Proposed changes to the Ticonderoga zoning law are on hold. The town board has appointed a committee to review the proposed revisions after learning the town planning board is too busy to complete the task.
Proposed changes to the Ticonderoga zoning law are on hold.
The town board has appointed a committee to review the proposed revisions after learning the town planning board is too busy to complete the task.
“It was just too much for the planning board to do along with all its regular work,” Supervisor Deb Malaney explained. “The new committee will meet every two weeks until it completes its review.”
The committee was appointed at the May town board meeting.
The zoning revision project is funded by a Quality Communities grant from the New York State Department of State. That grant expired March 31, but the state has granted Ticonderoga a six-month extension to finish the zoning project — which has been in the works for three years.
The existing Ticonderoga zoning law is 30 years old, Malaney said. It has been amended 20 times. In 2009 a resident’s committee with the help of a paid consultant, Brandy Saxton of PlaceSense in Port Henry, began a complete review of the law.
“The existing zoning law is at a point where, in some areas, in contradicts itself and leaves the town open to legal challenges,” Malaney said. “A revision of the zoning law is also part of our comprehensive plan and has been requested by many businesspeople.”
Saxton pointed out the public has been invited to participate throughout the process. There was a town-wide mailing in June 2010 to notify residents about the project and opportunities to have input on the changes being drafted. There were nine public information meetings and throughout the process drafts were posted online and available for review at the town office.
Malaney and Saxton agree the proposed revised zoning plan will have little affect on most people.
“There are no radical changes in the existing zoning law,” Malaney said. “It creates a blueprint for sensible, future growth.”
Matt Fuller, town attorney, said the proposed law, if adopted, will have no impact on existing structures. They will be grandfathered under the new law.
The proposed zoning changes focus on three keys areas, according to Saxton — commercial property, downtown and lakefront properties.
A public hearing on the proposed zoning law was held in December and the town board will continue to accept written comments until it takes action to adopt the measure.
Written comments on the zoning changes can Emailed to Malaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Community Building, Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga 12883.
The proposed law is available at the town clerk’s office as well as online at www.townofticonderoga.org
Malaney expects the town board to adopt the new zoning plan once the committee completes its review.
“I am extremely optimistic that we will have an exceptional, working document,” Malaney said. “I’m confident it will be very user-friendly and be an important tool for our planning board in the future.”