November 21, 2005
Planning Board Minutes
Oswego Town Hall
Chair: Judy Sabin-Watson
Town Board Members: Francis Dellamano, Kenneth Kern,
Lee Phillips, Barry Pritchard, Jeffrey Boyer, James Finn
Attorney To The Board: Stephen Greene, Jr.
Call to Order:

At approximately 7:05 PM, Judy Watson, Chairman, called the Planning Board Meeting to order.

Attendance:

Those in attendance were:
Chair
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
Member
Attorney
Secretary
Judy Sabin-Watson
Francis Dellamano
Lee Phillips
Barry Pritchard
Jeffrey Boyer
James Finn
Kenneth Kern
Stephen Greene, Jr.
Marjorie Best
Old Business:

Approval of October 17, 2005 Minutes:

Barry Pritchard stated his name was omitted as attending the meeting, and he did attend. Lee Phillips made a motion that we approve the Minutes of October 17, 2005 as corrected. Kenn Kern seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

New Business:

Public Comment:


No one from the public was present.

Open Board Discussion:

Revision of Zoning Regulations - Building Permits:

Judy opened the Revision of the Zoning Regulations on Building Permits.

On Page 1 at the top, "Permit Required", after much discussion, Kenn Kern stated in the first sentence, the word "structure" should read "building", and instead of "altered" it should read "extended". Fran Dellamano said we should revise the regulations so they are not complicated. Leave the first sentence in, and delete the second sentence. Anywhere else in the Building Permit sections, where it refers to "structure" should be referred as "building" Judy stated as she did at the last meeting, there will be a glossary of definitions.

Judy referred to the Section, "Supplemental Regulations" as she did at the last meeting. Page 2, "Accessory Uses and Structures", under "Permitted Accessory Uses", that No. 9 was changed from "horses" to "livestock", and No. 13 from "Garden Shed" to "Shed". She also referred to Page 3, "The size of a roofed or enclosed accessory structure shall not exceed 180 square feet in area".

Back to Page 1, "Building Permits", after discussion, it was decided to delete paragraphs "Application" and "Action on Application", as the Town provides various application forms which meets the needs of the project. Fran agreed it is up to the Town to provide the forms. On Page 1, "Completion of work; Duration of Permit" - that paragraph should be left in. There was discussion on some people taking longer than one year to complete the construction of a home or other building.

As to "Use Permits" - "Permit Required", top of Page 2, instead of "No premises shall hereafter be used", it should read "No building shall hereafter be used"

As to the second paragraph - "Application: issuance or denial", should be deleted, as again the Town or Code Enforcement Officer would have the forms.

As to "Certificates of Occupancy" - "Certificate Required" - that sentence should remain. "Inspection required prior to issuance" should be deleted.

On Page 2, "Demolition Permits" - "Purpose" - that paragraph should be left in. On Page 3, "Permit Required" and "Application Procedure" should be deleted. The "Appeals" sections A & B should remain.

As to the section "Fire Prevention and Building Construction" with the title at the bottom of Page 3, and "Purpose" and "Administration and enforcement" on the top of Page 4, those two paragraphs will be left in.

As to "Inspections", Steve Greene stated we do not have a Fire Marshall, so that whole section on inspections should be deleted. On the same page, "Records" should be deleted.

The next section, starting at the bottom of Page 4, "Nonconforming Structures and Uses" - "Continuance" shall be left in. Fran quoted "Structural changes may, however, be made in a nonconforming structure or within a structure devoted to a nonconforming use, provided that the cost shall not exceed 50% of its value". On Page 5, "Changes in existing nonconforming Uses" will be stricken, but "Damage to or destruction of nonconforming Structures" should be left in this section.

The next paragraph on Page 5, "Building permit required: hearing" - Fran said we should look at the Building Code. He tried to find it, but evidently it is packed in a box to move to the new building. Judy said we should leave that paragraph in with a question mark.

After discussion, "Termination of nonconforming use" and "Exemptions" should be scratched, but B (1) and (2) should be left in.

The section "Incentive Zoning" starting on Page 6 and ending on Page 10 - this section refers to the Town of Oswego's Comprehensive Plan, which may be 30 years down the road. Fran stated this section, or at least part of it has no place for zoning. That would be subdivision regulations. Steve Greene said we should scratch the whole section.

The last section, "Land Acquisition", from Pages 10 through 13 - Fran suggested the whole section should be stricken.

Now that section is completed, Judy asked for suggestions on what section to go over at next months meeting. Jeff Boyer suggested "Signs, Awnings and Canopies", as it is shorter. All members complied with Jeff's suggestion.

Adjournment:

At approximately 9:05 PM, Lee Phillips made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Barry Pritchard seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted

Marjorie Best
Secretary to Planning Board
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