Ticonderoga After almost four years of discussion and debate, it appears that Ticonderoga will finally update its zoning regulations in 2013.
“I’m confident it’ll happen in 2013,” Supervisor Deb Malaney said recently.
A committee reviewing proposed changes to the town zoning law has completed its work and is expected to present its findings to the town board in December. That report will then be sent to consultant Brandy Saxton of PlaceSense in Port Henry for further review. The town board is expected to take action early in 2013 following a public hearing.
Action was expected in 2010, but despite a series of public meetings many residents objected to the planned zoning changes claiming they hadn’t had a chance to be involved in the process. That led the town board to appoint a committee to further study proposed zoning changes.
“That won’t happen again,” Malaney said of the delay. “Any time you talk about zoning it’s controversial. It affects people’s property and they’re rightfully protective of their property.
“This has been a thorough process,” she added. “We’ve tried to address all the specific concerns raised by residents. We took a second look and in the end we have a more flexible, more business-friendly zoning law. It’s responsible and fair.”
Malaney stressed the zoning changes will have no impact on any existing structures. All present Ticonderoga properties will be grandfathered under the new law.
The existing Ticonderoga zoning law is 30 years old, Malaney said. It has been amended 20 times. In 2009 a residents committee, with the help of Saxton, began a complete review of the law.
“The existing zoning law is at a point where, in some areas, it 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.”