October 17, 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 7:02, Judy Watson, Chairman called the Planning Board Meeting to order.


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

Zoning Revisions:
Judy Watson asked if the members read over the zoning revisions, and made corrections or questions regarding them.

Fran Dellamano had a question under General Revisions. He said we must distinguish between R-1 and R-2. According to the Comprehensive Plan, there are four R zones - 1, 2, 3 and 4. But as to the zoning revisions, we have to designate which changes would be under R-1 and R-2, so we know what we are talking about. One is very rural, and the other is more residential. There are different rules between the two, and different living conditions.

Fran suggested we go over the Article - Supplemental Regulations - Page 1. He stated we need a definition for dumping. Judy explained when the Ordinance is all put together, there will be an Appendix or Glossary in which all definitions will be listed. Fran asked as to dumping - what about manure? We must consider the health and welfare of the people.

At the bottom of Page 1 - Water Supply and Sewage Disposal. After some discussion of a well on a single lot, the Planning Board may approve the use of a well if it determines that the land cannot be served by public water, and the lot complies with the rules of the County Health Department. The part of the sentence "determines that the land cannot be served by public water" should be stricken. Jim Finn stated that wells are inspected, just as sewers and septic systems are. Barry Pritchard said under B - Sewage - "septic tanks" should read "septic systems". In the same paragraph, in the middle, the following sentence should be stricken - "At such time that a public sewer system becomes available to such lot, connection to the public system shall be made".

Fran discussed rivers and streams being polluted with garbage, manure, and then it is chlorinated, that we drink the water. He said wells and septic systems are good, as they are inspected by the Department of Health. Judy said we are looking 30 years down the road with the Comprehensive Plan.

The next item - Accessory Uses and Structures - A. Permitted Accessory Uses - There are 13 uses listed. After some discussion, Judy said No. 9 should read "livestock", not "horses", and No. 13, should read "shed", not "garden shed". Page 3, No 6 -The side and rear setbacks for accessory structures shall be those required for dwellings in the applicable zoning district, except for garden sheds - it should read "except for sheds". Judy said there may be a problems with the setbacks. "except for sheds which can be constructed not closer than four feet from the rear and side property lines, if constructed at the rear of the resident lot". Lee Phillips asked if a shed was considered a moveable building with no foundation.

On Page 3, Sale of Produce in residential districts - It was determined after discussion, that the whole section should be stricken.

Page 4 - Keeping of Horses - should remain as it is. This paragraph does relate to horses, not other livestock. Lee Phillips stated if someone wanted to start a horse farm in a residential district, he quoted part of paragraph A. "to prohibit the keeping of horses in such a manner or in such locations as to be offensive to occupants of adjoining property or persons residing in the vicinity." He referred to an incident on the Sabin Road, where someone moved to the area and wanted the neighbor to stop raising horses. Judy referred to the regulations - Minimum lot area - 1 to 3 horses on 2 acres; 4 to 6 horses on 3 to 5 acres; 6 to 9 horses on 5 to 8 acres; and 10 or more horses on 9 acres. Fran said we should be more specific as to the acreage where horses are kept, perhaps relate to pasture.

Under Fencing (b), Steve Greene said the last two lines should read "create any condition or odor which would be reasonably objectionable to persons occupying adjoining property.

Judy referred to the next section to be questioned -Parking of House Trailers - C(2). Judy wanted to eliminate "except that no more than one such house trailer shall be permitted to be parked on any one lot or parcel of land where the owner of the house trailer is owner or less of the", and also eliminate No. (3). After much discussion as to the definitions of house trailers, modular homes, motor homes, and recreation vehicles, it was decided to leave No. (2) and (3) as is - not eliminating any of the wording. There was also discussion of parking tractor trailers, and Fran again mentioned the difference between R-1 and R-2 zones. After much discussion, Judy mentioned the section states parking of the homes, or whatever, not living in them.

The next section discussed was Swimming Pools. Judy said when she was at the meeting with Brian, all discussion was about swimming pools and not hot tubs. There are also pools you can buy now that can be inflated. Also discussed were the fences around the pools being 4 feet high. Fran and Steve went over the Building Code Manual, but various sections referred to other sections, so they did not take the time to go into detail. Judy said we will get into the code more before a final draft of the revisions is made.

Judy brought up the sections Supplemental Setback Restrictions - B - End that paragraph with "the boundary lines of premises: and strike the rest of the paragraph.

As to the section, Private Roads and Common Driveways - Steve said that would be under Subdivision Rules. He suggested striking that whole section.

Judy told the Board that more sections would be coming, and to be sure to mark them with questions or comments for the next meeting. Jeff Boyer suggested we chose a section tonight, so we will have time to go over it before the next meeting. The Board decided on the section for Building Permits.

At approximately 9:15 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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