Town of Homer Planning Board
Minutes for Wednesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00pm
Board Members (absent *) Others Present
Eugene Wright, Chairman Lindsay Andersen, Recording Secretary
Michael McMahon Kevin McMahon, Deputy CEO
Betsy Gray Pat Snyder, Attorney
Public Attendance: Attorney Dante Armideo
Chairman Wright opened the public hearing for an application by Gary and Linda St. John to subdivide out 2 one-half acre parcels to be combined with an existing parcel at 677 Bond Road.
Attorney Armideo stated he is representing Richard Wood and his client plans to purchase the 2 one-half acre lots that are being subdivided to combine with his existing parcel. His property abuts the St. John’s property and he would like to expand his lot size.
He stated that Richard Wood currently owns a main parcel that his home is on and also a parcel in front of the main lot. Once the subdivision of the two proposed lots is complete his client will combine the four parcels as one.
With no questions or comments the public hearing was closed.
Chairman Wright opened the meeting for discussion of an application by Gary and Linda St. John to subdivide out 2 one-half acre parcels to be combined with an existing parcel at 677 Bond Road.
Member McMahon asked the Chairman to review Part 2 of the short environmental assessment form. All questions were answered no.
Chairman Wright stated the request had been sent to the county planning department who recommended that the 2 one-half acre parcels be combined with the existing parcel if possible. The request was technically adequate and had no state or county wide impact and was returned for local determination.
Member McMahon made the motion to declare a negative declaration under SEQR and approve the subdivision contingent the 2 one-half acre parcels be combined with the main parcel. Member May seconded the motion. With all members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 5,0,0.
Member McMahon made the motion to accept the November 28, 2018 meeting minutes. Member Gray seconded the motion. With all members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 5,0,0.
Chairman Wright opened discussion for recommendations regarding poultry in residential districts. The board discussed the topic and propose the following recommendations be considered for allowing chickens in residential districts:
-an application be submitted for a special use permit including a site plan. The special permit can be revoked.
-A maximum of 8 chickens permitted per lot and lots exceeding 2.5 acres would be permitted two additional chickens per acre.
-no free-range chickens permitted and no electric fences can be used to contain chickens.
-no roosters or other fowl will be permitted.
Member McMahon made the motion to send the requirement recommendations to the Homer Town Board. Member Gray seconded the motion. With all members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 5,0,0.
Chairman Wright opened discussion for recommendations regarding wedding/event centers. The board members along with acting CEO Kevin McMahon discussed requiring the following for wedding barn/event centers in the Town of Homer:
-Any such facility must meet all requirements of the building code.
-Completion of a site plan review application.
-A floor plan with dimensions of each floor used of the building being rented.
-Door and window locations, sizes, types, swings, panic bar installs and egress details.
-Type of construction of building(s) being used; walls, roof, floor and siding.
-A site plan showing parking lot size and number of vehicles allowed.
-A fire lane shown on the site plan for emergency responders (left open at all times).
-Fire and smoke alarm locations, fire extinguisher sizes and locations.
-A current passing electrical inspection certificate by a licensed inspector.
-Restroom facilities provided and locations.
-Handicap accessible entry, exit, restroom and egress.
-Current Cortland County Health Dept. operating permit for the caterers.
-Current NYS Liquor License provided by those responsible for distributing alcohol.
-Current Liability Insurance ($1 million minimum coverage policy) Certificate on file listing the Town of Homer as “Certificate Holder”
-Septic system approval from the Cortland County Health Dept.
-5-acre minimum lot size requirement.
-traffic ingress and egress plans.
-Plans submitted by a NYS Professional
-Hours of operation and noise and lighting plans.
All board members agreed to review the recommendations as written in the minutes and continue their discussion about the wedding barn/ event center at the next meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25pm.
Lindsay M. Andersen, Recording Secretary