TICONDEROGA - Residents and business owners will have an opportunity to learn more about and comment on zoning changes being considered in Ticonderoga.
The Ticonderoga Zoning Committee will host a series of five community open house meetings to answer questions, provide information and discuss details of the zoning revisions.
Open houses have been scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month beginning in July and running through November. They will be held in the Community Building 4-7 p.m.
The open house format means that there will be no formal program and people are invited to drop in any time during the session at their convenience.
Each month will be focused on a particular area of town:
On July 13 lakeshore will be discussed; Aug. 10 will focus on downtown and the Four Corners area; Sept. 14 will discuss the Hague Road and south Ticonderoga; Oct. 12 will feature Streetroad and farm lands; and Nov. 9 will look at Chilson and uplands.
Committee members and the town's planning consultant will be on hand to listen to concerns and answer questions. Copies of maps and draft sections of the revised law will be available at each open house.
While each event will be focused on a specific part of town, those who cannot attend a particular session are welcome to come to any of the scheduled open houses that best fit their schedule.
"The zoning committee has been working since last fall on the revision process with the goal of having a complete draft to recommend to the town council by the end of the year," said Brandy Saxton, Ti planning consultant. "The driving force behind the committee's work has been to make Ticonderoga's zoning law more comprehensive, clear and precise, and to ensure that the law implements the town's 2006 comprehensive plan.
"The committee is also working to develop a new zoning map for Ticonderoga that is generally compatible with the Adirondack Park Agency land-use classifications while leaving open the future possibility of negotiating improvements to the APA map as recommended in the 2006 plan," Saxton said. "Many more pieces of property would be in a single zoning district, under the draft town zoning map, than under the currently adopted map as the proposed district boundaries largely follow property lines."
The current proposal also includes design guidelines for new or substantially remodeled buildings downtown, as well as large commercial buildings elsewhere in town.
"A new set of sign regulations is being considered, as well as standards related to a variety of issues such as parking, outdoor lighting, landscaping and so on," Saxton said. "The revised law will include specific requirements for certain land uses like marinas, lodging facilities, home-businesses, gas stations and more.
"In past years, Ticonderoga has made incremental changes to its zoning law in response to specific issues or problems that arose," Saxton said. "This project involves re-examining that law in its entirety and considering how it can become a more effective tool for implementing the town's goals for its future."
For more information, follow the zoning and planning board link on the town website, http://www.townofticonderoga.org, or contact Saxton at 546-7470.