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Planners need more from Mahoneys

Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Updated: 10:55 PM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- The Indian Lake Planning Board had a light schedule when it met Wednesday, Aug. 6, and took some time to plan ahead after a short review of a pending subdivision request.

George and Mary Mahoney submitted an application for a subdivision that will, if approved, add a small section of land from a neighbor to their property on West Main Street.

The board agreed the application is almost complete, but required the Mahoneys to provide it with a survey map and a letter from the neighboring property owner stating willingness to transfer the land to them.

Once these two conditions are met, the board will rule the application complete and schedule a public hearing on the request.


Having determined what is needed on the Mahoney request, the board turned its attention to itself. The members agree they should update themselves on the technical aspects of their duties to the public by taking a course on them.

It has been more than five years since board members last availed themselves of the training provided by the New York State Division of Local Government Services. Several members are new and haven't had any formal training.

The basic course provided online and as a download addresses the powers and duties of town, village, and city planning boards and commissions. The administrative and regulatory roles of the planning board, including its review of site plans, special use permits, and subdivision plans and maps are discussed, along with the planning board's role in the municipal comprehensive plan.

The importance of board procedures, referral to the county planning agency, and making findings are also covered.

No date was set to start the training, but the members agreed they could meet half an hour before the start of their monthly meetings to take the course.

The Indian Lake Planning Board will next meet Wednesday, Sept. 3, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.


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