County gives nod to new Perth zoning law update

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Board on Tuesday recommended town of Perth officials accept a new draft version of an updated town zoning law.

County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said Wednesday that county planning members always believe such changes by towns that are “well thought-out” are “good for the community.”

As required by state General Municipal Law, the county board on Tuesday at the Fort Johnstown Annex conducted a review of Perth’s new draft zoning law. The Town of Perth Zoning Commission on July 17 completed work on updating the existing zoning law, which was adopted in January 2002. Perth’s Comprehensive Plan was adopted on Nov. 7, 2013, and the zoning commission had been working on an update since January 2014.

Highlights of the plan include having administrative procedures and enforcement provisions updated and clarified.

There are currently these six uses specifically prohibited in the existing zoning law: commercial landfills, burn plants, prisons, land spreading of septic or grease, junkyards, and mining operations in the commercial district. All of these uses are still prohibited under the proposed draft zoning law, with pet cemeteries added.

Regulations concerning planned unit developments, Zoning Board of Appeals’ procedures and Planning Board procedures have been removed from the new document. Such procedures are already outlined in the state’s town laws.

Regulations regarding signage in Perth have been consolidated, and a schedule of parking regulations was added to compliment the zoning use table.

Site plan review procedures were amended to follow the current town Planning Board process. Special permit procedures were expanded significantly to allow for a greater variety of uses throughout the community, as long as certain conditions are met. Supplementary regulations were added, including a detailed procedure for regulating telecommunication towers.

Solar farm regulations were added to the draft zoning law.

Also, a local law from 2006 regarding adult use businesses was incorporated directly into the new zoning law.

∫In another county review, Geraghty said the board ruled no regional impact for a site plan for an asphalt plant under review by the Broadalbin Town Planning Board. In remaining neutral, he said the board will send a letter noting a sole concern about dust.

“The only issue was we talked about was potential dust impacting the solar farm on adjacent property,” Geraghty said.

Geraghty said Empire Paving LLC wishes to construct an asphalt plant on a 34-acre parcel along Route 29 in the town of Broadalbin. The project will include an access driveway off of Route 29, material storage areas, and stormwater management infrastructure. The actual asphalt plant will be located about 800 to 900 feet off of a Route 29 right-of-way.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at