Proposal zoning changes target Lake George

TICONDEROGA - Proposed changes to Ticonderoga's zoning law will clarify land-use issues around Lake George and improve consistency between the town's law and state law.

That's the assessment of local officials who are considering revisions to the Ti zoning ordinance.

"The revisions are needed to bring the law into conformance with the Town Comprehensive Plan passed by the Ticonderoga Town Council in 2006," said Brandy Saxton, a consultant assisting with the project.

Three shoreline zoning districts are being considered. One for lots with frontage on Lake George, Eagle Lake or parts of Lake Champlain, and one for "second tier" lots around Lake George and Eagle Lake that are close to the water but do not have frontage. These two districts will generally allow for residential uses only. The third district will include areas on and near Lake George designated for small-scale commercial and recreational uses.

The committee is also looking at provisions related to stormwater, riparian buffers and conservation subdivision design to ensure that any new development minimizes its impact on water quality and the natural resources in these districts.

The zoning revision committee will work on the law into spring 2010, and will prepare drafts of each section for public review and comment. To access drafts and other information, people can follow the zoning and planning board link on the town website, http://www.townofticonderoga.org, or contact Saxton at 546-7470.

A public information meeting on the zoning districts and map has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at the Ticonderoga Community Building auditorium.

This project is funded by a Quality Communities grant from the New York State Department of State.

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