TOWN OF ESOPUS ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
Minutes of the October 20, 2009 Meeting

Chairman, Don Cole, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL
Present:  Vic Barranca, Rob Hare, Linda Smythe, Karl Wick, and Chairman, Don Cole.
Excused:  Joe Guido and Kathy Kiernan

MINUTES
Vic made a motion to approve the July 21, 2009 minutes as written.  Rob seconded.  All in favor.

VOUCHERS
Vic made a motion to approve the voucher for secretarial work.  Linda seconded.  All in favor.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

        1. Joseph Ippolitto

1196 Old Post Road                           Area Variance

Joseph & Maureen Ippolitto were present.  Chairman Cole asked the applicant to give an overview of his application.

Mr. Ippolitto explained that he wants to build a 2-car, 20x24 garage with a loft area for storage above.  It would be 200 feet from the road and 20 feet in front of his house, as opposed to in line with the house.   He needs a variance to build the garage in that location.  Otherwise, he can build it along side of his house.

Rob asked if Mr. Ippolitto wanted to build it along side of his house and he answered that he always wanted to put a garage in the exact location that his application shows, but he didn’t realize he needed a variance.  He explained that if he put it next to the house, he would have to cut down quite a few trees and he loves the trees.

Don stated that he thought it was a good idea not to cut down the trees and that the property be left intact.  He asked if Board members agreed.

Rob said that in his opinion, once a structure is a certain distance from the road, he doesn’t care how far in front of the house it is.  He doesn’t think this garage location is an issue.

Karl pointed out that the correct section of Town of Esopus Code from which a variance is requested should be 123.21 C (5) (d), not (5) (a) as stated in the referral from Building Dept.

Rob mentioned that he thought some of the criteria in this section were nonsense. 

Don stated that some of these points might be a problem on a smaller lot, but with the property in question, he doesn’t see a problem.

Next meeting will be November 17, 2009, which will be a Public Hearing on this variance.   Don asked Mr. Ippolitto if it would be acceptable if the Board members visited his property before the public hearing.  Mr. Ippolitto answered, “Yes”.

There was discussion on streams and wetlands on the property not related to this application.

Chairman Cole made a motion to close meeting, Linda seconded.  All in favor.  Meeting adjourned 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Boris
Zoning Board Secretary