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Yates approves Milo slopes law

    PENN YAN—Milo’s proposed steep slopes law was approved by the Yates County Planning Board on Thursday, March 22. 

    The purpose of this law is to maintain steeply sloped areas in order to protect the natural terrain of that land. Milo originally approved to refer the legislation to the county planning board last December. However, the town board decided to repeal the law last month to make some amendments upon hearing suggestions from members of the public, along with the soil and water committee in Milo. 

    One of the changes made was establishing that any land with a slope greater than 15 percent must grounded. The law originally claimed a slope must be grounded if it is equal to or higher than 15 percent. Another change was made to the section of the legislation which stated proposing development where a slope has area of disturbance less than 1,000 feet is illegal. That number has been raised to 1,500 feet. 

    County Planner Shawna Bonshak said she had spoken with the soil and water committee in Milo prior to Thursday’s meeting. She noted members of the group felt the amendments made to the regulations addressed any previous concerns that were issued after the law was initially proposed. 

    In other business:

    • Brian Zerges, owner of the Best Western Vineyard Inn & Suites in Penn Yan, was approved to make two area variances within the hotel’s vicinity. One of the changes is to remove the fence that stands between the hotel and the house Zerges owns at 110 Brown St. In place of the fence, Zerges said he intends to grow roses to serve as a buffer zone between the two properties. He explained the fence did not look very attractive which is why he wanted to make that change. Zerges was also given approval to eliminate two parking spaces outside of the hotel to add an outdoor patio for guests. He noted no handicapped parking space would be lost with this variance. 

    • Johannes Reinhart was given approval by the plan board to build and operate a farm winery at the corner of Larzelere and Route 14 in the town of Torrey. 

    • The board approved Adam Folts to construct and operate a winery at 2939 Williams Road in Jerusalem. 

    • John and Jane Mosser were approved to continue running a bed and breakfast house at 3066 West Lake Road in Jerusalem.




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