September 29, 2016

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

RECUSED: Beth Hall

Public: Guy Middleton, Upper Saranac Lake Foundation Lake Manager, Michelle Brown-Garcia, Carol Jackman

Minutes Prepared By: Scottie Adams

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Scottie Adams at 2:00 PM on September 29, 2016.

Planning Board Chair, Scottie Adams handed out revised minutes from the 9-15-16 Planning Board meeting to all Board members and the CEO. The changes from the minutes that were emailed to Board members for their provisional approval were highlighted in yellow to facilitate the review process. John LaHart moved that the minutes from 09/01/16 be approved. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. All were in favor. The motion was approved unanimously.

Planning Board Chair, Scottie Adams handed out a copy of a memorandum received from the Friends of Eagle Island (FEI) verifying that wake surfing was not a historical use and would not be permitted.

Michelle Brown-Garcia asked if any of the recommendations were from anyone living in the Gilpin Bay area. It was verified that there was 1 recommendation from a Gilpin Bay resident and 3 writing with concerns. Guy Middleton asked if the opinions of the nearest neighbors carried more weight than those outside the immediate area. No one had a definite opinion on whether this is appropriate.

The next topic was the revised amendment to the Land Use Code. Scottie Adams reported that the amendment had been further revised since the last meeting, with input from the CEO, Ed Lagree and the Town special Counsel, Mike Hill. The only change is an addition to the end of 8.15 A that will now read "….then the Town Board, upon written request from the owner of the property, shall be authorized to allow the resumption of the non-conforming use or uses on the property, after the request is reviewed by the Planning Board." The reason for the addition of the clause requiring review by the Planning Board is to assure that any resumption of a non-conforming use is thoroughly examined with maximum public involvement. Bill Young moved that revised amendment to Article VIII which includes a provision for review by the Planning Board to Section A, should there be another occurrence in which a property designated as a National Historic Landmark requests to resume former uses, should be approved. Mike Ritchie seconded the motion. Each member of the Board was polled individually and each voted yes to the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

The next order of business was the draft memorandum from the Planning Board to the Town Board concerning the FEI petition. Scottie Adams submitted the draft memo to the Planning Board members. To summarize, the memo outlined the procedure that was followed during the review over the course of three separate meetings. It incudes all the documentation from those meetings, including memos from FEI defining former uses and answering concerns, Planning Board meeting minutes, letters of recommendation and concern, and the final draft of the revision to Article VIII of the Land Use Code. All the attachments were reviewed and some minor changes to the wording were made. John LaHart suggested that all documents be numbered in such a way that the number of pages in each document is known; e.g., 1 of 4 or 1 of 1. Documents will be page numbered where possible. All documents are identified by a number (1-14) for ease of identification.

Mike Richie moved that the revised memo from the Planning Board to the Town Board be approved. Bill Young seconded the motion. All members were in favor. The motion was approved unanimously.

Chair, Scottie Adams will prepare the minutes form this meeting and submit to Planning Board members for their approval. The memorandum and all documentation will be submitted to the Town Supervisor before the next Town Board meeting on October 13, 2016.

The Town Board should set a date for a public hearing at the October 13th meeting.

The next meeting was tentatively set for October 13, 2016 at 2 PM to review a variance request.

John LaHart asked about the necessity of having a board member recused for this matter. It was explained that it is better to err on the side of caution in the case that litigation is ever involved.

John LaHart moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mike Richie. All Board members were in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 2:28 PM.

Chair, Scottie Adams thanked all the Board members for their dedication during the past month and for allowing the review to be conducted in a timely manner.


Addendum: The next meeting was changed to 2 PM, October 11, 2016 to accommodate Beth Hall.

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