June 21, 2018

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

ABSENT: Beth Hall

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Scottie Adams at 11:00 AM.

The main topics for the meeting were a site plan application and a variance request.

Site Plan Application:

Variance Application:

APPLICANT: Peter and Hilary Ross
PARCEL ID: 442.2.26
LOCATION: State Route 30, Lot 81 Green Pond

The applicants request to build a dock measuring 4 ft. x 16 ft. AND a 5 ft. x 20 ft. rack for storage of canoes.

Section 7.35 A of the Town of Santa Clara Land Use Code specifies: "Total surface area of any dock shall not exceed 500 sq. ft.... and "For any waterfront lot, the dimension of any wharf, dock or pier along the shoreline ...shall not exceed 15% of the length of the shoreline of the lot..." The proposed dock is 64 sq. ft. and the dimension along the 90 ft. shoreline would be 4 ft. Therefore, the proposed dock meets the Land Use Code restrictions for dock size.

This parcel of land is classified as R-1-1.3. Section 7.35 E of the Town of Santa Clara Land Use Code specifies: "No other construction shall be permitted within the setback distance prescribed above except as provided in this code." Section 4.11 describes Secondary uses in the R-1-1.3 as "(1) Home Occupation, (2) Boathouses (subject to provisions of Section 7.35), (3) Tennis Courts with customary fencing, (4) Docks, steps and walkways." 4.10 C states, "Any use which is not listed as a primary use or secondary use in a given district shall be considered a prohibited use."

Section 5.10 GENERAL LOT REGULATIONS specify for R-1-1.3: Minimum Shoreline and Wetland Setbacks is 75 ft.

Additionally, although it is difficult to tell from the drawing provided, it appears that a 20 ft. wide canoe rack would exceed the 15% limit on shoreline docks and/or boathouses.

It is noted that the correct property parcel ID is 442.2-2-26.200

Since there are no structures allowed within 75 ft. of the shoreline other than boathouses, docks, steps and walkways, a canoe rack is not permissible under the Town of Santa Cara Land Use Code. A variance would need to be granted to allow the construction of the canoe rack.

John LaHart moved that the Planning Board approve only the construction of the dock and recommend to the applicants that they apply for a variance if they wish to build a canoe rack. Bill Young seconded the motion. All Board members voted in favor of the motion. The applicant is approved to build the dock, but must be granted a variance in order to build the canoe rack.

Scottie will notify the Ross family of the Planning Board decision.

Variance Application:

PARCEL ID: 453.2-15
LOCATION: 136 Moss Rock Road, Upper Saranac Lake

Application of Beth Hall would require a variance from the sideline. The distance change requested would be from 5 feet to 1 foot for the construction of a fence. The proposed variances is:

1. A variance from the sideline from5 ft. to 1 foot for the construction of a fence. Members of the Planning Board discussed the proposed variance. The applicant provided a detailed description of the problems of privacy and property line confusion, the origin of the issues and the unsuccessful attempts to correct the situation. Based on this information and subsequent discussion, John LaHart moved that the Planning Board report to the Variance Board that the Planning board has no objections to the variance providing the fence meets the road and shoreline setbacks. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. All members present voted to approve the motion. Scottie will forward a copy of the meeting minutes to the Variance Board Chair and Secretary before the pubic hearing on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Other topics

The Code Enforcement Officer advised that he was getting some information about short-term rentals and what other towns are doing about this issue. He will advise the Board when he receives more information.

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


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