MINUTES

Townof Johnstown Zoning Board of Appeals

2753State Hwy 29, Johnstown, NY  12095

03/01/2018@ 6:00 PM

               PRESENT:            Denis Wilson, Chairman                               ABSENT:              Margaret Graves

                                             JoeCirillo, Vice Chairman                                                                         ConnieMacFarland

                                             RandySiver

                                             ToddUnislawski

                                             RyanFagan

 

I.                Callmeeting to order at 6:00 pm by Chairman Denis Wilson                    

II.              ApproveFebruary Minutes

Motion made by:  JoeCirillo                  Seconded by:  Denis Wilson        In Favor:  All (Randy Siver - Abstain)

              

III.             Area Variance – Sharon Brooks, 401 CountyHwy 107, Johnstown, NY  12095 (SBL#163.-1-49)

Would like to buildfront deck 8’ X 20’.  Town Law requires50’ setback from road.  House is 40’ fromroad, and deck extends 8’ from front of house. Requests 18’ setback area variance.

Public Hearing opened at 6:01 pm

Public comments in favor: Sharon Brooks spoke in favor. Jack Wilson spoke in favor.

Public comments opposed: No opposition

Public Hearing closed at 6:02 pm

 

Zoning Board Action: Zoning board discussed, asked Todd Unislawski for his input, said he hasno concerns. 

Motion to approve the variance made by:  Joe Cirillo            Seconded by: Randy Siver        In favor: All

 

IV.            (REVISED)Other Business:

Area Variance – Borrego Solar(Elmwood Progressive LLC), Elmwood Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078

(SBL #135.-1-65.1)  Due tounexpected variations in existing ground surface, additional variation in rackheight is needed to complete construction of our solar energy facility locatedon Elmwood Avenue in the Town of Johnstown. Relief from the maximum structure height of 8’ in the solar ordinance to11’ is needed.  No impact to adjacentneighbors, as the project is significantly buffered by mature vegetation.

Dean Smith, Representative for Borrego Solar, explained thatthe need for the variance is due to the uneven surface of the topography.  Joe Cirillo stated that under fulldisclosure, his cousin owns this property, but does not affect hisdecision. 

 

Motion to schedule Public Hearing for Thursday, April 5,2018 at 6:00 pm.

Made by:  Randy Siver             Seconded by:  Joe Cirillo                               Infavor:  All

 

Area Variance – Borrego Solar (Robert Smullen), 200 W State StreetExt., Gloversville, NY  12078

(SBL #134.-1-7)  Due tounexpected variations in existing ground surface, additional variation in rackheight is needed to complete construction of our solar energy facility locatedon West State Street in the Town of Johnstown. Relief from the maximum structure height of 8’ in the solar ordinance to10’-6” is needed.

Dean Smith, Representative for Borrego Solar, explained thatthe need for the variance is due to the topography.  Dean will bring exhibits to betterdemonstrate the need for the variance, to the Public hearing.

 

Motion to schedule Public Hearing for Thursday, April 5,2018 at 6:00 pm.

Made by:  Randy Siver             Seconded by:  Joe Cirillo                               Infavor:  All


                                                                                             

Randy asked where the energy is going.  Dean explained they are distributed energyprojects, the energy is metered, and it is all paper from there.

 

V.              Motionto close meeting at 6:20 pm made by: Joe Cirillo        Secondedby:  Randy Siver            In favor:  All