Public hearing set on CIA site plan extension

Town of Hyde Park Planning Board

The Culinary Institute of America has requested a second 100-day extension for site plan review of a new hotel and conference center proposed for its property at 1946 Campus Drive. The public hearing on the extension is set for the board’s Jan. 15 meeting in Town Hall at 7pm.

Deli approval granted
Site plan approval was granted Dec. 18 for the Four Seasons Deli at 1 Bircher Avenue after the town planning board waived a requirement for a 6-foot curb width at the request of the state Department of Transportation. DOT requested a curb width of 4 feet in order not to constrain parking on the site. The owner also provided proof of occupancy.

Lot line alteration approved for Phillips Drive
A proposed lot line alteration at 5, 7, and 9 Phillips Drive, owned by Andrew and Krista Dahowski and Joan and Lloyd Quick, was approved by the planning board Dec. 18, by a vote of 5-0 with two members absent. The approval followed continuation of a public hearing, at which no one spoke. The applicants agreed to include a note on the plans that forbids any tree cutting between April 1 and Sept. 30 because of a colony of Indiana bats near the property.

Clinton Planning Board

New deck, bath house approved at Omega Institute
The Omega Institute, of 150 Lake Drive, received planning board approval Jan. 7 to add a deck to a dormitory and demolish an existing bath house in order to build a new one. The planners voted to waive the public hearing requirement for the projects, noting they were upgrades to the existing site plan and were in compliance with zoning law. The deck will be 12 ft. by 24 ft. with a 12- foot elevation, added to the front of an existing dormitory. Representatives told the planning board Jan. 7 that the current bath house, located 40 feet from Lake Drive, needs a total renovation so Omega wants to demolish it and build a new one 183 feet from Lake Drive instead. Omega had been on the planning board’s agenda since October.

Public hearing held on Stissing Drive subdivision
Nancy Packes of 29-37 Stissing Drive has applied to subdivide her 26.1 acre property into two lots, a 10.02 acre lot and a 16.08 acre lot, which will share one driveway. But in order to conform to local zoning, each lot needs a separate driveway and the county Department of Public Works must review and approve the location of the second one. Packes is pursuing the subdivision in order to renovate an accessory building into a primary residence on one of the lots since she already has the maximum number of residences allowed. County records show three residences currently on the property. At the public hearing Jan. 7, one neighbor on Slate Quarry Road asked whether the second driveway would ever be used and Packes’s representative, John Andrews, said it would not be. Another neighbor was concerned about the possibility of additional structures being built on the properties in the future. The planning board responded that only one other accessory structure on the larger parcel would be permitted, but that none were planned at this time. The public hearing was closed and the board may act once DPW rules on the driveway.

Special permit renewal for 137 Hollow Road delayed
Maria-Claire Gladstone, of 137 Hollow Road, asked planners for an extension on a special permit that she believed would run out after 12 months. Gladstone plans to build a one-bedroom guest house using an existing accessory structure. But, upon review, the board found that the special permit had never been officially approved because the application lacked the square footage of the primary residence. Once that is provided, a 12-month special permit will be granted since nothing about the project has changed.

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