April 4, 2019

PRESENT: Board Members: Scottie Adams, John LaHart, Beth Hall, Mike Ritchie and Code Enforcement Officer, Ed Lagree. Also present were George Mahoney, site plan review application owner, and the surveyor, Dean Franklin, who submitted the application.

ABSENT: Bill Young.

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Scottie Adams at 10:32 AM.

Beth Hall moved to accept the previous meeting minutes. John LaHart seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting minutes from 02-07-2019 approved.

Proposed Land Use Code amendments

Scottie Adams advised the Board that the proposed Land Use amendments which the Planning Board has been working on for the last two years were unanimously approved by the Town board at the April 3, 2019 Town Board meeting. The Town Board was very appreciative of the Planning boards efforts to keep the Land Use Code up to date. The amendments will be submitted to the NY Secretary of State for approval and then the amendments will become law. The Current code will be updated and posted on the Town of Santa Clara web site.

Site Plan Application:

APPLICANT: Dean Franklin, L.S. for owner George Mahoney
PARCEL ID: 442.2-9-6.10
LOCATION: 84 Saranac Inn, Upper Saranac Lake

The application is a three (3) lot subdivision request by George Mahoney, the executor for the Joan Mahoney estate. The property is a 4.28 acre parcel located on Upper Saranac Lake and was part of the site of the former Saranac Inn hotel which burned down June 17, 1978. The application is complete with deeds, maps and payment included.

The lot to be subdivided is in a R-1-1.3 designated area. The three (3) lots shown on the map are Proposed Lot #1, a 1.3 Acre lot, Proposed Lot #2, a 1.7 acre lot which contains a single dwelling and ~ 291 ft. of waterfront and Proposed Lot #3, a 1.28 acre lot.

Since the minimum lot size that can be created in Land Use are R-1-1.3 is 1.3 acres, lot #3 would be nonconforming. Although the applicants explained the rationale for the lot lines, the law is specific. The applicants agreed that some adjustments could be made to comply with the Local Land Use Code. Shared driveways were discussed. Although not forbidden, shared driveways are not recommended. APA Jurisdictional Determination J2019-0131 was received by the CEO and distributed to the Board members. Copies of the APA determination were also provided by the applicant. The project does not require a permit from the APA, although the usual waterfront restrictions apply. The applicant informed the Board that the APA requested that the "to be conveyed to the adjoining land owner see land hook" be eliminated since there is no property being conveyed, it is only a suggested proposal for the future.

The applicants will make the required changes on the site map. A full size map will be mailed to the Code Enforcement Officer, Ed Lagree and a pdf of the revised map will be emailed to the Chair, Scottie dams who will disperse it to the other Board members. After the revised map is received, a meeting will be scheduled for final review of the project.

John LaHart moved that the meeting be adjourned. Beth Hall seconded the motion. All were in favor of the motion. Meeting was adjourned 11:05 AM.


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