Meeting of the Santa Clara Planning Board held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

PRESENT: Scottie Adams, John LaHart, Mike Ritchie, Beth Hall and Bill Young. Guy Middleton, Upper Saranac Lake Manager and Robby Byno were in the audience.

ABSENT: Code Enforcement Officer (CEO), Ed Lagree

The meeting was called to order at 2:00 PM

The first order of business was to approve the minutes of the previous meeting which all received by email. Beth Hall move to approve the minutes. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. All were in favor. The minutes from the Planning Board meeting on 09-02-19 are approved.

Mr. Byno said he had a quick question and had been referred to the Planning Board by the CEO, Ed Lagree. His question concerned mooring of boats and/or jet skis in the water attached to a post in the water. It was the opinion of the Board and also the Lake Manager, that any floating object in the water, not attached to land, such as a dock or a deck are under the jurisdiction of the DEC and a permit must be obtained from the DEC to allow such a use.

Guy Middleton, Upper Saranac Lake Manager made a presentation to the Planning Board about the Upper Saranac Lake Watershed Management Initiative. It has been 21 years since the last plan was in place. The Upper Saranac Lake Foundation was awarded a DEC grant to develop a new lake management plan for the Upper Saranac Lake. The Foundation has contracted with Paul Smith’s College (PSC) Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) to assist in developing the plan. An Advisory Committee is being formed and they are looking for someone to represent the Town of Santa Clara on the committee. There would be no more than 3-4 in person meetings between now and March 2021. The town Supervisor asked if a member of the Planning Board would be a member of the Advisory Committee.

Guy provided the Planning Board with copies of the Upper Saranac Lake State of the Lake Report from the spring of 2019.

Scottie Adams volunteered to be member of the Advisory Committee representing the Town of Santa Clara.

Site Plan Application:

PRESENT: James and Cynthia Watson

PARCEL ID: 442.2-1-5

LOCATION: 112 Floodwood Rd, Gordon Pond

The applicants request a variance from the sideline setback from 25 ft. to 4 ft. for the construction of a 14 ft. x 30 ft. deck with landings and stairs: 14 ft. x 18 ft. will be an enclosed screen porch: 12 ft. x 14 ft. will be open deck. The new deck will be 24 ft. from the ground. The new deck will replace an existing deck that is shown as 12 ft. x 28 ft. and has 2 sets of stairs at either end of the deck. The existing house is 6.6 ft. from the sideline at the closest point and 14.6 ft. at the furthest point. The existing deck and the house are both within the sideline setback requirements. It is stated that the new porch will have no impact to he neighbor’s use of the property or their view

The request was discussed and it was agreed that based on the information and drawings provided there did not seem to be any reason that the existing deck could not be extended in the opposite direction of the sideline and then be partially enclosed. The two sets of old steps could be removed and the new landing and steps could be added to the far end of the current deck without needing a variance.

John LaHart moved that the Planning Board report the above opinion to the Variance Board and request that the Variance Board take this objection under advisement when making a decision. Beth Hall seconded the motion. All were in favor. Motion passed.

Other topics

Scottie Adams reported that, as advised by the Town Counsel, she had called and emailed Michael Martin and told him that the final update Land Use Code Map was due by this meeting on October 29, 2019. In a face-to-face encounter with Mr. Martin, he stated that he would work on the project on Wednesday, October 30 and the project would be finished and delivered by October 31, 2019. As soon as the final revision is received the updated map and accompanying spreadsheet will be checked by the Planning Board and then presented to the Town Board for their approval.

The recent disclosure that the golf course property was for sale was discussed, since the real estate agent suggests that building lots are a possibility. The golf course is designated as GR, General Recreation and there are no building lots allowed on GR in the Land Use Code. The motel and the clubhouse area are designated R-C 3.2. There is an area between State Rte. 30 and Saranac Inn Rd that should be checked to be sure what the land use designation is for that part of the golf course property.

It was agreed that the short-term rental issue should be addressed in the future. Once the Town of North Elba and Lake Placid finalize their regulations, the TSC Planning Board could use them as a template to start considerations.

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. The Variance Board will receive a copy of the Planning Board minutes.


Mike Ritchie moved that the meeting be adjourned. Beth Hall seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting was adjourned 2:53 PM.


Return to the top or click on following link to view Past Town Board Meetings

Town Of Santa Clara
5359 State Route 30  ·  Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Phone: 518-354-8477  ·  Email:
© Town Of Santa Clara  ·  Website Design: Rainbow Graphics
You are the counter visitor. Thank You for stopping by.