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Lake George Zoning advisory board criticized

Lake George Citizens Group leader Joanne Gavin criticized the Lake George Village Zoning Steering Committee this week, alleging they are discouraging public input on whether a hotel of five stories or more should be allowed in the village. Here, she is shown in March 2012 urging the Lake George Town Board to enact a ban on herbal incense, an initiative adopted afterwards by various area municipalities as well as New York State.

Lake George Citizens Group leader Joanne Gavin criticized the Lake George Village Zoning Steering Committee this week, alleging they are discouraging public input on whether a hotel of five stories or more should be allowed in the village. Here, she is shown in March 2012 urging the Lake George Town Board to enact a ban on herbal incense, an initiative adopted afterwards by various area municipalities as well as New York State. Photo by Thom Randall.

— “When someone is that condescending to the community, it doesn’t speak well about village government,” she said.

Contacted Tuesday, Sullivan said he and other Steering Committee members are merely focused on the issues of considering zoning changes in light of the recent proposal to build a hotel downtown five stories or higher — a concept that sparked public outcry.

“It was a great idea from Mayor Blais to bring us together to weigh whether the current restrictions make sense,” he said. “My point was that we are merely making a recommendation on these issues,” he said.

Blais told Gavin he’d attend the next meeting of the Steering Committee to observe how they interact with the public. Blais told Gavin that the panel was not empowered to make decisions on zoning issues — which was duty of the village board.

He said the village board would be holding as many public hearings necessary to allow all local citizens express their opinions.

The next Zoning Steering Committee meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 27.

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