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Panel neutral on self-storage business request

March 27, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Planning Board is staying neutral about a variance for a proposed commercial self-storage business just west of the Gloversville city line.

The county board conducted a state General Municipal Law review of a use variance request by Dean Fisher in the town of Johnstown. He has a request before the town Zoning Board of Appeals, proposing a commercial storage operation on the south side of Route 29A.

County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said Fisher wants to develop a "self-storage" business on his property, which is in what is zoned as an R-2 residential district.

"These things don't generate a whole lot of traffic," board Vice Chairman John Blackmon said of self-storage businesses.

No utilities are needed.

Board Licciardo said he didn't see "very many uses" otherwise for such property.

Even though the board saw no regional effect from the project, the board decided to stay out of the issue and sent a neutral ruling to the town ZBA.

Zoning change

In another matter, the board approved of a requested zoning change along Route 30 now before the Mayfield Town Board.

Robert Stone owns two parcels along the west side of Route 30, near Paradise Point and Ferguson roads. He asked the Town Board to change the zoning of his parcels from agricultural to commercial.

Geraghty said the parcels adjacent to Stone's property along Route 30 already are zoned commercial.

"It's currently commercial on both sides of it," said board member Michael Stewart. "It's just the one piece isn't commercial, in between these two parcels."

Geraghty said the Mayfield Town Planning Board already recommended approval of Stone's request to the Town Board based on the limited agricultural opportunities on the property, as well as wetlands.

"I think he has a lot of grandiose ideas," Geraghty said of Stone.

The county board approved the "commercial potential" of the property.

Regulations reviewed

The county board also reviewed revised land subdivision regulations before the Mayfield Town Board.

The revisions were proposed in an effort to clarify procedures before the Planning Board and to update the application process.

"They haven't been touched in about 10 years and they wanted to update them," he said.

The board voted to remain neutral and stay out of the land-regulation issue.

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