August 8, 2019

PRESENT: Board Members: Scottie Adams, John LaHart, Bill Young, Mike Ritchie, Beth Hall and Code Enforcement Officer, Ed Lagree.

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM

The first order of business was to approve the minutes of the previous meeting which all received by email. Bill Young moved to approve the minutes. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. All were in favor. The minutes from the Planning Board meeting on 7-15-19 are approved.

The main topic on the agenda for this meeting was to review the second letter plus 5 sketches received from Ron Otten voicing his objection to boathouses being included in the 15% shoreline restriction in Proposed amendment #5. In the last Planning Board meeting, it was the UNANIMOUS opinion of the Planning Board that the 15% restriction SHOULD include boathouses. They do NOT agree that boathouses enhance shoreline beauty. The Planning Board members feel that it their duty to preserve as much of the natural shoreline as possible for all to enjoy.

The Planning Board members discussed Mr. Otten’s latest missive. The Planning Board members do not question Mr. Otten’s calculations or sketches and appreciate his interest, but feel his calculations do not address the intent of the amendment. It appears that only Upper Saranac Lake and it’s property owners are being taken into consideration. The Planning Board has to consider how the Land Use code affects all bodies of water in the town of Santa Clara, including Hoel, Church, Green, Gordon and Floodwood Ponds. The goal of the Planning Board is protect the environment and the shoreline and reserve the character of the area. The Planning Board would like to prevent our area from looking like Lake George.

The specifications of how a landowner chooses to build a boathouse is up the them. If there is an overriding issue, then there is a provision for that issue called the Variance Board or the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Code Enforcement Officer has been part of the amendment process from the very beginning and fully supports the Planning Board decisions.

John LaHart moved that the Planning Board Chair report to the Town Supervisor that the Planning Board supports and approves the 10 Proposed amendments to the Town of Santa Clara Land Use Code as they are written in the document provided by our Special Counsel, Mike Hill on August 1, 2019. The motion was seconded by Mike Ritchie. Approval of the motion was unanimous.

The chair will report the Planning Board decision to the Town Board and attend the public hearing to reinforce their decisions on the Land Use Code amendments.

The Chair will prepare the minutes of the meeting for distribution to Board members before they are posted on the Town of Santa Clara Web site.

John LaHart moved that the meeting be adjourned. Bill Young seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting was adjourned 9:25 AM.


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