Skaneateles: Two local laws going to hearing

The Skaneateles Town Board is sending two new local laws to public hearing -- and once the board gets to the voting stage only one will be passed said Town Attorney Pat Sardino.

Introductory Local Law 2009-B will "transfer the review of major special permits from the town board to the planning board," said Supervisor Phil Tierney.

According to Tierney, the legislation has been requested by several people.

The introductory law was unanimously approved by the board to go to public hearing. Councilman Dave Laxton was absent from the meeting. The hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday July 16 at Town Hall.

Introductory Local Law 2009-C gives the board the option to send major special permits requests to the zoning board of appeals.

"The only difference between these two bills is that instead of giving authority to the planning board it would give authority to the zoning board of appeals," Tierney said.

Tierney and Councilwomen Ellen Kulik and Nancy Murray voted in favor of introducing the local law. Councilman Jim Greenfield voted against introducing it.

A public hearing has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday July 16 at Town Hall.

The two pieces of legislation give the town board a broader range of options when it comes time to decide which board will ultimately be the authority on major special permits, Tierney said.

Sardino said one law or the other would be adopted, not both.

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