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Evans looks at town code

EVANS — Sections of the town of Evans code will soon see a face-lift, as the planning board has recommended a number of changes and revisions.

The town code sections set to be updated are Section 8.2, rural agriculture district; Section 9, rural residential district; Section 17, provisions applicable to all residential districts; Section 29, sign regulations and Section 45, special use permits.

“With assistance from the senior code enforcement officer, we have drafted revisions to the above-referenced town code sections and recommend the following revisions to various sections of the zoning code,” Director of Planning Sandra Brant wrote in a letter addressed to the town board.

The proposed revisions and additions are, Sections 200-8.2 C. (8) (a) [2] and 200-9 C. (3) (a) [2]: “From any lot line: 20 feet,” Sections 200-8.2 C. (8) (b) [2] and 200-9 C. (3) (b) [2]: “From any lot line: 5 feet,” Section 200-17 (A) to insert “(2) Building on existing lots of record. Where a building already exists in the R-1, R1-L and R-2 districts, the required front yard setback shall be at the existing building line and no building shall be closer to the front lot line,” Section 200-29 I. (1) (d) [3] [c]: “Manual changeable message signs shall not constitute greater than 60 percent of the total sign face area of a free-standing sign, up to a maximum size of 18 square feet and Section 200-45 F.: “The following provisions shall apply: (1) A fee shall be paid at the time of the making of any application for any special use permit required by this chapter, (2) If an amendment to the special use permit is required, the permit holder shall submit a new application and pay a special use permit amendment fee, (3) The fees required upon the application for the issuance of any special use permit or the amendment thereof, shall be those set for such purposes by resolution of the town board from time to time made and adopted.”

A public hearing on the proposed code revisions will be held July 16 at 7:10 p.m.

“I know there have been some concerns with some of the town code as written, in terms of them being business-friendly,” said Supervisor Keith Dash.

“I just wanted to publicly thank Sandra Brant and Charles LaBarbera, for coming up with and working on these revisions. I know that that was sort of a task the town board had given you and we look forward to giving you more business-friendly, user-friendly and easier interpreted laws. Thank you.”

The town board is also considering an amendment to the town code Chapter 200, so as to provide for the raising of chickens on certain residential zoned parcels.

An additional public hearing to consider the code revision to Chapter 200 will be held July 17.

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