May 19, 2008
Planning Board Minutes
Oswego Town Hall
Chair: Jeffrey Boyer
Town Board Members: Francis Dellamano,
Lee Phillips, Barry Pritchard, Judy Sabin-Watson
Attorney To The Board: Stephen Greene, Jr.
The meeting of the Oswego Town Planning Board was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Jeffrey Boyer, at which time he introduced the new board secretary, Joyce Molinari.
Those in attendance were:
There were two additions to the minutes concerning the subdivision of land on Bunker Hill Road by Gary Royce and Tim Reylea.
1. Jeff Boyer stated that there were no proposed roads.
2. Stephen Greene stated that a perk test was needed.
Judy Watson made a motion to accept the April 21, 2008, minutes, with the corrections. Barry Pritchard seconded. All ayes. Motion carried.
The United Development Group, continuing the review of the Supplemental Material for the SEQR, a site plan review for a proposed facility on Johnson Road, was represented by Jeffrey Smetana. Jeff Boyer reported that the Subcommittee, Barry and he, met with United Group, Stephen Greene, Kevin Caraccioli, and Barton and Loguidice on May 8th. There were three items remaining, which Barton and Loguidice recognized were deficient for input to the SEQR at that time. The three areas that were discussed at that meeting were: threatened and endangered species, traffic report, and storm water management.
Jeffrey Smetana presented a revised site plan, which has been simplified, with less disturbance to the area, consolidation of the storm water management location, which reduces erosion and decreases the overall amount of disturbance. In order to accomplish this, the changes to the site plan included bringing buildings closer together, consolidating parking areas, limiting the storm water ponds to two, making a smaller retaining wall, and changing the road to a boulevard type in order to conform to the fire department’s request for two separate lanes in an out of the site. Also, a lighted pedestrian path has been added leading to a bus stop shelter on Mollison Street.
Next, he spoke of the traffic issue. The United Development Group brought in the traffic consultant firm, Creighton Manning Engineering, to analyze data and observe how and when the parking lots fill up, and how parking passes could help alleviate problems in certain areas.
The third item he addressed was the wildlife issue. The United Development Group had some very good consultants come in to do some fieldwork and analysis. Their conclusion was that the area did not represent any potential habitat problems.
Discussion and Questions:
Jeff Boyer noted that what he got from the study was that traffic was more evenly spread out throughout the day, rather than peaked in the morning and afternoon. Also, he mentioned that the filling of the prime lots would encourage alternate modes of transportation to the campus, such as using the bus, rather than driving to the locations.
Francis Dellamano asked how many feet it was from the most distant building to the bus stop. Mr. Smetana answered that it was about 1000 – 1200 feet.
Lee Phillips asked about the type of pavement the walkway to the bus stop would have. Mr. Smetana answered that it would be some kind of hard surface – asphalt, 5-6 feet wide and lighted all along the way.
Francis Dellamano questioned the reason for the double lanes in and out of the site. Greg Herrmann explained that it was necessary for fire safety reasons, getting fire trucks in and out – each lane 12 feet wide.
Judy Sabin-Watson asked if this entrance was comparable to the main entrance to the college, which is divided, with a green space between. It was noted that the college entrance has two lanes on each side.
Jeff Boyer shared a letter from Barton and Loguidice in which they state that they feel the materials and information provided by United represent sufficient information and data for the Planning Board to complete a comprehensive and complete analysis of the potential impacts and be in a position to issue a determination of significance.
Jeff mentioned that there is still an issue with sewage that needs to be addressed, but proposed that, based upon review of the material, that the Planning Board is in a position to move the information forward to the County for their review. The issue with the sewage is that the City, right now, has a moratorium on accepting any waste other than from single family units entering the west side treatment plant. He further noted that Oswego Town is working through the issue, but the Planning Board can make a decision, contingent upon a final disposition on how we are going to handle the waste.
Francis Dellamano made the motion that the application appears complete, however, before making a decision on the site plan, we should refer it to the County under General Municipal Law Section 239, for their review and comment, to come back to the Planning Board within 30 days so the Board can vote. It was seconded by Lee Phillips. The roll was called. All ayes. Motion passed.
Kevin Caraccioli asked the representatives from Barton and Loguidice if there is a completed Part Two. They stated that they have a draft of one that was completed in December 2007, which could be updated if we so wanted, as there is more information now than was available at that time. Kevin went on to advise that it would be important to have that updated information included in the packet, which would be submitted to the County and, under Section 239 NN, the City of Oswego should also be notified of this project as it is within 500 feet of the municipal boundary.
Discussion continued on whether packets should also be sent to DEC, DOT, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, etc.
Jeff Boyer summarized that all that is needed is an updated Part Three and the 239 Submittal Package can be transmitted to Oswego County and the City of Oswego. He also handed out the information on the Endangered Species, Storm Water Management Response, and the Traffic Impact Evaluation so that Board Members can review them over the next month for discussion at the June meeting.
Sam Zappala stated that he is the owner of the Oswego Growers and Shippers property, which is an R4, with a special permit. It has been out of operation since last March and he wants to turn it into commercial warehousing, so he wants to go through the process of having it evaluated and approved. The activity would remain the same: commercial trucks going in and out, general business hours of operation, to be used for storing commercial furniture, nothing hazardous.
The consensus of the group was that the first step would be to bring information, drawings, survey, map, pictures showing measurements, etc.
Open Board Discussion:
Next meeting is set for June 16, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Lee Phillips made the motion to adjourn. Judy Sabin-Watson seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion passed at 8:15 p.m.
Secretary to the Planning Board