February 19, 2007
Planning Board Minutes
Oswego Town Hall
Chair: Jeffrey Boyer
Town Board Members: Judy Sabin-Watson, Francis Dellamano,
Lee Phillips, Barry Pritchard, James Finn
Attorney To The Board: Stephen Greene, Jr.
At approximately 7:15 PM, Chairman Jeffrey Boyer called the meeting to order.
Those in attendance were:
Approval of January 15, 2007 Minutes:
Judy Watson made a motion to approve the January 15, 2007 Minutes. Lee Phillips seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Jeff Smetana - United Group - College Housing on Johnson Road - Informational Only
Jeffrey Smetana of United Group was welcomed by Chairman Jeff Boyer to give his presentation. Along with the Board Members, Scott Pritchard and Greg Herrmann appeared at the meeting for the Fire Department.
Mr. Smetana explained the project, and showed drawings, including the location, the lodge, apartments - Phases 1 and 2, and floor plans. He said he is in the process of getting the Site Plan ready to present to the Planning Board. He said the property along the back and south side is owned by Mike Hagenmayer. There are 3 homes at the bottom on Johnson Road. Mr. Frank Mazzoli owns two of them, one being rental property.
Jeff Smetana explained there will be a 4 story lodge at the top of the hill. The lodge would house an equipment room, a little convenience store, a coffee shop with pizzas and subs. Phase 1 and 2 which are the apartments, will be down the hill in front of the lodge. He said there will be parking in the back for the students, and private access roads for buses.
Lee Philips asked what type of construction will be in the buildings, and Jeff said wood frame, hard pine. He also asked if there would be an outside fire escape, like metal stairs, and Jeff said no. There are several safe ways the students can get out of their apartments.
The furnished apartments will be 3 floors, being 6 apartments per floor. The apartments will house a laundry room, exercise room as well as a study room. Phase 1 will have a little over 100 apartments. They will have 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. Jeff also explained that there will be a General Manager of the complex, as well as security service and an RA. There will be a License Agreement, not a Lease Agreement.
Kevin asked if there will be free standing units, and sprinkler systems, to which Jeff stated yes. Judy asked if the facility would be for upper classmen, and Jeff said it would.
The subject of fire protection came up. Scott Pritchard and Greg Herrmann were in attendance. Scott said for the 4 story lodge building, it may be necessary to buy more equipment. They don't have equipment to reach the 4th floor. Fran asked about a sanitary sewer. Jeff said he has talked with Barton and Loguidice, who did Ontario Heights.
Jeff Smetana pointed to one of the roads on the drawing, and said it would be a pedestrian road.
Greg Herrmann pointed to a dark spot on the drawing and asked what it was. Jeff said it is a retention wall. It will face the wetlands, and there will be a grassy area. The wall will be 20 feet high. He said they would plant some ivy along there. The whole area will be beautifully landscaped, and area would have a rustic look.
Lee Phillips asked Jeff when he would like to start building, and he answered this coming summer, and the first phase would be completed in August, 2008. Lee also asked who they would hire, and Jeff said they have general contractors. Part of it will be union scale. He said he would like to get all the necessary Planning and Zoning Board Applications ready for the March meetings, along with the SEQR process, Site Plan and all other documentation needed. Kevin said as far as the SEQR process is concerned, there are several agencies that will get involved, and hopefully it will be determined that the Planning Board will be the lead agency. The neighbors will received letters to be notified.
Fran said according to Zoning Regulations, the building height is 35 feet - 2- stories, and Scott Pritchard stated the reason for that is fire protection. Fran asked if they have adequate equipment for 35 feet high, and Scott said they did
Fran also asked Jeff about sports - will they use open areas for a ball field or soccer field. Jeff said they have sports facilities across the road - Johnson Road. He also asked what is in back of the proposed project, and Jeff said it is all woods. He said there would be lighting by the woods.
Jeff was asked again about parking, and he said there are going to be 3 parking spaces per apartment. Lee Phillips asked if the house there now is going to go, and Jeff said it is.
Fran suggested that maybe the Town should hire an Engineer as far as code enforcement.
Mr. Smetana finished his presentation by stating he would submit his applications and documentation in a timely manner.
There was no one from the public present.
Open Board Discussion:
Chairman Jeff Boyer drew up a sketch of the Mandatory Training Sessions for members, with various titles - Description; High Points, Planner Hours, Attorney Hours, and a column for each board member. He asked the members to check what they felt were their first priorities. After some discussion it was decided that 4 categories were most important, namely: #3 - Site Plan Review and Special Use Permits; #4 - SEQR - Introduction to the State Environmental Quality Review; #7 - ABC's of SUPs - Special Use Permits; and #9 - Subdivision Review. Jeff said he would get together with Marge and draft a letter to be sent to David Turner, the Director of Oswego County Dept. of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
At approximately 8:45 PM, Lee Phillips made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Judy Watson seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Secretary to Planning Board