July 16, 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 7:07 PM, Chairman Jeffrey Boyer called the meeting to order.
Those in attendance were:
Approval of June 12, 2007 Minutes:
Since there were no comments or corrections, Jeff asked for a motion to approve the June 12. 2007 Minutes. Francis Dellamano entertained a motion, and Judy Watson seconded it. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approval of June 18, 2007 Committee Meeting Minutes:
There were no comments or corrections, so Barry Pritchard made a motion that the June 18, 2007 minutes be approved. Jim Finn seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approval of July 12, 2007 Committee Meeting Minutes:
Jeff asked if the members had a chance to go over the Minutes. Fran suggested that we wait until the next meeting, as they are new minutes, and Marge just brought them tonight. He made that into a motion, and Jim Finn seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Application #2007-06 - Craig & Margaret Cheeley - Subdivison - Public Hearing 7:10 PM:
The secretary explained that we would have to postpone the hearing, as Mr. Cheeley did not return the Distribution Sheet signed by the neighboring property owners. Fran Dellamano and Steve Greene had gone over the application, and because it was a parcel to be divided into 2 lots, and each lot would be over 5 acres, and they both have road frontage, that the application was not necessary. Jeff asked Marge to contact Mr. Cheeley, and also Wayne Newton, the CEO.
Application #2007-03 - United Development Group - Oswego College Suites - Site Plan Review:
Barry explained to the Board as well as the audience, that we have had a couple of committee meetings, including Jim Finn and himself. There is much work to be done on the SEQR. It is necessary to get documentation from United Group, and Barton & Loguidice. When a complete package is put together, it must be submitted to the County Planning Board, as well as the other State, County and Federal Agencies. The 62 days doesn't really start until the whole package is completed. This way there won't be extension letters every month. He also said that according to some of the Planning Board members, they don't want to make a decision until the Zoning Board does.
Bill questioned the 62 days on the SEQR, and making a decision. Jeff stated that Barry had just explained it a short time ago. Bill said he had talked to their attorney, and was in disagreement.
He asked when the Board is all done with the documentation that is necessary, will this create a positive declaration? Jeff Boyer stated that a determination will be made.
He stated he has been at the college for 33 years, and believes this is a plus for the college and the area. He said he would like to see it move forward.
He again brought up the concern of the traffic problems in their area. He stated the study was done when the college was not in session, and it should be done again when college is in session. He said he and a lot of residents in Ontario Heights do not want this complex in their back yard.
Aaron also spoke of the concerns with the traffic problems. He said there are children in the neighborhood, and is so afraid that some of them may be killed with all the traffic running through those streets. He said he is very much opposed to the college apartments.
Joan brought up the terrible traffic problems this complex would cause, and also mentioned that down the road, We would be paying taxes, even though it is claimed that there will not be an increase in taxes.
Mrs. Pease read from her prepared statement. She said she is all for the apartment housing. She said she is so sick of the slum lords not keeping their properties up, garbage all over, and couches on the porches. She also said the proposed complex would give a good tax base, and the Town would benefit.
Joan disagreed with Mrs. Pease, and said the taxes would go up. Mrs. Pease argued back with her, and Jeff Boyer told them if they wanted to settle differences between themselves, to go outside and discuss the matter.
Matt took exception to the college landlords being categorized as "slumlords". He said he owns apartments, and he does keep them up. Mrs. Pease yelled "Well good for you".
He again brought up the problem with traffic in the area. He said it is bad enough now, but with 700 new students, it would be worse. He begged the Board to really look into the problem, and consider the residents concerns.
Michael said he had worked at the college a good number of years, and the college has been good to the community. He said the area where they want to build the college apartments doesn't make any sense. If they wanted to build a small unit, okay; but there is a lot of property around the college where they could build. He also agreed that traffic is a problem. He said there have been car accidents in that area, where as many as 17 cars piled up on that corner.
She was also concerned about the traffic, and wants the Board to give this project deep thought and consideration before making a final decision.
Matt also gave his concerns about the traffic - with children in the area, and how cars speed through Ontario Heights.
Jeff Boyer then closed the Public Session.
Open Board Discussion:
Jeff went over the mandatory training sessions for the Planning Board which will be held in September. September 10th will be at the Pulaski Junior-Senior High School - and the subject will be Planning Board Overview, Site Plan Review and Special Use Permits.
September 11th will be at the Phoenix High School and will cover SEQRA and Enforcement of Zoning and Other Laws.
At approximately 8:15 PM, Lee Phillips made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Barry Pritchard seconded the motion. All Ayes. Motion carried.
Secretary to Planning Board