KEENE — The Keene Town Council is setting up a committee to consider ways to expand hamlet boundaries.

Three areas are zoned Hamlet by Adirondack Park Agency mapping for the town: Keene, Keene Valley and St. Hubert’s.

At the recent Town Council meeting,  Councilman Paul Martin said he would prepare a memorandum to begin the process.

Councilman Bob Biesemeyer explained zoning, APA land-use classifications and how the percentage of Hamlet areas affected Keene’s land-use planning rules in the town’s Site Plan Review Law.

Hamlet expansion is one provision also under consideration by New York Rising Community Reconstruction planning committees, started by Gov. Andrew Cuomo with funding incentives to rebuild after Tropical Storm Irene.

According to the NY Rising reconstruction plan published last fall: “A study of land availability and land-use classification is needed to determine the feasibility of shifting development and critical assets away from flood-prone areas. This may require the evaluation of options for hamlet expansion.”

Biesemeyer agreed with Martin’s start to hamlet-expansion procedures, according to minutes from the meeting.

“Martin suggested getting a committee together to work on this project,” the document said.


The Town Council also discussed other business at the Jan. 14 meeting:

Sand for residents: Town policy allowing Keene residents to use town sand for their driveways and walkways was discussed.

“The policy set was for the town to make sand available for individuals to pick up for their own use, with no loading by town personnel. The board (members) present all agreed to continue on with this policy.”

Annual Antiques Show: The council unanimously gave permission for the 22nd-annual Arts and Antiques Show to be held at Marcy Field on Aug. 23 and 24.

Town Truck: Some council discussion considered the purchase of a replacement for a Highway Department truck. But Town Highway Superintendent Gary Manley said he would rather wait and put the truck in the town budget.

“He said he was more comfortable in waiting, as long as a situation does not occur in which he is forced to replace it sooner,” the minutes said.

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