MINUTES OF THE STAFFORD PLANNING BOARD
MEETING OF Jan. 25, 2023
William VanAlst -Chairman
Lindsay Yoder -Board Member
Carol Queal – Board Member
Sharon Valyear-Gray – Board Member
Paul Tenney – Board Member
Richard Squires -Acting Board Member
Walt Kershenski – Recording Secretary
Gerry Wood – CEO/ZEO
Anita Taylor – Board Member
Mary Ellen Schmidt – Board Member
OTHERS PRESENT: Andrew Darling, Jeremy Smith (UTO of WNY), Joshua, Carolyn and Patrick Casper, Jeff & Gina Lathan.
Chairman VanAlst called the regular meeting of the Town of Stafford Planning Board to order at 7:00 p.m.
1: Approval Dec. 28, 2022 Meeting Minutes:
Motion made by Planning Board Member Valyear-Gray and seconded by Planning Board Member Queal to approve the minutes of the Dec 28, 2022 Meeting Minutes as submitted by Secretary Walt Kershenski. Motion passed 6 to 0.
Abstention Mary Ellen Schmidt (Absent December Meeting)
2: OLD BUSINESS:
No Old Business
3: NEW BUSINESS:
- Application by Casper Farms for site plan approval to operate a retail store at 6671 E. Main Road, TMP 10.-1-17.1 to sell beef raised on their farm along with other sundry items.
Chairman VanAlst asked Me. Casper to come forward and explain the scope of the application by Casper Farms for a site plan approval to operate a retail store at 6671 E. Main St. Rd., TMP 10.-1-17.1 to sell beef raised on their farm along with other sundry items.
It was noted that Ag. & Mkts. Allows this type of business. Adequate parking would be determined by a site plan approval application form to be submitted by Mr. Casper. A proposed 30×30 building would require 3 parking spaces. A map will be required depicting the parking spaces.
A Motion to send a referral to County Planning for their Approval was made by Planning Board Member Valyear-Gray and seconded by Planning Board Member Tenney. Motion passed 6 to 0.
- Application by Utility Trailers of WNY for a Special Use Permit to operate an automotive electrical diagnosis and repair Shop in Units #14 & #15 at Batavia Business Storage, 5773 Main Street TMP 8.-1-26.1.
Chairman VanAlst asked Mr. Jeremy Smith to come forward and explain to the Board Members the scope of his application for a Special Use Permit. Mr. Smith told the Board Members that the business he is proposing would be used to diagnosing and repairing electrical type vehicle issues and their associated components. The business would have approximately 2 employees and house 4 to 5 trucks. Chairman VanAlst notes that in 2021 this property applied for and granted a site plan approval as storage spaces and not business spaces. The current new site plan approval application would propose all units to be designated as businesses. Chairman VanAlst needs to confer with Town Attorney as to how to proceed with this application.
- Special Use Permit by Jeff and Gina Lathan to host parties and events at their property at 7790 Route 237.
Chairman introduced Mr. & Mrs. Lathan and asked them to explain the details of their application for a Special Use Permit to host parties and events on their property. Mr. Lathan explained to the Board Member that the events hosted were strictly private events and there were no admission fees involved. Therefore, they were not for profit events but instead private events which are not subject to Special Use Permit applications. They did not qualify as Commercial events.
4. Correspondence/Workshops/Reports/General Information:
Mary Ellen Schmidt submitted a formal letter informing the Planning Board that she is officially resigning as a member of the Planning Board as of Jan 20, 2023. A Motion was made by Planning Member Valyear-Gray and seconded by Planning Member Queal to accept Mary Ellen Schmidt’s resignation with regret. Passed 6 to 0.
A Motion was then made by Planning Member Valyear-Gray and seconded by Planning Board Member Queal to suggest that Alternate member Squires be appointed to replace Marl Ellen as an Active Member of the Planning Board. Motion passed 6 to 0. Chairman VanAlst will send Letter to the Town Board for their final approval and recommending Mr. Squires’ appointment and suggested that the town advertise for a new alternate member.
A Motion was made by Planning Board Member Queal and seconded by Planning Board Member Squires to close the Planning meeting at 8:36 PM. Passed 6 to 0.
Approved at the Feb 22, 2023 meeting