By Connor Linskey
The Town of Crawford Planning Board meeting on Dec. 9 will be busy, as three public hearings were set at the meeting on Nov. 12.
One public hearing from Nov. 12 was tabled for Dec. 9. This is in regards to Caroline Deligny’s application for a special use permit for a 60 foot by 140 foot pole barn for equipment storage on Stone Schoolhouse Road north of Petticoat Lane. This was rescheduled to Dec. 9 to allow for more time during the public hearing.
On Dec. 9, there will be a public hearing for New York State Solar and Thomas Smith’s application for a sight plan for a 9.81 kilowatt residential ground-mounted solar array on 163 Dunthorne Drive. Tate Lacy, representative for the applicant, noted that the solar array would be at the rear of the property and invisible from the road. The only concern he had was the close proximity of the adjacent neighbor to the solar array. Lacy will send a map to the planning board that shows where the neighbor’s homes are located.
“The lands are abutting but the houses are very well separated,” he said.
On a similar note, the planning board approved Empire Solar Solutions and Monica Wojcik’s site plan for a 33.5 kilowatt residential ground-mounted solar array on 5668 Searsville Road. The array will be split into two arrays of 50 panels each, accumulating a total square footage of 1,925. During the public hearing for the application on Nov. 12, Terry Potter, who lives next to the property, stated that he had no objections to the project.
Tami Cohen and Mary Grass’ application for a special use permit for a bed and breakfast inn and public wine bar at 85 Depot Street will be the subject of a public hearing on Dec. 9. The inn would feature three guest rooms and an owner’s suite. There would be four parking spaces as well as a garage.
Farmhood Fields, a regular applicant on the planning board agenda, also made an appearance on Nov. 12. The applicant’s attorney Richard Stolloff notified the planning board that they are in the process of updating their road plans. Their original plan called for all roads on the property to be paved, however they plan to have hard-packed gravel or tar-and-chip roads between the animal pens and the fields.
“Right now if I had to guess, maybe 50-50,” Project Engineer John Fuller said regarding the percentage of hard-packed gravel and paved roads. “The primary roads that have direct access to the public right of way certainly will be paved, once you get much more interior to the farm property, that’s where we would look to scale it back to more of a hard-packed or tar-and-chip surface.”
The proposed farm-to-table living community will seek final approval for a 31-lot subdivision on 330 Crans Mill Road at the planning board meeting on Dec. 9.