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Zoning plan revised

TICONDEROGA - An overhaul of the Ticonderoga land use code has been completed.

Supervisor Deb Malaney expects the plan to be presented to the town board in the near future. After the town board reviews the updated plan it will be forwarded to the town planning board. After both boards give an OK, Malaney expects the plan will be adopted.

The proposed zoning includes design guidelines for new and substantially renovated commercial buildings, requirements for new signs, standards for landscaping, parking, outdoor lighting and similar elements of commercial development.

The draft law also regulates the types and intensity of small businesses that would be allowed in residential areas.

In 2006, Ticonderoga adopted a revised Comprehensive Plan focused on revitalizing the town's hamlet, supporting tourism efforts and promoting the town's role as a regional center. With funding through a Quality Communities Grant from the New York Department of State, the town appointed a committee and hired a consultant to revise and modernize its zoning law to implement the goals and policies outlined in the 2006 plan.

A series of five community forums were held from July to November to give the public an opportunity to comment on the details of Ticonderoga's zoning revisions. Written comments were also accepted.

"The process has been open to everyone," Malaney said of the zoning revision. "It's been a good process."

Zoning was an issue for the Ti town board at its January meeting. The board voted to extend a moratorium on ground floor residential apartments in the business district.

The action was taken after Bill Gibbs asked for permission to place an apartment in a building he owns on Montcalm Street. The town board rejected that request.

"We want to retain the character of the business district," Malaney explained.

The Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership and the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance both urged the town board to prevent ground floor residences in the business district.

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