West Seneca Planning Board Meeting Minutes 01/18/2006
Chairman Joseph Ciancio called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. followed by the Pledge to the Flag.
ROLL CALL: Present -
Robert Niederpruem Jr.
Edwin P. Hunter
William P. Czuprynski, Code Enforcement Officer
Paul Notaro, Deputy Town Attorney
Absent - None
Chairman Ciancio read the Fire Prevention Code instructing the public where to exit in case of a fire or other emergency.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2006
Motion by Greenan, unanimous second, that the West Seneca Planning Board officers remain the same for the year 2006.
APPROVAL OF PROOFS OF PUBLICATION
Motion by Rathmann, seconded by Mendola, to approve the proofs of publication and posting of legal notice.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion by Greenan, seconded by Niederpruem, to approve Minutes #2005-11 of December 21, 2005.
NEW BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
Motion by Greenan, seconded by Rathmann, to open the public hearing.
Chairman Ciancio stated that along with the application the Planning Board had received a survey, a site plan, and a short environmental assessment form.
Phillip Hauenstein, 49 Boynton Avenue, stated his request to add a fourth unit to the existing three-family structure. The second floor of the building was currently one unit, but there were two kitchens. Mr. Hauenstein was proposing to convert the second floor into two units and had removed two passageways between where the units would be divided. There would be no addition to the size of the structure.
Mr. Greenan noted that the property did not currently have a special permit for the third unit.
Mr. Hauenstein stated that when he purchased the property last year he was told by the seller and the realtor that the property was zoned for three units. He had not received anything from the town.
Chairman Ciancio questioned the size of the units.
Mr. Hauenstein responded that the three-bedroom unit in the lower front was 1250 square feet, the two-bedroom unit in the lower rear was 800 square feet, the three-bedroom unit in the upper front was 1200 square feet, and the studio apartment he proposed for the upper rear was 750 square feet. The entire building was over 4500 square feet. A variance would be required for the bulk area.
Mr. Mendola questioned the layout of the parking area and how people would get from the rear of the property to the entranceway with cars parked where the sidewalk is.
Mr. Hauenstein responded that the sidewalk was just an extension of the driveway. People would be able to walk up the driveway to the entranceway.
Mr. Greenan questioned what other variances were required.
Mr. Hauenstein understood that the only variance he needed was for the bulk area.
Mr. Rathmann stated that the Zoning Ordinance required multi-family dwellings to have a 30-foot driveway. If the driveway was divided by a median, each segment had to be 20 feet wide. The width of the driveways on the plan submitted was only 11 feet and 10 feet. The size of parking spaces had to be 9’ x 18’.
Mr. Hauenstein stated that he had no problem taking the median out to enlarge the driveway.
Motion by Greenan, seconded by Mendola, to close the public hearing.
Motion by Greenan, seconded by Mendola, to recommend denial of the request for a special permit for property located at 49 Boynton Avenue, being part of Lot No. 4, changing its classification from R-50 to R-50(S), to add a fourth unit to the existing three-family structure, based on the lack of bulk area, parking, side yards, and front and rear setbacks.
On the question, Mr. Greenan stated that although the original building was built before the Zoning Ordinance was in effect, when the Zoning Ordinance was adopted in 1963 it was only legal for two units on this property.
Motion by Greenan, seconded by Rathmann, to adjourn the meeting at 07:45 P.M.
PATRICIA C. DEPASQUALE, RMC/CMC