Ticonderoga The Ticonderoga planning board is reviewing proposed revisions to the town’s zoning law.
The new zoning law, which town officials hope to adopt in March, has also been sent to neighboring towns and counties for review as a courtesy, Ti Supervisor Deb Malaney said.
A public hearing on the proposed zoning law was held in December and the town board will continue to accept written comments until it takes action to adopt the measure.
Written comments on the zoning changes can Emailed to Malaney at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Community Building, Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga 12883.
The proposed law is available at the town clerk’s office as well as online at www.townofticonderoga.org
The zoning revision project is funded by a Quality Communities grant from the New York State Department of State. That grant expires March 31. Malaney said the town board hopes to adopt the proposed law before the grant expires.
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. There was a town-wide mailing in June 2010 to notify residents about the project and opportunities to have input on the changes being drafted. There were nine public information meetings and throughout the process drafts were posted online and available for review at the town office.
Malaney and Saxton agree the proposed revised zoning plan will have little affect on most people.
“There are no radical changes in the existing zoning law,” Malaney said. “It creates a blueprint for sensible, future growth.”
Matt Fuller, town attorney, said the proposed law, if adopted, will have no impact on existing structures. They will be grandfathered under the new law.
The proposed zoning changes focus on three keys areas, according to Saxton — commercial property, downtown and lakefront properties.