MINUTES OF THE STAFFORD PLANNING BOARD
MEETING OF Nov 16, 2022
William VanAlst -Chairman
Lindsay Yoder -Board Member
Carol Queal – Board Member
Sharon Valyear-Gray – Board Member
Paul Tenney – Board Member
Mary Ellen Schmidt – Board Member
Anita Taylor – Board Member
Walt Kershenski – Recording Secretary
Gerry Wood – CEO/ZEO
Richard Squires -Alternate Board Member
OTHERS PRESENT: Andrew Darling, Cathy Worthington
Chairman VanAlst called the regular meeting of the Town of Stafford Planning Board to order at 7:00 p.m.
Approval Sept. 28, 2022 Meeting Minutes:
Motion made by Planning Board Member Queal and seconded by Planning Board Member Yoder to approve the minutes of the Sept 28, 2022 Meeting Minutes as submitted by Secretary Walt Kershenski. Motion passed 4 to 0. Sharon Valyear-Gray, Paul Tenney, Mary Ellen Schmidt & Anita Taylor abstained because they were not present at the September meeting.
October 26, 2022 meeting canceled.
2 a.) OLD BUSINESS:
Update on proposed Solar Farm, Wood property, Batavia Stafford Townline Rd.
Chairman VanAlst reported to the Board Members that 2 Area variances have been granted by the ZBA to to the project to implement a Solar Farm on the Batavia Stafford Townline Rd. Applicants have requested relief from the guaranteed home value provisions of the Solar Local Law to the Town Board. No Action has been taken by the Town Board at this time.
3 a) NEW BUSINESS
Meeting Schedule for 2023
MEETING DATE APPLICATION DEADLINE
JANUARY 25 JANUARY 17
FEBRUARY 22 FEBRUARY 14
MARCH 22 MARCH 14
APRIL 26 APRIL 18
MAY 24 MAY 16
JUNE 28 JUNE 20
JULY 26 JULY 18
AUGUST 23 AUGUST 15
SEPTEMBER 27 SEPTEMBER 19
OCTOBER 25 OCTOBER 17
*NOVEMBER 29 NOVEMBER 21
DECEMBER 27 DECEMBER 19
Meetings normally are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted, with the application deadline 8 days prior to the meeting date.
* November meeting is the FIFTH Wednesday of the month to avoid conflicts with the holiday.
Motion by Planning Member Queal and seconded by Planning Member Valyear-Gray to accept the Planning Board Meeting schedule for 2023 as submitted by Chairman VanAlst. Motion passed 7 to 0.
3 b) Upcoming applications Misc.:
Payment for approved training clarified by Town Bookkeeper: Need to provide a certificate of training to the Town Clerk. 4 hours of approved training required each year. Attendance at an approved training session for up to 2 hours to receive pay equivalent to one meeting. Attendance at a session over 2 hours will receive pay equivalent to two meetings.
Chairman VanAlst noted that a Party Barn on Rt. 237 has been hosting events there without a permit. The ZEO reported that there has been no action taken regarding the failure of the property owners to submit a completed Special Use Permit Application to the Town Board for operation of their Special Event Venue at the home at 7790 Rt. 237. Consensus of the Planning Board was for the Chairman to send a letter to the Town Board urging them to take action. A draft letter will be sent to Planning Board members for review before sending to the Town Board.
Chairman VanAlst stated that the Casper farm in Stafford is selling Beef that they raise on their farm at the farm location. Chairman VanAlst discussed the matter with County Planning. They indicated that the NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets has jurisdiction and allows this type of business. It was suggested by County Planning that the Town could request a Site Plan Application for approval for this kind of business. He also was advised by the County that the Town cannot restrict an Agriculture Farm business from selling its products on-site.
- Correspondence/Workshops/Reports/General Information:
. 5. Adjournment:
A Motion was made by Planning Board Member Queal
and seconded by Planning Board Member Valyear-Gray to close the Planning meeting at 8:00 PM. Passed 7to 0.
Approved at the Dec. 28, 2022 meeting