By Caitlin Croft
The June 2018 meeting of the Ellicottville Village Planning Board opened with an architectural review of 21 Elizabeth St. This is regarding a garage renovation and a second story will be added. This will consist of one bedroom, sitting room and bathroom. Because there is no kitchen and there is access via stairs to the first floor of the garage, it best fits the definition of a lock out room. This does not require a public hearing, but notices were sent to the neighbors. All set backs have been met but two and the Zoning Board of Appeals granted two variances for the garage. They asked the applicant to move the garage 5 feet east and 4 feet north so that it matches the existing rear line of the garage. The board discussed how if this were to be rented, it would need a special use permit, but at this time, the applicant will keep it for personal use. This is a Type 2 Action under the State Environment Quality Review and requires no referral to the County Planning Board. There was a motion to determine this is a Type 2 Action under SEQR and requires no further action; there was a second and ayes carried. There was a motion to approve the Architectural Design with the condition that at this time the lock out room cannot be used for rental purposes; there was a second and ayes carried.
Next was three sign permits. The first was an off premise sign for the Silver Fox. There were concerns regarding the jersey barrier that was proposed by the applicant to deter trucks from hitting the sign. The board asked the applicant if they could install balusters instead but the applicant voiced concerns that trucks cut the corner there and if they are damaged he would be continuously repairing them. This brought up a larger issue of deterring the trucks from cutting that corner as they deliver to the local merchants. With the new Town/Village Engineer, the board decided he would come up with the best solution to protect the sign and deter the trucks. There was a motion to approve the sign as presented with the condition that a working solution is reached to fix the jersey barrier with a planter that would deter trucks; there was a second and ayes carried.
Flowers off the Farm, located in the old Ellicottville Inn building at 10 Washington St., applied for a hanging sign permit. All requirements have been met— there was a motion to approve; a second and ayes carried.
Gowanda Harley Davidson also applied for a hanging sign permit. This sign would hang from the current brackets that are on the building. There was a motion to approve; a second and ayes carried.
There was a motion to adjourn the meeting; a second and ayes carried. The next meeting of the Village Planning Board will be Tuesday, July 10 at 5:30 p.m.