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Johnsburg Planning Board tackles projects

Neighbors air concerns about Ward Hill Subdivision plan

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Johnsburg Town Hall Photo by Andy Flynn.

— In the meantime, Osterhout said, interested parties with concerns or comments regarding the project could detail those concerns in writing and send them to the Town Hall for consideration in the Planning Board’s project deliberations.

Whitewater Challengers

In other action, the Board unanimously approved a special use permit for Whitewater Challengers and manager Marko Schmale to operate a zip line adventure course at property recently purchased behind the rafting company’s North River location off Route 28.

During a public hearing on the permit application, John Silvestri representing a neighbor, Denise Jillions, expressed his client’s concerns about the use of lighting as part of the project and the potential for excessive noise. But after touring the property with Schmale Monday morning, Silvestri said he was satisfied that lighting at the property wouldn’t be an issue since Schmale did not intend to install extra lighting as part of the project.

Noise was still a concern, he said, and asked the board to consider restricting the hours of operation for the business from a proposed 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. down to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Schmale offered a compromise of a 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. schedule, and Silvestri said he believed his client would be satisfied with that.

“And that’s 8 p.m. finishing the course not starting at 8 p.m.?” Osterhout asked.

Schmale agreed.

Other action

The Board also unanimously approved the site plan application for Izzy’s Market & Deli, planned for Main Street in North Creek. The business will operate a deli and market on the first floor of the two-story building and offer retail space for lease on the second floor with an office and restrooms to the rear of the structure. The deli is scheduled to open in time for the Whitewater Derby in May.

The next meeting of the Johnsburg Planning Board is scheduled for 7 p.m., March 26 at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek.

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