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Regular Meeting – September 26, 2018

 Town of Homer Zoning Board of Appeals

Minutes for Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 2018 at 6:00pm

Board Members  (absent *)                                       Others Present

Gary Lawrence, Chairman                              Lindsay Andersen, Recording Secretary

Jon Miller                                                        John Daniels, CEO

Gary Sweeney                                                 Pat Snyder, Attorney

Joseph Gilbert*

Zachary Young

Daniel Gustafson

Gerald Neuman

Public Attendance:  Barbara Dean

Public Hearing

Chairman Lawrence opened the public hearing for an application by George and Eileen Griffith for an area variance to construct a pole barn within the side setbacks of the Lakeside zoning district at 1695 Little York Crossing Road.

The applicant stated that he would like to construct a pole barn that would be approximately 6-8 feet from their neighbor’s property. The adjoining property owner submitted a letter to the board stating that he has no objection to the pole barn being 6-8 feet from his property line.

Chairman Lawrence stated that the setback requirement is 10 feet.

The applicant also stated that the neighbor will not lose any lake views after the building is constructed. The applicant provided the board members with photographs of the proposed site for the pole barn.

CEO Daniels asked the applicants if the building will be one or two stories. The applicant stated the building will only be one story but will have a loft for storage.

Chairman Lawrence read the letter received from the Cortland County Planning Department which stated the request was technically adequate and has no state or county wide impact and therefore was being returned for local determination. 

With no further questions or comments from the public the public hearing was closed.

Chairman Lawrence opened the public hearing for an application by Michael Park for an area variance to create a lot 1.5 acres in size at 5164 McDonald Road.

Jon Miller stated he is Michael Park’s son in law and would be explaining the project to the board on Mike’s behalf. Jon stated that he and his wife would like to subdivide a 1.5-acre parcel from the existing 29-acre parcel which is basically already a preexisting lot as it has its own services such as well, septic and electric. He stated the lot size is already pre-conformed but it does not meet the minimum lot size requirement.

Chairman Lawrence read the letter received from the Cortland County Planning Department which stated as long as the applicant receives a waiver from the Cortland County Health Department the board feels the request is technically adequate and has no state or county wide impact and therefore was being returned for local determination. 

Barbara Dean stated that she resides on McDonald Road and was just present to understand the proposal.

With no further questions or comments from the public, the public hearing was closed.

Regular Meeting

Chairman Lawrence opened the regular meeting.

Member Neuman made the motion to approve the August 22, 2018 meeting minutes. Member Young seconded the motion. With all members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 6,0,0.

Chairman Lawrence opened discussion for the application by George and Eileen Griffith for an area variance to construct a pole barn within the side setbacks of the Lakeside zoning district at 1695 Little York Crossing Road.

Member Gustafson made the motion to approve the area variance. Member Miller seconded the motion. With all members in favor saying “aye”, none opposed and none abstained. The motion was carried unanimous 6,0,0.

Chairman Lawrence opened discussion for the application by Michael Park for an area variance to create a lot 1.5 acres in size at 5164 McDonald Road.

Member Young made the motion to approve the area variance contingent the applicant obtain the waiver from the County Health Department as recommended by the County Planning Department. Member Neuman seconded the motion. With members in favor saying “aye”, Member Miller abstained and none opposed. The motion was carried 5,1,0.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45pm.

Lindsay M. Andersen, Recording Secretary