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Ticonderoga trustees kill proposed zoning plan

Opponents, supporters criticize town board

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.

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.

— Malaney and Saxton agreed the proposed revised zoning plan would have had little affect on most people. The proposed zoning changes focused on three keys areas, according to Saxton — commercial property, downtown and lakefront properties.

The decision to kill the proposed zoning changes angered its supporters.

“Three years of development, tens of thousands of dollars, and hundreds of man hours revising our zoning was sidetracked — wasted — by a group of individuals, who I believe were misinformed, and by a town board that avoided their responsibility to the entire town,” said Jim Major, who chaired the town committee that reviewed the proposed zoning changes. “They (town board members) couldn’t shed their responsibility to us all any more quickly than they did. They didn’t shelve it, as some have said, they voted it down.

“I believe to a person, our committee which was delegated with the responsibility for recommending changes, are disappointed with the town board’s capricious action,” he continued. “We have stated over and over that the product can be altered by the town board as they see fit. To throw out an entire zoning plan, without any effort on their part to answer any grievances of a group of citizens, is disappointing to say the least. I don’t understand their unwillingness to support change, positive change, and make corrections that they feel are necessary.”

Major, who is also chairman of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, said Ticonderoga is being held back by an out-dated zoning plan. He said the decision to kill the zoning proposal showed a lack of leadership by the town board.

“The poverty in this town is increasing, the unemployment is increasing, the drinking and family problems are increasing, without any plan, direction, or goals by our town leadership to make change happen, to solve problems, to offer hope,” he said. “The zoning plan would not solve these problems by itself, but it is a part of a plan to bring our zoning into the 21st century and to make our town more attractive to business.

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