[IW] Planning & Devel. Bd. - 5/24/16 Meeting Agenda [REVISED]

Charles Pyott CPyott at cityofithaca.org
Thu May 19 12:42:14 CDT 2016

Dear All:

Please find attached (and pasted as rough/unformatted text further below) the revised PDF agenda for a regular meeting of the City of Ithaca Planning & Development Board, this coming Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green Street, Ithaca, New York. Alternately, you may access the agenda either directly via the link pasted below (which includes attachments) or by going to the “Agenda Center” on the City web site (www.cityofithaca.org/agendacenter<http://www.cityofithaca.org/agendacenter>), under “Planning & Development Board.” (For ease-of-access, a link to the most recent Planning Board agenda will always be accessible on the Planning Board home page: http://www.cityofithaca.org/354/Planning-Development-Board.) *** Applicants and other scheduled/required meeting participants should contact Charles Pyott, (607) 274-6550, cpyott at cityofithaca.org<mailto:cpyott at cityofithaca.org>, if they cannot attend the meeting or they require any additional information to fully prepare for it. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have trouble opening the attachment, you have any questions/concerns, or you would like to be removed from this distribution list. Thanks so much.

REVISION: The following agenda item was moved to earlier in the meeting: "5. Site Plan Review, A. SKETCH PLAN: Two Duplexes at 312-314 Spencer Rd." (to a 6:45 p.m. estimated start time). Other start times have been adjusted accordingly.

Agenda with Attachments: http://www.cityofithaca.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/05242016-1074 (29.94 MB)
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Start Times: Agenda item start-times are approximate only. Applicants and other scheduled/required meeting participants are responsible for being available at whatever time(s) their agenda item(s) is actually discussed.


Charles Pyott
Office Assistant, Division of Planning & Economic Development
Department of Planning, Building, Zoning, & Economic Development
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Site Plan Review & Subdivision Applications (and related documents)
Site Plan Review application documents are accessible electronically via the “Document Center” on the City web site (www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter<http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter>), under “Planning & Development” > “Site Plan Review Project Applications,” and in the relevant year/month folder. Subdivision application materials can be similarly located, but in the “Subdivision Applications” folder.  NOTE: Some meeting materials may not be posted until the day before the meeting, if they are received late or due to other occasional extenuating circumstances. Documents received on the day of the meeting itself will often be posted on the day after the meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact me to request any documents you either do not see posted or are having difficulty finding/accessing. You are also always welcome to visit Planning Division offices at any time during regular operating hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F) to view hardcopy materials.

1.        Agenda Review       6:00

2.        Privilege of the Floor (3-minute maximum per person ― if you will be speaking about a project with a scheduled public hearing below, you are highly encouraged to speak at that time)      6:02

3.        Special Order of Business: Incentive Zoning & Site Plan Review Discussion (Lynn Truame)       6:10

4.        Subdivision Review

A.    Project:     Minor Subdivision           6:30
Location:    312-314 Spencer Rd.
Applicant:    Charlie O’Connor, Modern Living Rentals
Actions:    Determination of Environmental Significance     Recommendation to BZA

Project Description: The applicant proposes to consolidate, then subdivide, three tax parcels: #105.-7-1.1 and #116.-1-1, with a combined area of approximately 0.212 acres (9,234 SF), and containing an existing single-family house; and #116.-1-2, measuring approximately 0.395 acres (17,206 SF) and containing an existing single-family house.  The new proposed parcels will be: Lot 1, measuring 8,571 SF with approximately 166.78’ of frontage on Old Elmira Road; Lot 2, measuring 5,600 SF with approximately 45’ of frontage on Old Elmira Road; and Lot 3, measuring 12,260 SF with approximately 191’ of frontage on Spencer Road and containing the two existing houses.  The proposed Lot 3 requires and Area Variance for a deficient front yard setback.  This is an Unlisted Action under the City of Ithaca Environmental Quality Review Ordinance (“CEQRO”) and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) and requires Environmental Review.

5.        Site Plan Review

A.    SKETCH PLAN:  Two Duplexes at 312-314 Spencer Rd.              6:45

B.    Project:     Apartment Building                 7:05
Location:    201 College Ave.
Applicant:    Noah Demarest, STREAM Collaborative, for Visum Development Group
Actions:    Declaration of Lead Agency    PUBLIC HEARING      Determination of Environmental Significance     Recommendation to BZA

Project Description: The applicant proposes to build a 5-story apartment building on a 0.173 acre lot at the corner of College Avenue and Bool Street.  The building will contain 44 dwelling units with approximately 76 bedrooms.  The basement level will have a trash room, a fitness room with windows looking out to the street, and a bicycle garage for approximately 20 bikes with ramp access from a doorway on Bool Street.  Other proposed amenities include landscaping, lighting, 4 outdoor bike racks, and street trees. The project is proposing a curb bump-out that will require approval form the Board of Public Works.   The site has a 17’ difference in elevation from the southwest corner to the northeast corner, rising from 690.00 to 707.00.  Site development will require the removal of the existing 2‐story wood-framed house containing 1 apartment with 12 bedrooms, gravel parking area, and five trees.  The project is in the MU‐1 Collegetown Area Form District (CAFD) and requires Area Variances.  This is a Type 1 Action under the City of Ithaca Environmental Quality Review Ordinance (“CEQRO”), §176-4 B(1)(k) & (h)[4], and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”), §617.4(b)(11), and is subject to Environmental Review.

C.    Project:     Elmira Savings Bank                      7:35
Location:    602 W. State St./M.L.K., Jr. St.
Applicant:    Kim Michaels, Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects, LLP
Actions:    Declaration of Lead Agency     PUBLIC HEARING      Potential Determination of Environmental Significance      Recommendation to BZA

Project Description: Applicant proposes to renovate existing two-story brick building at corner of West State and Meadow Streets for branch bank functions on first and second floor.  Basement will be used for mechanical equipment and tenant storage; also proposed is mall 700-SF two-story addition, necessary for vertical circulation (stair and elevator).  Site ingress/egress is provided from existing curb-cuts on Meadow Street and West State Street (egress only).  Two drive-through lanes will be provided for bank transactions, one of which will serve as island station with pneumatic-tube connection to remote teller.  The second will provide access to night deposit and ATM station at building’s west exterior wall.  17 parking spaces are proposed.  Applicant also proposes to remove 2 on-street parking spaces on State St. to expand the sidewalks and add street trees.  Other site improvements include landscaping, signage, and lighting.  Project site consists of 3 tax parcels: 72.-2-13, which contains existing two-story brick building; 72.-2-11, which contains existing asphalt parking area and curb-cut to N. Meadow St.; and 72.-2-10, which contains two houses.  Project development will require consolidation of tax parcels and demolition of two homes.  Project is in WEDZ-1a Zoning District and requires an Area Variance to allow for addition of one-story canopy on west side of building over drive-through lanes.  Project also requires approval for removal of parking and curb bump-out.  This is an Unlisted Action under City of Ithaca Environmental Quality Review Ordinance (“CEQRO”) and State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”), and requires Environmental Review.

D.    Project:     Brindley Street Bridge                  8:00
Location:    W. State St. at Cayuga Inlet
Applicant:    City of Ithaca
Actions:    Review of Revised FEAF, Parts 2 & 3     Comments to Lead Agency (BPW)

Project Description: The project will relocate current Brindley Street Bridge to align with W. State St./Taughannock Blvd. intersection through the construction of a new single span extending Taughannock Blvd. over the Cayuga Inlet to Taber Street.  The project will retain existing Brindley Street Bridge and south approach road for pedestrian and bike use.

6.    Zoning Appeals                                            8:25
•    #3024, Area Variance, 312-314 Spencer Rd.
•    #3025, Area Variance, 201 College Ave.
•    #3026, Area Variance, 125 Farm St.
•    #3027, Area Variance, 220 Cobb St.
•    #3028, Special Permit/Area Variance, 339 Center St.
•    #3029, Area Variance, 207 Grandview Ave.
•    #3030, Area Variance, 602 W. State St.
•    #3032, Area Variance, 121 W. Court St.
•    #3033, Sign Variance, 120 S. Aurora St.

7.    Old/New Business
A.  Chain Works District DGEIS — Updated Schedule & Special Meeting Schedule          8:35

8.    Reports
A.  Planning Board Chair (verbal)           8:40
B.  Director of Planning & Development (verbal)
C.  Board of Public Works Liaison (verbal)

9.    Approval of Minutes:  July 28, 2015, September 22, 2015, January 26, 2016, March 22, 2016, & April 24, 2016 (time permitting)         8:50

10.    Adjournment           8:51
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