April 9, 2018 (Draft)

PRESENT: Board Members: Scottie Adams, Beth Hall, John LaHart, Bill Young and Code Enforcement Officer, Ed LaGree. Also present Michael Martin of Cedar Eden Company and Guy Middleton, Upper Saranac Lake Manager.

ABSENT: Mike Ritchie

Land Use Map Adjustments

Michael Martin had several large monitors set up so Board members could see the Town Land Use map superimposed on the Franklin County Tax map. Looking at the enlarged map it was possible to make minor adjustments so that in almost all cases, each individual parcel was contained within a single land use classification. Michael has developed an excel spreadsheet which shows the owners name, the tax ID and the Land Use Classification for the Town of Santa Clara. In most cases the Town Land Use classification coincides with the APA classification. Michael will make the adjustments determined by the Board members and send revised maps to all Board members.

John LaHart made a motion for the Planning Board to suggest that the Town Board invite Guy to present his material to the Town Board for the Town Board’s consideration to be a sponsor for a watershed management grant. Beth Hall seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion passed.

Watershed Management Plan

Guy Middleton, Upper Saranac Lake Manager made a short presentation to summarize the information that was sent to all Planning Board members concerning funding for the development watershed management plan. Guy showed a copy of a management plan that was developed for Upper Saranac Lake back in the 1990’s and approved by the Town of Santa Clara and the Town of Harrietstown. Guy will send a copy of the management plan approved in 1999 to all Planning Board members. Everything is very preliminary, but it is possible that grants will be available through the Department of State, Waterfront Revitalization Program to develop Watershed Management plans. The funding must be administered through a municipality. The Upper Saranac Lake Foundation, which would be involved in spearheading the effort, felt that since most of the upstream watershed for Upper Saranac Lake was in the Town of Santa Clara, the Town would be the most logical municipality to apply for the grant. Although the Town must provide 25% of the funding, the Upper Saranac Lake Foundation would provide in kind services to cover that amount. There should be no cost to the Town. If a management plan is accomplished, then state and federal grants might be available to implement parts of the management plan.

Variance Application:

APPLICANT: Kevin Smith (Agent: Christopher Westbrook, Adk Compliance)

PARCEL ID: 453.2-13

LOCATION: 148 Moss Rock Road, Upper Saranac Lake

Application of Kevin Smith would require a variance for a dock extension from the shoreline from 30 ft. to 34.35 ft.; a variance for the dock area from 500 sq. ft. to 719 sq. ft. and an area variance for a boathouse from 625 sq. ft. to 1197 sq. ft. He would like to construct a dock and a boathouse. This variance would be on the applicant’s property at 148 Moss Rock Road, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, Town of Santa Clara, Franklin County, New York. Tax Map No 453.-2-13

The proposed variances are:

1. A variance for a dock extension from 30 ft. to 34.35 ft.
2. A variance for the dock area from 500 sq. ft. to 719 sq. ft.
3. A variance for the boathouse area from 625 sq. ft to 1197 sq. ft.

The area combination variances would be as follows:

1. The dock from 500 sq, ft. to 719 sq. ft.
2. The boathouse from 625 sq. ft. to 1197 sq. ft.
3. The total area from 875 sq. ft. to 1916 sq. ft.

Members of the Planning Board discussed the proposed variances. The general consensus was that the applicant appeared to have made no effort to comply with the Town of Santa Clara Land Use Code. The total area of the proposed dock and boathouse is more than twice the maximum specified in the code. It is noted that the application specifies that the property has 2507 feet of shoreline, but the Franklin County Tax Map ID/Property data lists the amount of waterfront as 1950 feet. It is also noted that a telephone pedestal for underwater phone cable is located where the proposed boathouse would be built. John LaHart made a motion that the Planning Board recommend to the Variance Board that all 3 separate variances be DENIED. Bill Young seconded the motion. John LaHart, Bill Young and Scottie Adams voted to approve the motion. Beth Hall recused herself since she lives in the neighborhood. The motion to recommend denying the variances was approved. Scottie will forward a copy of the meeting minutes to the Variance Board Chair and Secretary before the public hearing on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Bill Young moved that the minutes of the previous meeting which all have reviewed by email, be approved. Beth Hall seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Motion passed.

Bill Young moved that the meeting be adjourned. John LaHart seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting was adjourned 2:42 PM

Pam Martin, Secretary

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