Local planning and zoning actions


Adam Walters, an attorney at Phillips Lytle, and Tim Rapp represented AT&T at the May 7 planning board meeting to request site plan approval for several improvements and additions to the company’s telecommunications tower at 4885 Route 9.

AT&T would be adding three antennae to the 76.5 foot-high wooden pole, as well as other equipment such as RRUs (Remote Radio Units) and six cabinets. The zoning administrator found that the application was missing information and the planning board engineering consultant Liz Axelson requested that the applicant submit an area map with contours as part of the package. The board agreed to refer the application to county planning and the Staatsburg Fire Department. A public hearing was set for June 4.

Alterations at 60 Old Post Rd get hearing
At their May 7 meeting, the planning board approved a determination of non-significance as part of the SEQR review for a lot line alteration application by Michael and Kathryn Whitman of 60 Old Post Road and Dolores Healey of 13 Mulford Avenue. The Whitmans are purchasing .118 of an acre from Healey in order to change their driveway configuration for a new garage. The board determined that the new plans would have no environmental impact on the lot line and unanimously voted on the determination. A public hearing was set for the May 21 meeting.

State Farm sign permits OK’d on Route 9
Nancy Forrest of Gloede Signs requested two sign permit recommendations for State Farm Insurance-Levi Wallace at 4371 Albany Post Road. One sign is free-standing and the other is an awning. The board said Zoning Administrator Kathleen Moss was concerned about the awning sign being a different shade of red from the maroon used elsewhere in the area, but Forrest said that was because corporate colors are being used. The board unanimously passed both permit recommendations.

Church sign approved for Violet Ave
Forrest also presented a request for a sign permit recommendation for a sign for St. James Antiochian Orthodox Church, located at 441 Violet Avenue. The board expressed concern that the sign would be a safety hazard if located too close to the sidewalk, so Forrest agreed to a 6-foot setback. Then, the sign permit recommendation was unanimously approved.

TEG sign variance wins recommendation to ZBA
The board also agreed to issue a letter of recommendation for a variance request by Forrest for a sign for the TEG Federal Credit Union at 4282 Albany Post Road. If granted, the area variance would allow 14 inches for letters and 19 inches for symbols, where the maximum height is 10 inches for both. The board appeared to agree that the letter size should be reduced to the code requirement, but Forrest said her client would not want to reduce the size and would be concerned about negative space if the letter size was reduced. In the end, the board agreed to draft the letter of recommendation to be sent to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which will decide on the variance.


Pool-house apartment on Oak Grove Road OK’d
The Clinton Planning Board held a public hearing May 6 for Marybeth Meyer’s site plan and special use permit application on her 10-acre lot at 35 Oak Grove Road. Meyer, represented by her husband, Chris Meyer, applied for an accessory apartment above an existing pool house. The hearing was opened and closed with no public comments. After reviewing the short form SEQR and approving a negative declaration of environmental impact, the board granted approval of Meyer’s application conditional on the building inspector’s verification that current pool violations have been resolved, including one gate requiring alteration and ensuring that all door buzzers are operational.

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