TOWN OF SARATOGA

PLANNING BOARD MINUTES

 

September 27, 2017

 

Chairman Ian Murray called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

 

Planning Clerk Linda McCabe called the roll: Chairman Ian Murray present, Laurie

Griffen absent, (arrived at 7:45 p.m.), Patrick Hanehan present, Robert McConnell absent, (arrived at 7:41 p.m.), Joseph Lewandowski present, Brandon Myers present, George Olsen - absent, Alternate Christopher Koval - present.

 

Due to the absence of Board Member George Olsen, Chairman Ian Murray elevated Alternate Member Christopher Koval to full voting status.

 

Also attending: Jim Vianna, Doug Heller, Katelyn Koury, Tony Bonacio, Mary & Bruce Fassett, Sally Snowden, Beau Stoddard, Carolyn & Mike Schleicher, John Cashin, Clifford Hanehan, Magalie Massiah, Jim B. Armstrong, William Wilmot, Edith Rubinson, Thomas Yannios, Abbey McCormick, Lauren Kirkwood, Janet & Marc Limeri, Shawn McCormick, Joan Taylor and other interested persons. (Sign-in sheet is on file in the Clerk's office)

 

A motion was made by Joseph Lewandowski, seconded by Christopher Koval to accept the meeting minutes of August 23, 2017. Chairman Ian Murray aye, Laurie Griffen absent, Patrick Hanehan aye, Joseph Lewandowski aye, Robert McConnell absent, Brandon Myers abstained, George Olsen - absent, Christopher Koval - aye.

Carried 4 - 1 abstained

Approved

 

Chairman Ian Murray noted that the Witt Construction application was not before the Board at this meeting but there will be a workshop meeting set and advertised within the next two weeks. It is an open workshop meeting, anyone may come, but there will be no public participation allowed during that workshop.

 

Public Hearing for Minor Subdivision

 

Bonacio Construction #17-16 Owner: Richard P Leach; Peter T. Leach

18 Division St. #401 185 Chestnut Ridge Rd.

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Queensbury, NY

S/B/L 180.-1-8 Rural & Conservancy 10 Mitchell Pl. Apt. 4GH

Location: 149 Fitch Rd. New York, NY

 

Returning Applicant seeks a two lot subdivision to allow a building lot on the eastern side of Fitch Rd. The property is a 203.6+/- acre parcel and has 3,399.84' of frontage; one lot to be a 150+/- acre parcel and the other to be a 50+/- acre parcel.

 

Doug Heller, L.A. Group, appeared on behalf of the Applicants, along with Katelyn Koury and Tony Bonacio. Doug Heller reviewed the survey with the Board as well as the wetlands, stating the 150+/- acres on the west side has two homes and outbuildings and the 50+/- acres on the east side does have buildable space beyond the wetlands.

 

 

 

Chairman Ian Murray stated the Board reviewed this last month and he sees the correction has been made per Board request of the last meeting and is fine with this. He then asked for any Board questions or concerns; there were none.

 

Proof of Notice having been furnished by newspaper on September 17, 2017, Chairman Ian Murray opened the Public Hearing at 7:38 p.m., asking those wishing to speak to please stand and state their name and address; seeing none, Chairman Ian Murray closed the Public Hearing at 7:39 p.m.

 

Chairman Ian Murray then read the Saratoga County Planning Board findings, which stated there are no significant county wide or inter community impacts; approve.

 

Brandon Myers read the short form EAF, line by line, which was completed by the Board.

 

Chairman Ian Murray made a motion, seconded by Christopher Koval, to accept the

documents as presented, to declare the SEQR review complete and to make a Negative Declaration. Chairman Ian Murray aye, Laurie Griffen aye, Patrick Hanehan aye, Joseph Lewandowski aye, Robert McConnell aye, Brandon Myers aye, George Olsen - absent, Christopher Koval - aye. Carried 7 - 0

 

Chairman Ian Murray made a motion, seconded by Joseph Lewandowski, to approve the subdivision as proposed. Chairman Ian Murray aye, Laurie Griffen aye, Patrick Hanehan aye, Joseph Lewandowski aye, Robert McConnell aye, Brandon Myers aye, George Olsen - absent, Christopher Koval - aye. Carried 7 - 0

Approved

 

Irish Hill Century Farm #17-17 Representative: James M. Vianna, PLS

281 Burke Rd. 170 Lohnes Rd.

Stillwater, NY 12170 Stillwater, NY 12170

S/B/L 169.-1-57.1

Location: 460 Co. Rt. 68

 

Returning Applicant seeks to subdivide their 80.85+/- acre parcel. Lot 1 will be a 3+/- acre lot, centered around the existing house and barns and offered for sale; Lot 2 will remain in agriculture.

Jim Vianna, PLS, appeared on behalf of the applicant, stated he was before the Board last month and again reviewed the application with the Board. There will be no changes to the land, the subdivided house and barns will remain residential and the remainder of the lands will stay in agriculture.

 

Chairman Ian asked if there were any Board questions; there were none.

 

Proof of Notice having been furnished by newspaper on September 17, 2017, Chairman Ian Murray opened the Public Hearing at 7:50 p.m., asking those wishing to speak to please stand and state their name and address:

 

Sally Snowden, 291 Hayes Rd., questioned if they would be cutting down the agriculture fields.

 

 

Jim Vianna, PLS, responded they can, according to NYS Ag & Markets law, but no, they aren't going to do that.

 

Seeing as there were no further questions or comments, Chairman Ian Murray closed the Public Hearing at 7:52 p.m.

 

Chairman Ian Murray then read the Saratoga County Planning Board findings, which stated there are no significant county wide or inter community impacts; approve. Further comment: The existing home and barns have access to the county highway. It is expected that the newly created 77 acre agricultural parcel will continue to use these driveways to access the fields. If in the future a new drive is needed to access the back parcel, the landowner will need to contact Saratoga County DPW for a driveway permit for access to the county highway.

 

Laurie Griffen read the short form EAF, line by line, which was completed by the Board.

 

Chairman Ian Murray made a motion, seconded by Patrick Hanehan, to accept the

documents as presented, to declare the SEQR review complete and to make a Negative Declaration. Chairman Ian Murray aye, Laurie Griffen aye, Patrick Hanehan aye, Joseph Lewandowski aye, Robert McConnell aye, Brandon Myers aye, George Olsen - absent, Christopher Koval - aye. Carried 7 - 0

 

Chairman Ian Murray made a motion, seconded by Laurie Griffen to accept the subdivision as proposed. Chairman Ian Murray aye, Laurie Griffen aye, Patrick Hanehan aye, Joseph Lewandowski aye, Robert McConnell aye, Brandon Myers aye, George Olsen - absent, Christopher Koval - aye.

Carried 7 - 0

Approved

 

Information:

Sean McCormick appeared before the Board for planning and zoning information and advice.

 

Old Business:

 

New Business: Planning Workshop Meeting with Witt Construction team will take place on October 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

 

A motion was made by Patrick Hanehan, seconded by Christopher Koval, to adjourn the

meeting at 8:59 p.m. Chairman Ian Murray aye, Laurie Griffen aye, Patrick Hanehan aye, Joseph Lewandowski aye, Robert McConnell aye, Brandon Myers aye, George Olsen - absent, Christopher Koval - aye.

Carried 7 - 0

Meeting Adjourned

 

The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Linda A. McCabe

Planning Clerk