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October 4, 2013

Horse, travel trailers issues in Champlain

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Jeff Sterling said “it’s just not right” that he would have to get a permit to stay in his own trailer on his own property for even just one night and have to move it after 120 days. He said most modern travel trailers are self-equipped for water and sewer, so he doesn’t understand the need for those connections.

John Southwick has a travel trailer on land he owns on Point au Fer Road. It is connected to water and a septic system.

He asked what it would take to have it classified as a camp or mobile home, such as removing the wheels or putting it on a foundation. He was told it would be classified as a single-wide manufactured home if it was longer than 40 feet.

Codes Enforcement Office Michael Tetreault said that would require compliance with building codes, such as a need for a foundation.

Favreau said enforcement actions would generally be generated by complaints, after which Tetreault would investigate.

NEXT STEP

The draft amended zoning code was put together by a temporary Zoning Amendment Advisory Committee appointed for the purpose in June 2012 by the Town Council. Eleven meetings, all open to the public, were held to gather input.

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

At Tuesday’s meeting, Barcomb said the public comments were recorded and will be reviewed by the Zoning Amendment Advisory Committee. There will have to be another public hearing if significant changes are made to the draft amendment.

Otherwise, it will be up for a vote by the Town Council at a future meeting.

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

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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