Ti zoning proposal to address agriculture

TICONDEROGA - Rural and agricultural zoning will be modernized in the Ticonderoga zoning revision project now under way.

"The proposed law will allow agricultural enterprises like agri-tourism or energy-generation facilities, and ag-support businesses," said Brandy Saxton, a consultant assisting with the project. "It will also encourage value-added enterprises that process on site, like turning milk into cheese or apples into pies."

The plan for the hamlets of Streetroad and Chilson will recognize those traditional settlements and allow for small businesses, new homes and other expansion.

The concept is being drafted to keep the local farming economy viable.

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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