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Yurts Approval Held Over

By Jennie Acklin

Ellicottville Yurts and Recreation was the first topic of discussion at the Monday evening Town of Ellicottville Planning Board meeting. Applicant Justin Dineen and the Town of Ellicottville Planning Board were awaiting a response from the Cattaraugus County Planning Board after the Aug, 22, 2016 meeting. County Planning Board had no adverse comments, but did note a concern that campers may complain about the 75-acre farm across the road, even though the farm is in an existing Ag district.

Ellicottville Yurts and Recreation is a proposed 13-acre campground off Rt. 219 near the old Riley’s restaurant site, and will include up to four yurts, portable bathrooms and a trailer, which will serve as an office. There will be no sewer or electric to the yurts and generators will not be permitted.

Dineen did move the driveway to be within 10 feet from his property line, and submitted a revised site plan since the last meeting.

Although the normal next step for the Town of Ellicottville Planning Board would be to make a resolution to approve the special use permit without conditions, because there was not a quorum of board members, the board could not take any action. The project application was put back on the agenda for the October 2016 meeting.

Town Planner Gary Palumbo talked to the board about the Comprehensive Plan update, speaking in general terms to identify areas of the plan that needed to be reworked or updated. He stressed that this is not intended to be a complete re-write. Input from the board will be required to identify topics, chapter by chapter, that need to be revised, deleted or added.

“The 1990 comprehensive plan was substantially rewritten in 2006, and then amended in 2009, 2011 and 2012.  The intent of this update is to keep up with local development trends, new social and environmental concerns, and to incorporate the newest (applicable) management strategies,” as stated in a memo from Palumbo to the Town of Ellicottville dated Sept. 14, 2016.

Palumbo’s memo went on to outline methodology and procedure, as discussed with Town Supervisor Matt McAndrew, Town Engineer Mark Alainello, and Town Planning Board members. A complete draft of the Comprehensive Plan Update could be done in as soon as 12 months, according to Palumbo, and could include two or three public meetings/hearings.

Palumbo will email a copy of the draft work plan memo to all members of the Planning Board.  He asked that any comments be emailed back to McAndrew before the October meeting.

The next meeting of the Town of Ellicottville’s Planning Board is scheduled for Monday, Oct 24 at 6 p.m.

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