October 11, 2016

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 by Scottie Adams at 2:00 PM on October 11, 2016.

The first order of business was to approve the meeting minutes from 9/29/16 that were informally approved via email. Bill Young moved that the minutes from 7/26/16 be approved. The motion was seconded by John LaHart. All were in favor. The motion was approved unanimously.

The next order of business was to discuss and make written comments to the Variance Board on the project described below, before the public hearing on October 18, 2016, 7 PM.

PRESENT: Thomas B. and Nicole C. McGowan


LOCATION:: 180 Beaverwood Rd, Upper Saranac Lake

The Variance Application of Thomas B McGowan seeks the following area variance:

1. A variance for the replacement of an existing single family residence and a guest house with a new single building single family dwelling which would need a structure setback from the water from 75 ft. to 35 ft. 2 in., a variance of 39 ft.10 in. The closest point of the existing structure is the corner of the existing deck stair at 30 ft. 5 in.

The dimensions of the new dwelling are reported as 106 ft. long by 34 ft. wide by 28ft-3/4in. high. The footprint of the new structure is reported to be 3203.9 sq. ft. by the CEO by looking at drawings for the dwelling. Using the survey map, it was calculated that the structures to be removed have a total footprint of approximately 3400 sq. ft. Both the structures to be removed and the structure to be built are 2 stories. It is noted that the property has significant elevation changes preventing moving the structures further from the shoreline. The CEO reports that a new septic system will be installed and presumably a new well since the new proposed structure appears to be located over the area of the well listed on the survey map. It is noted that the justification for the variance has been left blank.

Since the proposed new building will be further from the shoreline than the current dwelling, cannot be moved further back due to the topography of the lot, will not be substantially larger than the 2 buildings it is replacing and will have a new septic system installed, it is the general consensus of the Planning Board members that they see no significant reason why this variance should not be granted.

Beth Hall moved that the Planning board notify the Variance Board that there is no objection to granting this variance. Mike Ritchie seconded the motions. All were in favor, the motion passed unanimously.

Scottie Adams will send a copy of the Planning Board meeting minutes to the Variance Board.

No date will be set for the next meeting since there are no urgent issues pending and the Planning Board has met 4 times in the last 6 weeks.

Beth Hall moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Bill Young. All Board members were in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 PM.

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