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Tim Hortons Approval Given with 17 Conditions

Glen Burn Trail Site Plans Need Additional Revisions

by Jennie Acklin

Although only two items were on the agenda for the Town of Ellicottville’s Planning Board members, the long meeting full of details stretched out for almost three hours Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.

Tim Hortons was first on the agenda. Ray Miranda, Chris Wood and the architect for the project were prepared with detailed site plan drawings, which included landscaping, parking lot details (with parking spaces, stacking space and the truck turning analysis report), lighting, snow storage, grading, architectural details and signage. A very thorough presentation was made resulting in an approved motion for the project, with 17 conditions to be met during the construction process.

At 7:45 p.m., the board listened to a presentation from Carl Calarco on the Glen Burn Trail development. Previously named Starlite Village and located at 6430-6422 Route 242 East, adjacent to StrideTool and the Ilex Inn, Glen Burn Trail has an approved master plan development on an approximate 5-acre site within the Town of Ellicottville limits.

At the June 2012 planning board meeting, conditional approval was given, as stated:

“The developer will begin construction for buildings 13, 14, and 15, with four stipulations that must be met, which include: 1.) Revised architectural drawings complete with color, trim and window details more aesthetically pleasing window placements on end units; 2.) Fifteen-foot setbacks from parent parcel boundaries;  3.) A 72-foot separation between the fronts of buildings; and 4.  Approval only applies to units 13, 14 and 15, and any future building must be presented to approval.”

During Monday’s meeting, a revised site plan was again requested, detailing the requirement for the 72-foot separation between the buildings – allowing for ample parking space, especially when snowplowing becomes an issue. Open space percentages were also discussed. It was unclear whether 40 percent or 50 percent of the entire site was to be dedicated open space and which version of the recently changed zoning law applies. Town Planner Carol Horowitz will contact the homeowner’s association attorney for clarification.

“The board still has an obligation to look at the entire project details and make sure it all works,” said Horowitz, in reference to Calarco’s comment that he and owner Chris McNally are simply modifying an approved existing plan. The discussion ended with the board asking for revised site plans that provide parking areas 24 feet deep in front of the buildings, and a homeowner’s association document draft before approval can be given for the project.

The next meeting of the Town of Ellicottville Planning Board is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24 at 6:00 pm.

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