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Evans implements new local laws

EVANS — The Evans Town Board voted unanimously to implement changes to a number of sections of town code, following a public hearing at its July 16 meeting.

Local Law No. 3, Miscellaneous Revisions to Town Code, amends Section 8.2, Rural Agriculture District (R-A); Section 9, Rural Residential District (R-R); Section 17, Provisions applicable to all residential districts; Section 29, Sign Regulations and Section 45, Special Use Permits.

“Most of these revisions deal with zoning and are to clear up some misquotes and definitions,” Supervisor Keith Dash said.

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.”

Director of Planning Sandra Brant explained the necessity of the code revisions.

“The first two revisions are to clear up a typo where things were flip-flopped for a setback,” Brant said. “Number three is to clear up many variances for the Zoning Board of Appeals that are usually always granted for existing lots of record or front setbacks. The fourth is again a typo for the manual changeable message signs – the face area of the sign is so small that you could only have one line in the sign, so we are enlarging that to make it more reasonable. And the last one is probably the most important one because that is the one involving the special use permit process, in order to make it less cumbersome, less expensive for the town and for the applicants. And we are still able to have proper enforcement in the same way as before, so this is something that makes life easier for everyone, all the way around.”

The new local law is effective immediately.

In other board matters:

– Peter DelPrince was appointed as a part-time laborer at a rate of $12.50 per hour.

– The board passed a resolution urging the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to revoke or deny any permit granted or under consideration to Quasar Energy Group allowing “equate,” a material derived from sewage, to be spread on farmland within Erie, Wyoming and Niagara Counties.

– A letter of recognition was read from Evans Police Chief Ernest Masullo to the officers that who worked at the Fourth of July festivities this year.

– A public hearing will be held Aug. 13 at 7:10 p.m. to discuss Proposed Local Law No. 5 of 2014, rezoning the corner of Route 20 and Versailles from Rural Agricultural to Light Industrial, for the purpose of expanding the Buffalo Auto Auction.

– The new electronic waste shed is up and running and is fully functional at the town highway garage.

The next Evans town board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13.


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