Lebanon adopts new subdivision, land management laws

Over the past 18 months, the town of Lebanon Planning Board has worked on revising the Subdivision and Local Land Management Laws (LLML). After careful review and three public hearings, the town board and state Department of State have approved these revisions. Highlights of the changes are:

1. When a landowner decides to create one or more parcels from an existing parcel, an approved subdivision application is required prior to the sale or gifting of the property. A person selling an entire parcel to another person does not need to make application.

2. Lot re-alignment and lot merger require a subdivision application.

3. The new LLML includes description of approximately 50 land uses that may require a Special Use Permit.

4. There is a more precise definition of the agricultural subdivision waiver procedure.

5. The two-lot subdivision waiver has been eliminated.

6. There are now procedures and regulations concerning development of family or small cemeteries.

7. A Special Use Permit Application is required for the placement of a mobile home and may also require a Site Plan Application. As per current regulations, residents should keep in mind mobile homes older than 12 years may not be moved into the town of Lebanon.

8. There is a new fee structure for some applications.

Copies of these new local laws are available in print or via email through Town Clerk Lisa Thomas. To request a copy, call 837-4220.

Attorneys, bankers, surveyors and real estate offices in Hamilton, Earlville and Sherburne will receive copies of these two local laws.

Planning Board Chairman Gary Will said it is hoped this effort will assist residents when considering the transfer of land and changes in land use.

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