TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN PLANNING BOARD

AUGUST 8, 2017
6:00 P.M.
TOWN HALL
MEETING NOTES

PRESENT:

RICHARD GOEBEL, CHAIRMAN

ERIC VANALSTYNE, VICE CHAIRMAN

RICHARD LYNAUGH,

ERNEST NIFOROS

GARTH BRUCE

TONY AMBROSINO, ALTERNATE

SEAN M. GERAGHTY, SR. PLANNER

I. CALL MEETING TO ORDER:

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.

II. APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST REGULAR MEETING:

MOTION: To approve the minutes to the July 11, 2017

meeting.

MADE BY: Garth Bruce

SECONDED: Richard Goebel

VOTE: 6 in favor, 0 opposed

III. ROBERT SCOTT JEWEL – SUBDIVISION ALONG WEMPLE ROAD AND WATERSHED ROAD:

Background:

Robert Scott Jewel owns a piece of property at the intersection of Wemple Road and Watershed Road in the Town of Johnstown (Tax Map Parcel No. 146.-2-26). The existing property is approximately 5.6 acres in size. Mr. Jewel would like to create three (3) building lots on the property that will be 1.496+/- acres, 2.106 and 2.011+/- acres in size respectively.

Planning Department Review:

Section 63-7 of the Town of Johnstown Subdivision Regulations identifies the information an applicant is required to submit to the Planning Board for a proposed subdivision. Upon review of the proposed preliminary plat by the Fulton County Planning Department, the following issues have been raised:

1. An actual field survey of the boundary lines of the tract giving complete descriptive data by bearings and distances showing the location of that portion which is to be subdivided in relation to the entire tract and the distance to the nearest existing street intersection.

STATUS: Provided.

2. The proposed subdivision name and the name of the Town and County in which it is located must be identified along with the date, north arrow, map scale, name and address of record owner and subdivider.

STATUS: Provided.

3. All existing structures, wooded areas, streams and other significant physical features within the portion to be subdivided and within 200 feet thereof. If topographic conditions are significant, contours shall also be indicated at intervals of not more than five (5) feet.

STATUS: Provided.

4. The name of the owner(s) and all adjoining property owners as disclosed by the most recent municipal tax records.

STATUS: Provided.

5. The tax map sheet, block and lot number, if available.

STATUS: Provided.

6. All available utilities on all existing streets.

STATUS: The location of the last utility pole on Wemple Road has been shown approximately 300 feet from the first lot in the applicant’s subdivision.

DISCUSSION: Mr. Geraghty reminded Board members that utilities will need to be extended to service the three (3) new building lots.

7. The proposed pattern of lots including lot width and depth, street layout, recreation areas, systems of drainage, sewer and water supply within the subdivided area.

STATUS: Provided.

8. All existing restrictions on the use of land including easements, covenants, and zoning lines. A copy of such covenants or deed restrictions that are intended to cover all or part of the tract shall be included.

STATUS: There are no easements or covenants identified on the subdivision plat.

9. A Short Environmental Assessment Form with Part I completed by the applicant. The Planning Board may require a Full Environmental Assessment Form if circumstances are warranted.

STATUS: Provided.

State Environmental Quality Review:

Section 617.1 of 6 NYCRR states that, the basic purpose of SEQR is to incorporate the consideration of environmental factors into the existing planning, review and decision making processes of State, regional and local government agencies at the earliest possible time. To accomplish this goal, SEQR requires that all agencies determine whether the actions they directly undertake, fund or approve may have a significant effect on the environment, and if it is determined that the actions may have a significant effect, prepare or request an environmental impact statement. Under these terms, the review of a Subdivision application is subject to SEQR. Therefore, the following issues must be addressed:

1. Does the Planning Board feel that the Short Environmental Assessment Form, provided by the applicant, has been completed adequately?

DISCUSSION: The Planning Board felt that the Short Environmental Assessment Form had been completed adequately.

2. Does the Planning Board feel that any additional information should be provided as part of the SEQR process?

DISCUSSION: The Planning Board did not ask for any additional information.

3. Section 617.6 (b) of 6 NYCRR states that, when a single agency is involved, the agency will be the lead agency when it proposes to undertake, fund or approve a Type 1 or Unlisted Action that does not involve another agency. If the agency has received an application for funding or approval of the action, it must determine the significance of the action, within twenty (20) calendar days of its receipt of the application, an Environmental Assessment Form or any additional information reasonably necessary to make that determination, whichever is later. Therefore, does the Planning Board wish to issue a Determination of Significance under SEQR at this time?

MOTION: To file a negative declaration under SEQR for the proposed action since:

1. There is sufficient acreage available to create three (3) building lots from the original tract of land.

2. Public utilities are within a reasonable distance of the three (3) new building lots.

3. There will be no traffic impacts resulting from the proposed action.

MADE BY: Garth Bruce

SECONDED: Richard Lynaugh

VOTE: 6 in favor, 0 opposed

Planning Board Action:

In accordance with Section 63-10 of the Town of Johnstown Subdivision Regulations, the Planning Board shall schedule and hold a public hearing on the preliminary plat within sixty-two (62) days after the plat is determined to be complete by the Planning Board.

MOTION: To schedule a public hearing on Robert Scott Jewel’s subdivision application for his property along Wemple Road and Watershed Road for 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

MADE BY: Tony Ambrosino

SECONDED: Richard Goebel

VOTE: 6 in favor, 0 opposed

IV. EDMUND DEROSSI AND ARTHUR AND ELAINE SCHRUM – PROPERTY TRANSACTION ALONG COUNTY HIGHWAY 142A:

Background:

Mr. Derossi has given an easement to DG New York Solar to access its Solar Farm Project from County Highway 142A. Due to wet conditions on his property, DG New York Solar was forced to reposition its access driveway on County Highway 142A and passed over the lands of Arthur and Elaine Schrum. Mr. Derossi and Mr. and Mrs. Schrum have come to an agreement whereby the Schrum’s southern property line will be repositioned and additional property will be purchased from Mr. Derossi to allow the easement to pass over just Mr. Derossi’s property and to keep their property at 1 acre in size.

PLANNING BOARD DISCUSSION: After briefly reviewing the proposed transaction, Planning Board members had no questions or concerns with regards to the proposal.

PLANNING BOARD ACTION:

MOTION: Recognizing that Edmund Derossi and Arthur and Elaine Schrum’s property transaction is not subject to the Town of Johnstown’s Subdivision Regulations and can be approved as a lot line amendment.

MADE BY: Richard Lynaugh

SECONDED: Ernest Niforos

VOTE: 6 in favor, 0 opposed

V. OTHER BUSINESS:

A. Chairman’s Update:

Dick Goebel spoke briefly about the cleanup work being undertaken along Hales Mills Road Extension as part of the waterline project. He noted that the contractors have come back and seeded all of the areas that were disturbed. He pointed out that there are a few pieces of equipment that still need to be retrieved.

VI. CLOSE OF THE MEETING:

MOTION: To close the meeting at 6:10 p.m.

MADE BY: Garth Bruce

SECONDED: Eric VanAlstyne

VOTE: 6 in favor, 0 opposed