Crawford to change used car lot definition

By Laura Fitzgerald
Posted 6/25/19

The Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing on a local law that will insert the definition of used car sales into the town code.

Currently, town code has no definition for used car sales. The …

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Crawford to change used car lot definition

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The Town of Crawford will hold a public hearing on a local law that will insert the definition of used car sales into the town code.


Currently, town code has no definition for used car sales. The new definition excludes the sale of salvage vehicles and vehicles not in running condition from the definition of used car sales.


The new definition for used car sales will be defined in the town code as “the sale of used vehicles, whether or not in conjunction with the sale of new vehicles, but excluding the sale of salvage vehicles, vehicles with a salvage title and vehicles not in running condition when delivered to the site of the used car sales.”


Town Supervisor Charles Carnes said the definition clarifies the zoning law so that there is no gray area between used car sales and junkyards. Junkyards are prohibited in the town and are defined in the town code.


Carnes said he wanted to avoid the problems neighboring towns have had with applications that had ambiguous uses, angering nearby residents who perceived the projects as junkyards. BHT-Montgomery, a proposed 118-acre car lot in the Town of Montgomery, recently withdrew its application after fierce opposition from residents.


“We want to make sure we’re clear in our zoning so we don’t get the same thing,” Carnes said.


The public hearing for the local law will be at town hall, 121 NYS Route 302, at 7:15 p.m. on July 16.

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