Meeting of the Santa Clara Variance Board held on June 29, 2021

MEMBERS PRESENT: Nancy La Bombard, Chairperson Judy Meagher Cindy Watson

ABSENT: Pat Flath and Todd Hall

OTHERS PRESENT: Jeffrey Beamish, Contractor Todd David, Code Enforcement Officer Guy Middleton, Upper Saranac Foundation

The Variance Board of the Town of Santa Clara, County of Franklin, State of New York held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at 7:00 PM at the Santa Clara Town Hall, Route 30, Saranac Inn, New York, to hear comments on the following application:

Application of Mary Knotts would require an area variance to allow for new boathouse and dock structures which would have a combined square footage that exceeds that allowed in the Santa Clara town use code.

The proposed variance is:

Approval to replace 2 existing shoreline structures, a dock and a 2-slip boathouse with new structures while maintaining the current locations and setbacks from the property lines. The area of the new individual structures is within the allowed limits however the total area combination exceeds the maximum allowed of 875 sq ft under the Santa Clara Town Land Use Code Section 7.35. The proposed boathouse including the covered dock area and uncovered dock area is 873 sq ft. The proposed additional dock is 332 sq ft. The total area is 1205 sq ft.


The Variance Committee Members having taken into consideration the benefit to the applicant, as weighed against the detriment to the health, safety and welfare of the neighborhood or community and having considered the five factors, has decided to DENY the variance. The decision does not preclude on our part any APA or other authoritative approval. It is the responsibility of the applicants or owners to contact other state, county and/or local agencies to secure any necessary permits.

Robin Sullivan, Secretary

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