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Seminars set on land use

June 25, 2008
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Planning Board will sponsor four state-led land use training workshops Nov. 6 at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Some details of the workshops were released at the board's meeting last week at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

County Senior Planner Sean M. Geraghty confirmed Tuesday most of the details are now finalized.

The day of workshops will be conducted for free by the state Department of State's Division of Local Government Services. They will be geared toward members of planning boards and other local officials, but anyone may attend.

The topics will be "Community Design Tools: Taking Control of Your Community's Character," "Enforcement of Zoning and Other Local Laws," "Living Above the Store and Revitalizing Downtown" and "Municipal Regulation of Windmills."

'Technical difficulties'

In other business last week, Geraghty told the board he doesn't have an answer yet whether Fulton County can put a state report on its Web site.

Geraghty said he talked to county Administrative Officer Jon R. Stead about the request, which was made by the board May 20, to post the state Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness' 21st Century Local Government report the county site.

Geraghty said he wrote Stead to ask if there's a process for getting information placed on the site or putting links on it. He said Stead responded June 2, saying there are "technical difficulties" with the county Web site. He said the Planning Board will have to wait until Information Services Director Tony Basile is able to address the technical issues before the report can be displayed or linked. The county Web site address is

Geraghty said the state report outlines numerous local government structures in New York state and the tax implications that result from what it describes as an excessive layering of governments. He said the report breaks down several categories of recommendations from the commission.

Geraghty also asked board members if they think a report sent to the state Department of Transportation need to be re-examined.

The first priority listed in the 2006 report is the intersection of Routes 30A and 67 in the city of Johnstown. The report said the intersection is congested at peak traffic times, and the "geometry" of the intersection makes turning difficult.

"I think it's still the biggest issue," Geraghty said. "Friday afternoons are unbelievable."

Since the report was filed, the state has started planning a major construction project with a roundabout at the intersection.

Board members said no major changes need to be made to the report.



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