County planning OKs Middlesex slopes law

John Christensen

By John Christensen

The Chronicle-Express

After redrafting the original steep slopes law that was more than 34 pages long, the Town of Middlesex Planning Board has finally won the approval of the Yates County Planning Board.

According to Middlesex Planning Board Chairman Mart DeVinney, the town’s attorney redrafted the law to incorporate it into the existing zoning code. Thus, all existing area variance policies will also apply to steep slopes. He also stated that the law now has the backing of Supervisor Robert Multer and the Town Board. Kevin Olvaney from Canandaigua Lake Watershed said the committee took the public comments to heart in redrafting the law. Several residents still expressed doubts, sayingthe law does not consider the soil conditions and hard shale that can be built upon, or the impact it would have on tax assessments.

In the end, the County Planning Board voted 10 to 3 in favor of passing the law on to the town.

The board approved unanimously:

• Town of Benton applicant Landis Scaping and Design, at 283 State Rt. 14A, for an amendment to a current special use permit to place a stone pad for parking and display.

• Town of Middlesex applicant Stephen and Shelly Fiumano at 800 State Rte. 245, for a special use permit for a health/wellness health club, Stay Fit 365.

• Village of Penn Yan applicant Tim McMichael at 29 Powell Lane, for Site Plan Review to construct a 6,000 sq. ft. building with parking lot for an RC car racetrack. It will be reviewed at the Penn Yan Village Planning Board meeting Nov. 3.