Planning BOard Public Meeting Minutes 20171219

The following minutes are a summary of the Planning Board meeting of December 19, 2017. Interested parties may request an audio recording of the meeting from the Board Secretary for a fee.


Call to Order & Statement of Compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act: Mr. Joel called the meeting to order at 7:34 p.m. Following members were present: Mayor Knudsen, Joel Torielli, Richard Joel, Ms. Barto, Melanie McWilliams, and David Scheibner. Also present were Christopher Martin, Esq., Board Attorney; Planner Autumn Sylvester; Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser; and Board Secretary Michael Cafarelli. Councilman Jeff Voigt, Debbie Patire, and Brigette Bogart were not present.

Public Comments on Topics not Pending Before the Board – No one came forward.

Committee/Commission/Professional Updates for Non Agenda Topics, Correspondence – Mr. Scheibner reported on a Site Plan Exemption Committee meeting held on December 15, 2017 and two applications were heard and approved Mr. Joel said the Master Plan subcommittee received and is reviewing RFP applications. Mr. Rutishauser said the Village Manager is looking for the Board's comments on Ordinance # 3625.

Ordinance #3625, which amends Chapter 190, Land Use and Development to permit certain illuminated signs in the B-1, B-2, and C Districts – The ordinance was carried until January 2, 2018.

257 Ridgewood Avenue, LLC, Block 3703, Lot 4, 6, & 8.01, Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan – Adoption of Memorializing Resolution of Approval – To be carried to January 2, 2018 – The resolution was carried to January 2, 2018

Stacy Tsapatsaris, Minor Subdivision and C Variance, 144 North Murray Avenue, Block 2104, Lot 2 and 3.06 – Adoption of Memorializing Resolution of Approval – The resolution was approved with one correction.

Adoption of Minutes: The minutes from February 21, 2017 were adopted as written.

Calbi, Minor Subdivision and Permit for not Abutting Street, 315 East Glen Avenue, Block 2106, Lot 20. Public Hearing continued from October 3, 2017 without further notice and without prejudice to the Board – Mr. Delia provided an overview of the application, revisited Mr. Tibor's testimony, and other facts in the case. He said there were no plans to knock down the existing home and the home was not designated to be Historic by the Village. Mr. Delia said the plans were to create only two lots where four could be developed because of the lot size.

Mr. Tibor reviewed the changes to the revised plans. He said the application was changed from a major to a minor subdivision because of the variance sought. Mr. Tibor discussed the common driveway, emergency vehicle access, exhibits, tree removal and replacement, and exhibits A8 to A11. He acknowledged 'the hidden neighborhood', an email from the Fire Department, the driveway entrance, and turn radius for fire trucks.

Planning Board members questions if the property could have been improved without a subdivision, if the concrete black wall had a retaining function, proposed home is larger than who owns the easement, the property could have been improved without a subdivision, does the zonings ordinances prevent the building of a Mc Mansion, why roadway has not been improved, is there a requirement that the homeowner improve the driveway, will there be any safety markings, and is a cull de sac better than a dead-end.

Open to Public Comments

Autumn Sylvester asked if the easement was a private driveway or a street, the garbage collection schedule, and the proposed pavers on right side of driveway near East Glen Avenue.

Mr. Rutishauser presented his report and said the subdivided lot would incur a sanitary sewage fee, the sewer connections to the main in East Glen must be in accordance with Village standards, the sanitary sewer trench and pipe bedding detail be revised to show the diameter of the main to the proposed new home. He recommended that detectable warning tape be used in all utility trenches.

Public Cross Examination

Denise Lima, 319 East Glen Avenue, asked for more detail about the buildable area, maximum square feet of proposed home, safety and expansion of roadway, fire truck has access to rear area without widening of roadway, and where stop sign would be located.

Gillian Foley, 37 Sterling Place, asked how many trees would be removed on the open lot and driveway, where will replacement tress be located.

Mary Lou Posten, 418 Sterling Place, asked if a camper could be parked on the road and if residents park on the road.

Autumn Sylvester asked about the driveway, front yard, garbage collection, proposed pavers.

The application was carried to February 6, 2018 without notice and without prejudice to the Board.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:55 p.m.
Michael Cafarelli
      Board Secretary

Date: December 4, 2018

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