By Jann Wiswall
The Town of Ellicottville’s Planning Board is preparing to post all applications and forms related to zoning and planning on the town website within a month or so. The effort was initiated by Town Planner Carol Horowitz, who drafted revised forms for the board’s review.
Horowitz noted at the planning board’s meeting on Monday, April 22, that she and other local officials receive many requests each month for the forms. Currently, residents and business owners must pick them up at the town’s Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer’s office or, if possible, have them faxed to them.
“We want to make it easier for people to do business with Ellicottville,” Horowitz commented after the meeting. Having them easily accessible on the website will be more efficient and convenient for all involved, she added.
Members of the planning board, which reviewed the draft forms, complimented Horowitz on the comprehensiveness and readability of the revised documents and authorized her to complete and finalize the forms and forward them to the town clerk who will have them posted on the website.
In other business, the planning board considered a special use permit application from resident Patrick Burke, who plans to finish the second floor of his home as an accessory apartment. The board agreed that the plan met all requirements and scheduled a public hearing for its May 20 meeting.
Coincidentally, during its review of the Burke plan, the board noticed some lot line issues related to an adjoining property; Horowitz and Town Engineer Mark Alianello were asked to address these issues before the next meeting.