TOWN OF SARATOGA
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MINUTES
July 25, 2005
Chairman Stephen Bodnar called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Chairman Stephen Bodnar led the flag salute and explained the Rules of the Board.
Clerk Catherine Cicero called the roll: Chairman Stephen Bodnar present, Thomas Carringi present, Barbara Faraone present, Clifford Hanehan present, Joyce Waldinger present, David Hall present, James Burke present, and alternate Robert McConnell present.
Also present: Zoning Officer Robert Hathaway, Michael Sekerich, and Mr. and Mrs. William Hoffer.
Approval of Minutes: All board members present had read the minutes of the June 27, 2005 meeting. A motion was made by Thomas Carringi and seconded by David Hall to accept the minutes of the June 27, 2005 meeting as written. Chairman Stephen Bodnar aye , David Hall aye, Clifford Hanehan aye, Barbara Faraone aye, Thomas Carringi aye, James Burke aye, and Joyce Waldinger aye. Carried 7 0
Chairman Stephen Bodnar thanked Clifford Hanehan and the rest of the Board for doing a terrific job while he was absent from the meeting last month.
Order of Business:
109 DeGarmo Rd.
Schuylerville, NY 12871
S/B/L 156-2-16 & 19 Rural Residential
Returning Applicant is seeking an area variance of 80 for road frontage and 30 for side setbacks on property fronting Rt. 29 in Grangerville. This item was pulled from the agenda at the request of the Applicant. TABLED
Rt 9P Box 1226
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
S/B/L 193.18-14-05 Lake Residential
Returning Applicant has removed an existing trailer from the property and is seeking an area variance of 25 to meet front setback requirements to build a single family home. Mr. Skerich reported that he had filed a copy of his deed and a sketch of the property pursuant to a request from the Board at the May ZBA meeting. He restated his intention
to develop the adjacent lot, which is separated from his residence by a paper road owned by the state. The road was originally an access road to Rt 9P; however, the neighbors have excavated their site so the road dead-ends at the edge of Mr. Sekerichs property. The lot at issue has no road frontage on Rt 9P. Mr. Sekerich proposes to grant a 20 right-of-way across his property next to his driveway to give the back property access to Rt 9P. The proposed three bedroom, one family home will be stick-built construction with an attached garage.
Chairman Stephen Bodnar noted that the County Planning Board had made a determination that the proposal would have no significant county-wide or inter-community impact; therefore, a determination on this matter would be left strictly to the ZBA.
Town Zoning Officer Robert Hathaway commented that the Applicant had a right to replace the existing trailer with a home even though there is no road frontage on Rt 9P.
There followed a lengthy discussion on the size of the proposed house; however, Mr. Sekerich did not have a site plan with him, so it was impossible to calculate the lot coverage of the new building, which could change the size of the requested variance.
Barbara Faraone made a motion, seconded by Thomas Carringi, to postpone a decision until further information, including a site plan, is available. Chairman Stephen Bodnar aye , David Hall aye, Clifford Hanehan aye, Barbara Faraone aye, Thomas Carringi aye, James Burke aye, and Joyce Waldinger aye. Carried 7 0
1204 Rt 9P
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
S/B/L 193.18-1-40.2 Lake Residential
Applicant has removed a 21x27 camp from the property and would like to replace it with a 28x45house. He needs a front variance of 12, two side variances of 12 and a combined side variance of 12. The proposed building will cover less than 21% of the parcel; however, the permitted lot coverage is 20%.
William Hoffer addressed the Board, stating that the property at issue fronts onto a 12, state-owned, gravel service road. There are several other houses along the gravel road that use it for access to Rt 9P and park along it as well. The property has no direct road frontage on Rt 9P. Although Mr. Hoffer does own property that has Rt 9P frontage, it is on a separate deed.
It is his intention to center a house on the lot so that it does not infringe on his neighbors as much as the camp had. The Board noted that this would be an improvement over the previous situation where the camp was located very close to the edge of the property. Mr. Hoffer stated that the house would be a one-story, single family dwelling, with the attached garage going in at the ground floor. Mr. Hoffer stated his willingness to build a smaller house so that a lot coverage variance would not be necessary.
Barbara Faraone had visited the site, and had seen other houses built by the Applicant. She noted that the sites were nice, neat, clean.
Proof of notice having been furnished on July 17, 2005, Chairman Stephen Bodnar opened the Public Hearing. There were no interested parties; the Public Hearing was closed.
Barbara Faraone made a motion, seconded by Thomas Carringi, to approve the 3 variances for side and front setbacks with the provision that Mr. Hoffer would build no closer than 12 to any side property line. Chairman Stephen Bodnar aye , David Hall aye, Clifford Hanehan aye, Barbara Faraone aye, Thomas Carringi aye, James Burke aye, and Joyce Waldinger aye. Carried 7 0
Mr. Hoffer asked if there was a time limit on the granting of the variances. Chairman Stephen Bodnar stated that the variances were good forever, but a building permit was only valid for one year.
Old Business: None
New Business: None
The next regular meeting will be August 22, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Chairman Stephen Bodnar made a motion to adjourn at 8:58 pm. The motion was seconded by David Hall. Chairman Stephen Bodnar aye , David Hall aye, Clifford Hanehan aye, Barbara Faraone aye, Thomas Carringi aye, James Burke aye, and Joyce Waldinger aye. Carried 7 0
Catherine E. Cicero