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Village Board considers zoning and planning board moratorium requests

Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Updated: 10:06 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

Canajoharie's Zoning Board asked the village board to adopt a three month moratorium to give them time to write laws regarding the erection of pools on residential property.

The law is primarily aimed at creating laws against people putting up pools on their front lawns. Mayor Francis Avery pointed out that the village currently has no regulations regarding pools aside from a law detailing how far they should be from a roadway.

Trustee Stanley Smith said, "There are property owners in the village that don't have a back yard," and only have a front or side yard to put up their pools on, although he agreed that regulations regarding village pools should be created.

Avery said the town of Canajoharie has created regulations, and suggested that the village could potentially use their laws as a template.

Deputy Mayor Ronald Dievendorf suggested that a six month moratorium be put in place, as he doesn't feel three months is long enough to adequately draft and adopt a law, which would also include the scheduling of and advertisement for a public hearing.

The village board agreed to ask their attorney Charles Tallent whether they can establish a six month moratorium. The issue will be revisited at a later meeting.

The Canajoharie Planning Board also approached the village board, requesting that they adopt a six month moratorium regarding the establishment of adult-oriented businesses or activities in the village.

"We can't exclude it, but we can control it if we wish," said Avery, noting that the village board could decide that an adult establishment shouldn't be erected within a certain distance of a church, youth center or school.

After a motion to adopt the moratorium was made by Smith and seconded by Avery, Dievendorf and Trustee Jenna Coppernoll abstained from the vote. Because Trustee John Snyder was absent, the tie meant that the issue will be tabled until next month's official meeting.

     

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