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Ticonderoga seeks comments on proposed zoning changes

Concerns expressed at hearing

Ticonderoga residents still have time to comment on a proposed revision of the town’s zoning law. The proposed law is available at the town clerk’s office as well as online at www.townofticonderoga.org

Ticonderoga residents still have time to comment on a proposed revision of the town’s zoning law. The proposed law is available at the town clerk’s office as well as online at www.townofticonderoga.org

Ticonderoga residents still have time to comment on a proposed revision of the town’s zoning law.

About two dozen people attended a public hearing on the measure Dec. 8, most expressing concerns with the changes. Many of the complaints centered on the process, which included a residents committee, a paid consultant and a series of public information meetings. Others voiced concerns about their individual situations.

The proposed law is available at the town clerk’s office as well as online at www.townofticonderoga.org

Written comments on the zoning changes can Emailed to Supervisor Deb Malaney at debmalaney@nycap.rr.com or mailed to the Community Building, Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga 12883.

There is no deadline for comments, but Malaney expects the town board to act on the proposed law before March 31. The zoning revision project is funded by a Quality Communities grant from the New York State Department of State. That grant expires March 31.

The existing Ticonderoga zoning law is 30 years old, Malaney said. It has been amended 20 times. In 2009 a resident’s committee with the help of a paid consultant, Brandy Saxton of PlaceSense in Port Henry, began a complete review of the law.

“The existing zoning law is at a point where, in some areas, in contradicts itself and leaves the town open to legal challenges,” Malaney said. “A revision of the zoning law is also part of our comprehensive plan and has been requested by many businesspeople.”

Saxton pointed out the public has been invited to participate throughout the process.

“The committee invited the public to nine meetings to discuss the proposed changes, in addition to holding regular committee meetings that included opportunity for public comment,” Saxton said. “A mailing was sent town-wide in June 2010 to inform residents about the project and opportunities to have input on the changes being drafted. Throughout the process drafts were posted online and available for review at the town office.”

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