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Planning Board – May 2022

May 11, 2022

The Clermont Planning Board held its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:30pm at the Town Hall. Those in attendance were Mary Howard, Jennifer Phillips, Ron Miller, Nathan Hempel, and Tom Jantzen. Matthew Griesemer, Attorney for the Town, was also in attendance.

In the absence of Larry Saulpaugh, Mary Howard led the meeting.

A moment of silence was held for Clayton Andrus.

After review of the April 13, 2022 minutes, a motion was made by Nathan Hempel, seconded by Tom Jantzen, to approve the minutes. All in favor. So carried.

Motion was made by Ron Miller, seconded by Tom Jantzen, to close the regular meeting and open the Public Hearing for Joyful Acres. All in favor. So carried.

Joyful Acres, 485 Lasher Road, Tax Map ID# 200.-1-1.200, represented by Andy Diddio of Taconic Engineering, came before the Board with a request of modifications for the previously approved Site Plan. The proposal would be for the addition of a 15’x25’ farm stand and a building for storage. A sign on the roadway would be illuminated and turned off at 11:00pm. Motion was made by Tom Jantzen, seconded by Nathan Hempel, to close the Public Hearing and return to the regular meeting. All in favor. So carried. Questions from the public were presented by Nancy Flannery, Belinda Casivant, and Terry O’Keefe. Andy Diddio explained the hours of operation and the automated system for self serve. Matthew Griesemer read SEQRA. Conditions for approval would include approval by the Clermont ZBA, County approval based on 239M review, limit the hours of operation from 5am to 11pm with lights from the building and sign being turned of at 11pm. Motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Ron Miller, to approve the modification of the Site Plan given the conditions as stated. All in favor. So carried.

Southwood Property LLC, 726 Woods Road, represented by Mitchell Khosrova, came before the Board regarding complaints and violations of their previously approved Site Plan. Matthew Griesemer explained procedurally coming before the Planning Board is uncommon and the reason is to discuss complaints and discuss the details which were agreed upon at the time of the Site Plan approval. The original details were a limit of 10 events per year with a maximum of 150 guests per event. The events would end at 10:30pm, there would be no fireworks and the other homes on the property would not be rented for the events. Mitchell Khosrova stated the owners were under the impression they’re not held to a limit of 150 guests. There already are contracts for 2022 and would like to address the limit as well as fireworks which would end at 10:30pm. Bon fires would be reduced to fire pits. It was also stated the pool is enclosed with a fence. The previously required safety fence for the bluff will be 10’ from the bluff and removable when not needed. Currently tiki torches with a string of lights between them is being used at the bluff. The owners have corrected the event end time on the website from 11:00pm to 10:30pm. Noise and music was addressed as the primary issue from the complaints. It was suggested by the Board to turn the speakers and stage away from the river. Only professional fireworks will be conducted and will end at 10:30. The owner would like to increase the guest limit to 200 and have the end time extended to 11:00. The applicant will need to return before the Planning Board for a Site Plan modification.

Lindsay Shultz, 83 Nevis Road, Tax Map # 191.4-1-42, came before the Board seeking a minor subdivision for 5.8 acres with an existing house, to be subdivided to 2 parcels. Parcel A with the existing house would be 2.001 acres and Parcel B would be 3.211 acres. The applicant will return with a completed application and the required information added to the map.

Bruce Potts, 57 Banks Lane, Tax ID #180.-1-5.5, represented by Belinda Casivant, with an application for an accessory apartment. The applicant will return with a completed map.

With no further business, a motion was made by Jennifer Phillips, seconded by Ron Miller, to adjourn. All in favor. So carried. The meeting adjourned at 9:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Desiree M. Webber, Secretary