West Seneca Planning Board Meeting Minutes 09/11/2008
Chairman Robert Niederpruem called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. followed by the Pledge to the Flag.
ROLL CALL: Present -
Paul Notaro, Deputy Town Attorney
William P. Czuprynski, Code Enforcement Officer
Absent - Jim Rathmann
Chairman Robert Niederpruem read the Fire Prevention Code instructing the public where to exit in case of a fire or other emergency.
APPROVAL OF PROOFS OF PUBLICATION
Motion by Ciancio, seconded by Rathmann, to approve the proofs of publication and posting of legal notice.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion by Greenan, seconded by Mendola, to approve minutes from the special meeting of August 6, 2008.
Motion by Greenan, seconded by Ciancio, to approve Minutes #2008-08 of August 14, 2008.
NEW BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
Chairman Niederpruem stated that the business, Klocís Grove, was located in an R-90 district and the request for expansion should be presented to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a use variance prior to going before the Planning Board. However, the Planning Board would proceed with the meeting and discuss the project with Mr. Kloc.
Joseph Kloc, 1245 Seneca Creek Road, and Greg Schneider, an architect with Aurora Architectural, presented some additional renderings of the project. Mr. Schneider stated that the project involved 1770 square feet of new interior space, including an expanded lobby area, additional handicapped accessible bathrooms, a coat room and a small expansion to the existing garden room which is the smaller of the two banquet rooms. The existing entrance with the circle drive had a turning radius that was too tight for the typical limousine, so they were also proposing a new entrance with a covered carport that would be safer during the winter months with the snow and ice. A covered terrace area would also be added off the banquet room. Mr. Schneider considered these improvements an enhancement to the existing facility and noted that the new covered areas would be over existing paved areas. There was sufficient parking on site, so they were not proposing any additional. Mr. Schneider further noted that green space on site would be maintained at 82 percent even after the enhancements.
Mr. Mendola questioned if one of the fire chiefs had discussed this project with Mr. Schneider.
Mr. Schneider stated that they had discussed the project with Planning Consultant Sarah DesJardins and Fire Inspector John Gullo, and he indicated on the plans a fire lane for emergency equipment to access the building on three sides.
Mr. Mendola referred to the driveway on the east side going around the addition and questioned if there would be any problem enlarging that if the fire department requested it.
Mr. Schneider responded that he had met with one of the fire chiefs and the driveway was specified at 14 feet, but they requested it be increased to 16 feet to allow for access by a fire truck.
Mr. Mendola questioned how the fire company would get to a fire on the other side of the building where there was no fire lane. He considered this an important issue since there were no sprinklers in the building and no fire hydrants close to the building.
Mr. Schneider responded that this was a preliminary drawing and they did not know how far the green space would be extended, but they could leave the pavement where it was located.
Mr. Ciancio noted that according to Town Code they could not expand more than 25 percent.
Mr. Schneider stated that they had applied for a variance and it was scheduled to be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals at their September 24, 2008 meeting.
Mr. Greenan referred to the 12í privacy fence in front of Mrs. Klocís house and noted that only a 6í fence was allowed.
Mr. Schneider thought that the 12í referred to the width of the gate, not the height of the fence.
Code Enforcement Officer William Czuprynski referred to the new pavement area indicated on the plan as 102,700 sf for an increase of 12.8 percent. He further questioned whether NYS was contacted about fire protection.
Mr. Schneider stated that the figure listed was total pavement area at the completion of the project. Also, he had researched the code for an addition at a banquet facility of this size and type of construction. There would be a firewall separating the main banquet hall from the addition, and with one-story construction and the number of exits they had, up to 5500 sf was allowed without a sprinkler system.
Motion by Greenan, seconded by Sherman, to grant site plan approval for property located at 1245 Seneca Creek Road for a carport and exterior terrace, lobby addition, and green space enhancements, conditioned upon the Zoning Board of Appeals granting a use variance to expand in the residential district.
ADJOURNMENTMotion by Greenan, seconded by Nigro, to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 P.M.
PATRICIA C. DEPASQUALE, RMC/CMC