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Village Planning Board Denies Special Use Permit

By Caitlin Croft

The December meeting of the Village Planning Board (VPB) opened with a public hearing regarding an already existing ATM located at 38 Washington. There was no one in attendance to comment on the matter, but there were two correspondences from members of the public. One letter expressed support for the ATM and the other, received earlier in the day, was from the owner of the building. In this letter, he advised the VPB that he was withdrawing the application and the ATM would be removed as soon as possible.

This was an application for a Special Use Permit for an accessory use of a walk-up ATM. It will have the footprint of an ATM Kiosk. Last month, there were concerns regarding setbacks and if the parking space the ATM was occupying was a required space. The VPB requested a survey and original site plan from the applicant which was not received. The Code Enforcement Officer was able to locate the original site plan and the parking space was deemed unrequired. A survey necessary to determine set backs was not provided by the applicant.

Next the VPB made a motion to approve the minutes from the November meeting; there was a second and the VPB approved.

After this, the VPB moved on to Old Business. Despite the applicant for PB-2017-13 ATM withdrawing the application, action still had to be taken as a Public Hearing had been set and conducted. The VPB made a motion to declare this application a Type Two action under the State Environmental Quality Review requiring no further review; there was a second and the VPB approved. The VPB made a motion to approve the Special Use Permit at 38 Washington; there was a second and then discussion.

The VPB denied the motion to approve this Special Use Permit for the following reasons:  Set backs were unable to be determined as the requested survey was not provided. The style and design does not meet the standards and criteria of the Architectural Review Process. The internal sign is not consistent with Village Sign Laws and last, it is an unprotected location on Route 219.

Next, the VPB made a motion that the ATM be made non-operational within 48 hours and they have 14 days to remove the ATM kiosk; there was a second and it was approved.

Last, the meeting ended with discussion on proposed zoning amendments. The final copy was reviewed and discussed and the VPB made a motion to present the zoning amendments as corrected to the Village Board; there was a second and it was approved.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Village Planning Board will be on Jan.9, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall.

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