Meeting of the Santa Clara Planning Board held on July 09, 2020.

PRESENT: Board Members: Scottie Adams, John LaHart, Mike Ritchie, and Code Enforcement Officer, Ed Lagree and Upper Saranac Lake Manager, Guy Middleton

ABSENT: Bill Young, Beth Hall

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Scottie Adams at 10:05 AM

This meeting will review a site plan application and work on the sort-term rental

Site Plan Review Application:
APPLICANT: John Muraco
PARCEL ID: not provided
LOCATION: 120 Hoel Pond Rd, Church Pond

This application was received with no Parcel ID, no deed to the property and no site plan showing the location of the dock. The plans for the dock were included. The dock is L- shaped with a 16 ft. x 4 ft. leg projecting from the shoreline with a right angle piece of dock 8 ft. by 8 ft. The dock length is 16 ft., the total square area is 128 sq. ft. The dock itself meets legal size requirements but without the location of the dock on the shoreline, the tax ID number and the deed, it is no possible to determine if other criteria are met.

John LaHart moved that the application be tabled until further required information is received. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. All were in favor. The chair will notify the applicant of the Board's decision.

Short Term Rentals (STRs)

Scottie reported that she had emailed the special counsel for land use matters, Mike Hill and he has replied that he will be free to review our material in a few weeks. Lake Placid/Town of North Elba short-term rental website is on line and functional. This should provide a good example of how the system works.

John LaHart met with Art Devlin who is on the Lake Placid Town Board and Deputy Mayor and obtained contact information for the planning office so we can contact tem with questions about their experience with Host Compliance.

The third draft of the short-term rental regulations was gone over. There is still debate over the definition of a short-term rental - whether is should be any rental less than 30 days or should it be 45 days or even 60 days. Another opinion is that rentals should be a minimum of 30 days. Perhaps there are deed restrictions against short-term rental in some areas. Scottie will check her deed and send a copy to everyone. The restrictions in that deed will probably apply to much of the land in the Saranac Inn area. It was decided to leave the definition of a short-term rental at 45 days for now until further research can be done. Tied to the definition of a short-term rental is the number of days per year, rentals should be allowed. It was decided to leave the maximum number of rental days at 120 days for now. Under Procedure upon filing application, Short-term rental permits issued pursuant to this section shall state the following: (e). all renters must comply with and be provided with a copy of the Town of Santa Clara ordinances on dog control and fireworks. The remaining items were of a legal nature and we will await input from our counsel.

The Forms that would be used were discussed. The only major changes from Lake Placid forms were the types of rentals. It is still to be decided if we need to have different categories of rentals depending on whether the owner is present and how many days of the year, they are rented. Lake Placid hosts many events and some residents only rent their homes for these events which would result in rentals less than 14 days out of the year. This is probably not the case in Santa Clara. It was decided to leave the requirement that the owner must have a notice from insurance company stating that the property is used for short-term rentals. This is to protect the town from any liability. It was suggested that we require proof that taxes have been paid. A deed is required to be sure there are no deed restrictions that need to be considered.

The next meeting will be a zoom type meeting scheduled with a representative from Host Compliance. Scottie will make the arrangements and notify all.


John LaHart moved that the meeting be adjourned. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. All were in favor of the motion. Meeting was adjourned 11:20 AM.


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