Ticonderoga After four years of work, debate and revision, an updated Ticonderoga zoning proposal has been scraped.
Faced with withering criticism, the town board voted unanimously to kill the plan — at least for now — at its April meeting.
“It was so emotional; people were very angry,” Ti Supervisor Deb Malaney said of the debate. “It had to stop right then and there. We voted to table the issue.”
Actually, the board voted to kill the zoning proposal that had been in the works since 2009.
Resolution #121-2013, brought by Councilman Wayne Taylor and seconded by Trustee David Iuliano called on the board “to reject in total the entire new proposed Ticonderoga Land Use and Development Code including all the new proposed zoning map changes and keep the existing Town of Ticonderoga Zoning Ordinance with its accompanying Site Plan Review law intact.“
Taylor, Iuliano, Malaney, Trustee Jeff Cook and Trustee Steve Whitford voted for the resolution.
The meeting attracted about 100 people with more than 30 speaking on the proposed zoning law. Every speaker opposed it. Most of the opposition came from residents of Chilson and South Ti.
Malaney said much of the criticism came from misunderstandings and distortions.
“A few people worked very hard top arouse others,” Malaney said. “There were a lot of misconceptions about the new zoning, but things became so heated there was no point in going further. There was so much intensity, anger, fear.”
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 consultant Brandy Saxton of PlaceSense, began a complete review of the law.
The public was 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.