July 29, 2010

Planning Board moves zoning to Town Board's responsibility

I'll have more on tonight's Planning Board meeting, but the main action happened in the first five minutes. The Planning Board voted to send the draft zoning to the Town Board, with recommendations that a master plan for Varna be undertaken, that a joint group of Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Conservation Board members go through the draft again, and that more public input be solicited.

I'm not entirely surprised - as Town Supervisor Mary Ann Sumner put it, they're in the fourth year of a project they thought would take three years. However, I certainly hope that the Town Board process will take a hard look at the entire zoning draft and make it more palatable. It's not nearly there yet.

The Town Board has to have at least one more public hearing, and it sounded like they'll be having more sessions, maybe some focused on specific subjects. We'll see how it all goes.

Update: I've posted audio of the meeting (12MB QuickTime).

Posted by simon at July 29, 2010 8:08 PM in
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