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Positive recommendation passed on to Evans Town Board to rezone Hogg property

The rezoning of the Hogg property on Erie Road in Evans appears to be on its way to fruition.

Owner Marguerite Hogg is requesting that three parcels of her property, all on Erie Road (Route 5), be rezoned to general business.

Currently the land at 8746 Erie Road is neighborhood business and the change to general business would allow the operation of a landscaping business and a restaurant.

The property at 8930 Erie Road is zoned mobile home residential-5 and has a building on site which houses the Melody Meadows Estates mobile home park office and a hair salon.

The change to general business will allow the operation of the hair salon, which currently in a non-conforming use.

The third location is vacant land/mobile home sales lot to be rezoned from rural residential to general business. This lot has been used to display a model mobile home.

According to Sandra Brant, chair of the Evans Planning Board, this use of the property actually pre-dates the existing zoning and has been a non-conforming lot for years.

No building is planned for the lot at this time. “This is our chance to get these lots where they need to be,” Brant said at the Feb. 27, Evans Planning Board meeting.

Dean Hogg, representing the owner, his mother, said they want to bring all the properties into compliance.

Recently they remodeled the building at 8930 Erie Road and then rented a section out as a hair salon.

“We didn’t even think about zoning when we did it and we were surprised when we were later informed that the zoning we were in didn’t allow for that use,” Hogg said.

“Once we were made aware of the issue, we asked town officials what to do to rectify it and this is the answer. We want this to be right,” Hogg said.

After a brief discussion, the board passed a resolution recommending the rezoning to the Evans Town Board, who had scheduled a public hearing on the matter for Wednesday, March 6.

The reasoning behind the recommendation were:

• The action is consistent with the town’s comprehensive plan.

• The action is not expected to result in any significant adverse impacts.

• The rezoning action will not result in any changes to the character of the community.

The board also recommended the following condition be placed on the property if the rezoning is approved.

• Any future development of these lands to be rezoned are subject to site plan review and approval by the planning board and any landscaping shall follow the requirements of the Evans town code.

The board also reviewed the necessary applications, plans, environmental assessment forms for the State Environmental Quality Review. According to board members, they found no apparent significant environmental concern and based on that, they recommended to the town board to make a SEQR negative declaration for the project.

In other business the board reappointed Debra Wilson as secretary to the board and reappointed Wendel as the town’s consultants.
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