Ti mulls zoning changes

TICONDEROGA - A second public information meeting on enhancements to the town's zoning districts and map has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, at the Ticonderoga Community Building auditorium.

The driving force behind the work of the Town Zoning Revision Committee has been to make Ticonderoga's zoning law more comprehensive, clear and precise, according to Brandy Saxton, consultant.

"The committee has incorporated public comment, received since the January public meeting, into the draft of the law," Saxton said. "Significant changes have been made to the original proposal for shoreline areas. The most recent draft largely limits opportunities for new or significantly expanded commercial activities within the proposed Shoreline Residential district.

"The number of proposed zoning districts has been reduced and boundaries adjusted," she added. "The committee is striving to develop a map that is generally compatible with the Adirondack Park Agency land use classifications while leaving open the future possibility of negotiating improvements to the APA map. Many more pieces of property would be in a single zoning district, under the draft town zoning map, than under the currently adopted map as the proposed district boundaries largely follow property lines."

Two other draft sections of the zoning law are also available for public review and comment, site plan standards and architectural design standards. The site plan standards include proposed requirements for landscaping, outdoor lighting, signs and parking. The architectural design standards include requirements and recommendations for new construction and modification of building facades in the downtown business district, as well as for large commercial buildings.

To access drafts and other information, follow the zoning and planning board link on the town website, http://www.townofticonderoga.org, or contact Saxton at 546-7470.

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

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