Sometimes it’s about the process. The Monday, Aug. 27 meeting of the Johnsburg Planning Board didn’t result in any earth-shattering decisions but in tackling the routine business or the evening, the board declared through its actions that the process is working.
The Tracy family purchased the former ice cream hut on the north end of the hamlet and has used it as a private residence. It has no kitchen and is smaller than it needs to be for a rental unit and therefore state and local codes prevent the family from renting it to a tenant. So after agreeing to install a kitchenette and getting a waiver from the state regarding the size, the Tracys appeared before the Planning Board for the necessary approval to allow them to let the building.
After some cordial explanations, the board asked the Tracys to reappear next month with a map that shows where the kitchenette will be located in the building and where the building is located on the property, as well as the location of the septic and leach field. They’d also like to see the paperwork from the state that waives the minimum size requirement. Doing so should allow for a completed application and could lead to the approval the family seeks.
Gear Source owner Jeff Palka wants to diversify his ski/cycle/camping equipment store — a five-year-old business now located on Ordway Lane — by adding an espresso bar. He’s gotten Department of Health approval and came before the board Monday seeking its approval.
The espresso bar will feature a couple of tables inside and four chairs outside and will offer espresso and other beverages.
Planning Board Chair Dottie Osterhout asked if she could get hot chocolate. She’s not much of a coffee or espresso person, she said. Palka told her she could get hot chocolate.
“So it’s more of a beverage bar,” Osterhout observed.
Again, drawings or a lack thereof will require Palka to return to the Planning Board in September before he can file a completed application and hopefully gain approval.
Mark Bergman appeared representing the Gore Village homeowners association. It seems that a couple of decades ago when Gore Village was being established, the developer ran into financial issues and the property owners bought him out. In an inadvertent move, the leach field for the village was assigned to a bank instead of the property owners group. Bergman appeared before the Planning Board in an effort to remedy that situation and transfer the leach field from the bank to the property owners. A public hearing is required, and Planning Board members agreed to schedule one to occur during its September meeting.
And so it went for about 90 minutes Monday night. Nothing earth-shattering. Just a Planning Board and its volunteer members working through the process, assuring that the system works. The Johnsburg Planning Board meets again on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the lower meeting room at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek.