Ticonderoga Proposed changes to the Ticonderoga zoning law are on hold.
The town board has appointed a committee to review the proposed revisions after learning the town planning board is too busy to complete the task.
“It was just too much for the planning board to do along with all its regular work,” Supervisor Deb Malaney explained. “The new committee will meet every two weeks until it completes its review.”
The committee was appointed at the May town board meeting.
The zoning revision project is funded by a Quality Communities grant from the New York State Department of State. That grant expired March 31, but the state has granted Ticonderoga a six-month extension to finish the zoning project — which has been in the works for three years.
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.”