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October 1, 2013

Town proposes zoning changes

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John Kanoza, director of the Health Department’s Environmental Health and Safety Division, said the best option, from the department’s perspective, would be to have each trailer connected to an individual septic system. 

The next best option would be to use portable disposal units to drain on-board storage tanks and take the waste to a site set up for wastewater disposal, he said.

Electrical connections must be inspected by a qualified electrician. 

As many as two trailers can be stored outdoors on a property that includes an inhabited residential structure, according to the draft law, but nowhere else. No travel trailer can be parked for a rental purpose.

OTHER CHANGES

The revised zoning map reduces the number of zoning districts from 24 to 13. Allen said that was done because some of the distinctions between districts were very minor.

In addition, the process for obtaining a special-use permit has changed. 

Previously, the Zoning Board of Appeals handled that from the outset. Now, the Planning Board will examine that when plans are submitted and make a recommendation to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The entire amended zoning law was rewritten to make it easier to read and understand, Allen said. 

The process started when the Town Council appointed a temporary Zoning Amendment Advisory Committee in June 2012. Eleven meetings, all open to the public, were held to gather input for the draft amended law.

The draft has been found acceptable by the zoning and planning boards that serve the town, as well as the Clinton County Planning Board.

The Town Council has scheduled a public hearing on the draft amended zoning law and zoning map for 7 tonight at the Champlain Town Office Complex, 729 Route 9. 

The draft is available on the town’s website, www.townofchamplain-ny.com. 

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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