Alex Levitch, chairman of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, sent town trustees a lengthy statement urging the board to consider several guidelines in making planning decisions. Those guidelines include:
- Will it (a proposed project) be in concert with the town comprehensive and tourist destination plans?
- Will it be consistent with all zoning and moratorium regulations?
-Will it add to or at least not diminish or threaten to diminish the downtown and/or Four Corners (Rts 9n and 74) business viability?
- Will it optimize or at least not diminish or threaten to diminish both foot traffic opportunities and parking availability?
- Will it support main floor businesses?
-Will it optimize or at least not diminish or threaten to diminish opportunities for quality housing?
- Will it optimize or at least not diminish or threaten to diminish appearances of all commercial buildings in full 360 degrees in the downtown business district?
- Will it support or at least not impede yearly inspections, strict fire safety and code enforcement?
- Will it increase the likelihood or at least not diminish the likelihood of attracting new businesses to relocate to Ticonderoga?
- Will it improve or at least not diminish or threaten to diminish our streetscape and further encourage walking within our downtown shopping district?
- Will it add to or at least not diminish of threaten to diminish the overall beauty of the town, its diversity, shopping convenience, attraction of visitors and harmony between businesses?
Malaney said the town board welcomed Levitch's comments and will keep the suggested guidelines in mind when considering the revised zoning plan and other planning issues.
"It's a reminder to the (town) board and the community to keep in mind the vision and revitalization effort in Ti as we face these issues," Malaney said.
For more information, follow the zoning and planning board link on the town website, http://www.townofticonderoga.org or contact Brandy Saxton at 546-7470.