Corinne Bridgeman was present as an adjacent neighbor to find out what this application is for. Mr. Sussholz explained that he is proposing to construct a new residence on an undersized lot that is also in violation of side yard setback requirements. The proposed house is 48' wide which would require variances of 4' on each side. He presented a letter from a local realtor which is on file explaining why the wider house would be more desirable.

Mr. Guido asked when the undersized lot was created and Mr. Sussholz advised that it was an existing lot. The lot next to it does not belong to Welcome Home Developers but they will be constructing a house on that lot also. Mr. Hare asked if a porch would be put on the house and explained that in order to comply with the regulations on lot coverage the largest that the porch could be is 75 square feet. Mr. Hare also advised the applicant to be certain that he puts the house on the lot so that he does not infringe on the front and rear setbacks. If the house is 27' deep and the lot is 100' deep, there is only a leeway of 13' and the porch and deck should be considered.

The applicant was asked to bring drawings showing the location of the house as well as any decks or porches and the proposed driveway to the next meeting. Mr. Hare stated that he would like to see when the lot was created. Since that information should be on the deed, the applicant will bring a copy to the next meeting. He will also stake out the lot to show the location of the house.

Ms. Bridgeman expressed concern about boat traffic on the corner of Everson Street. Mr. Sussholz explained that the lot on the corner is not the one in question although he will be constructing a house on that lot also.

 MR. GUIDO MADE A MOTION TO KEEP THE PUBLIC HEARING OPEN UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING. KARL WICK SECONDED.

Mr. Cole advised that since Mr. LaBarbera did not show up, his case will be presented on the informational portion of the next meeting.

DECISIONAL MEETING

No cases.

OTHER BUSINESS

Mr. Cole mentioned that a letter was received from the County regarding the Johnson case. The case was already decided and there was no denial recommended by the County.

Mr. Hare brought the Board up to date on the Zoning Advisory Committee that has been reconvened after more than a year hiatus. Roxanne Pecora and John McMichael from the Planning Board are now members. There has been a great increase in the number of applications for Building Permits and Roxanne advised that she feels a moratorium should be put on the big projects until the Committee can get their recommendations together.

It has been proposed that an ongoing Zoning Review Committee be established to decide on issues such as garages in front of residences. It has also been suggested that the Town employ a full time planning consultant to help applicants get through the process.

ADJOURN

DON COLE MADE A MOTION TO ADJOURN. RICHARD WENZEL SECONDED. All present voted in favor. Meeting adjourned 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

    Kathleen Kiernan, Secretary