Greg Perreault and Genie Herme were on WRFI radio this past week to talk about their misgivings on the State/Hector bridge changes. The audio is available here:
February 24, 2016
2nd Floor Conference Room, City Hall
- Additions or Deletions to the Agenda
- Public Comment – 3 minutes per person
- Approval of Minutes – January 27, 2016
- Ithaca Festival’s Proposed Art in Glow Project
- CAP Public Art Mural Project
- 2016 Electrical Boxes Project
- Proposed Ordinance Change to Membership Requirements
- PAC Working Session
- Centennial Art Program Trust Fund
- Q&A with Potential New Members
- Next Meeting – March 23, 2016
TOWN OF ITHACA PLANNING BOARD
Shirley A. Raffensperger Board Room, Town Hall
215 North Tioga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
7:00 P.M. SEQR Determination: Crown Castle / Verizon Wireless Telecommunication Facility, Mecklenburg Road.
7:00 P.M. PUBLIC HEARING: Consideration of Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval and Special Permit for a new telecommunication facility located on the north side of Mecklenburg Road across from 1335 Mecklenburg Road, Town of Ithaca Tax Parcel No. 27.-1-15.2, Agricultural Zone. The proposal involves the construction of a 105’ +/- monopole tower with 12 panel antennas, a 360 +/- square foot equipment shelter, a 60’ x 60’ +/- chain link fenced area, a 1,250’ +/- gravel access road, and landscaping. Rancich Family Limited Partnership, Owner; Crown Castle & Verizon Wireless, Applicants; Jeffrey W. Davis, Barclay Damon, Agent.
3. Persons to be heard
4. Approval of Minutes: December 1, 2015 and December 15, 2015
5. Other Business
Director of Planning
NOTE: IF ANY MEMBER OF THE PLANNING BOARD IS UNABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE NOTIFY
SANDY POLCE AT 273-1747 or SPOLCE@TOWN.ITHACA.NY.US.
(A quorum of four (4) members is necessary to conduct Planning Board business.)
Accessing Meeting Materials Online
Site Plan and Subdivision applications and associated project materials are accessible electronically on the Town’s website under “Planning Board” on the “Meeting Agendas” page (http://www.town.ithaca.ny.us/meeting-agendas
The following comes from Cynthia Brock, 1st Ward alderperson; she refers to the item on pp 29-31 of the agenda of the 9/11/15 BPW meeting. That item is available here as a PDF (two letters explaining things plus a drawing of the parking lot): Boat Parking BPW Agenda.
A recent proposal has come to the Board of Public Works requesting the use of the gravel parking lot on Inlet Island for winter boat storage for up to 100 boats (25 boats seems the most likely).
I have concerns with regards to this proposal, and have requested the BPW to hold off on its decision so that community members can provide input.
While I recognize the significant positive impact that the boating community has to our local culture and economy, I have strong reservations with regards to the impacts this will have. It is my position that allowing long-term winter boat storage on the Inlet Island gravel parking lot will negatively affect the view shed of Inlet Island from Cliff Street, Taughannock Blvd., and Cass Park/Waterfront Trail, and will also create an industrial, cavernous feel to areas immediately adjacent to restaurants and shops who are striving to create a welcoming recreational environment.
The agenda for tonight’s BPW meeting was posted on Friday the 11th and a link to the relevant pages is at the top of this post.
First Ward Alderperson, City of Ithaca
This cat seems to have moved into the space below our porch (on Cliff Street, on West Hill) a couple weeks ago. At first, we only saw an orange streak as it ran for cover. Then, it would stop at a distance and watch us for a while before disappearing again. But, the last few days, it’s been meowing at us through the door’s window and pretty clearly indicating it’s ready to take up a more permanent and comfortable residence.
My message to the West Hill email list got no response, so I assume it’s not the beloved of anyone in our neighborhood. I’m still open to hearing from someone that it’s their cat, but not very hopeful. If you know of other Ithaca email lists, maybe you’d forward the info to them.
You can email (aozolins at ithaca dot edu) or phone (592 0780) with info or questions.
The first “City Hall in Your Neighborhood” on West Hill was held tonight, March 26, in the gymnasium of the Lehman Alternative Community School. Representatives from about 1o city departments showed up — planning, city attorney, fire, police, DPW, etc — with representatives ready to talk about their work, the city, and anything else on the minds of West Hill residents. I had some great chats with several of them, and Mayor Svante Myrick was there, ready to spend time with people.
The best thing, from my perspective, about the evening was the relaxed comfort with which everyone was interacting. The not-so-good thing was that so few of West Hill’s residents came to take part. I hope that the city hall folks won’t write us off; I hope they’ll come back to offer us this kind of access again. And, I hope that when they do, the LACS gym will be crowded to capacity.
There will be an update of the county’s plans for the Indian Creek Woods presented by County Planning Commissioner Ed Marx at the Government Operations Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m. at the legislative chambers at 121 E. Court St. He will report on the “Status of County Property on Harris B. Dates Drive.”
The agenda allots a short amount of time for public comment at 3:35. Marx’s report is first on the agenda, at approx. 3:45 p.m. You can see the meeting agenda. The agenda packet does not give any advance information about the content of the Planning Department report.
Though the meeting is being held at an inconvenient time for many people, please join us if you can to show the county legislators that people in the West Hill area are committed to play a role in development plans for our area.
Thanks for your ongoing interest.
Indian Creek Neighborhood Association
Next week, city staff will begin a series of visits to neighborhood schools and gathering places in Ithaca. The Mayor’s Office is calling it “City Hall in Your Neighborhood”.
These job fair style events will provide community members the opportunity to engage with staff members of different departments to meet and learn more about their city government.
Two evenings next week have been scheduled for this event:
- Wednesday, March 25th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Belle Sherman Elementary School cafeteria
- Thursday, March 26th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Lehman Alternative Community School gymnasium
Additional events will be scheduled for May.
Please contact Kevin Sutherland, Chief of Staff at email@example.com or 607-274-6512 with any questions.
From: Cynthia Brock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Fwd: Subdivision on Campbell and Hector
Project: Minor Subdivision
Location: 104 Campbell Ave., Tax Parcel #19.-2-4
Applicant: John & Anne Marie Cummings
Anticipated Board Action(s) in March: Declaration of Lead Agency, Public Hearing, Determination of Environmental Significance, and Preliminary & Final Subdivision Approval
Project Description: The applicant proposes to subdivide the 0.513-acre (22,347SF) parcel into two lots: Parcel A, measuring 0.243 acres (10,581 SF) with 110 feet of street frontage on Campbell Ave.; and Parcel 2, measuring 0.27 acres (11,766 SF) with 97 feet of street frontage on Hector St. and 93.2 feet of street frontage on Campbell Ave., and containing an existing single-family home. The property is in the R-1a Zoning District, which has the following minimum area requirements: 10,000 SF lot size, 75 feet of street frontage, 25-foot front yard and 10-foot side yard setbacks, and a rear yard setback of 50 feet or 25%, but no less than 20 feet. This is an Unlisted Action under the City of Ithaca Environmental Quality Review Ordinance and the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and is subject to environmental review.