TICONDEROGA-Proposed changes to the Ticonderoga zoning law will be presented during a public hearing Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Ticonderoga Community Building auditorium.
"The hearing will include a presentation on the work of the town zoning revision committee and its efforts to make Ticonderoga's zoning law more comprehensive, clear and precise," said Brandy Saxton of PlaceSense, a Port Henry planning firm that has assisted with the project.
"The committee has incorporated public comment from previous meetings into the law, particularly with regard to the shoreline areas," Saxton said. "The law largely limits opportunities for new or significantly expanded commercial activities within the proposed shoreline residential district."
Ticonderoga's zoning revision committee has been working to revise the existing zoning ordinance the past year. A series of five community forums were held from July to November to give the public an opportunity to comment on the details of Ticonderoga's zoning revisions. Written comments were also accepted.
"The committee sought to develop a map that is more compatible with the Adirondack Park Agency land use classifications than the town's current zoning while leaving open the future possibility of negotiating improvements to the APA map," Saxton said. "Many more pieces of property would be in a single zoning district under the town zoning map, than under the currently adopted map as the proposed district boundaries largely follow property lines."
The proposed law includes site plan and architectural design standards for new construction and modification of building facades in the downtown business district, as well as for large commercial buildings. The site plan standards also include proposed requirements for landscaping, outdoor lighting, signs and parking.
Following the public hearing the proposed zoning law will go to the town board for action.
The proposed local law is available on-line at the town website, www.townofticonderoga.org, using the Zoning and Planning Board link. Copies are available for public review at the town clerk's office in the Ticonderoga Community Building and at the Black Watch Memorial Library.
People can also contact Saxton for information at 546-7470.
The zoning revision project is funded by a Quality Communities grant from the New York State Department of State.
Zoning has been an issue in Ticonderoga this year. The town board voted in January to extend a moratorium on ground floor residential apartments in the business district.
The action was taken after Bill Gibbs asked for permission to place an apartment in a building he owns on Montcalm Street. The town board rejected that request, noting a desire to retain the character of the business district.
The Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership and the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance both urged the town board to prevent ground floor residences in the business district.