Yates board reviews fracking moratorium

John Christensen

The Yates County Planning Board unanimously approved the Town of Jerusalem’s one-year moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing in natural gas wells. To go into effect upon the results of NYDEC study, the intent of the moratorium is designed to give the town enough time to draw up local regulation of the highly controversial process.

The board also unanimously approved the following items:

• The division of Mahlon Horning’s 81.2 acre farm on Rte. 364 in Potter into two farms, one of 66.63 acres and the other of 14.57 acres.

• A special use permit for Brad Quayle to operate a health club in an existing building in Middlesex.

• A special use permit to Grace Mirchandani to create and operate a retail shop and wine tasting room on Rte. 14 in Torrey.

• A proposal by the Town of Middlesex to amend their zoning ordinances to include a provision for private roads, per special use permit approval, in the “Lake Residential” district.