Lenox: Zone changes on Canal Road

Lenox board Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica sat with members of the audience on Aug. 11 as the board discussed a zone change request on property owned by DiVeronica and members of his family.

DiVeronica asked the board to change the zoning on Canal Road, just east of the village past the VFW post home from an AR (agriculture-residential) to an RB (residential-business). DiVeronica said the plan is to subdivide 4.34 acres to 1.06 acre lots for the purpose of building four 2,500 to 3,000 square feet single family dwellings. He said the plan is to install sewer lines to the homes instead of septic systems.

"The planning board recommended an RB zone," DiVeronica said. "They will approve it under the circumstances."

Circumstances that the deed will convey there is to be no businesses or multi-family homes built on the property, he said.

"That is the only way we can get the sub-division," DiVeronica said.

DiVeronica said he's asking for the zone change because AR zoning requires two acres for building and RB does not.

The zoning around the DiVeronica property is AR and abuts up to village's RC zoning (recreation conservation). The DiVeronicas own about 150 acres of property in the area of Canal Road and Roberts Street.

Board members also had a copy of the State Environmental Quality Review in front of them that was performed on the property and decided to approve the zone change contingent on codes enforcement Officer Richard Stagnitti reviewing the SEQR.

After the public hearing, the board held its regular board meeting. DiVeronica said a letter from Francis Duncan was addressed to the board asking for a "hardship" to build a garage on Lewis Point Road. The board had previously told Duncan that town code states a house must reside on the property before a garage can be built.

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