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Yates planners support business

PENN YAN—Operating business legally was one of the referrals considered by members of the Yates County Planning Board during their May 27 meeting.
Operating a business involves numerous regulations and one Rushville businessman attended the May 27 meeting of the Yates County planning board to talk with the group about a regulation he didn’t know about when he began his used car sales business in the village three years ago. The specific reason Jacob Provoost attended the meeting was to speak about a referral made in which he requested two use variances that would allow him to operate a new/used car sales lot and to erect a temporary office in connection with that business. In the process, Provoost learned that the type of business he had been operating was not allowed under village code.
Planning board member Judy Wiltberger said she was disappointed with the village because they allowed Provoost to operate the business for three years without enforcing the village code. Although the board voted eight to three in favor of the variances, board chairman James Ritter said the final decision will be up to Rushville.
A referral from the town of Milo that would allow a local law establishing a 12 month moratorium on approval of Major subdivision applications was approved with one dissenting vote. Following the meeting, Potter representative Sandy King said she had voted no because she doesn’t believe in moratoriums. A moratorium may be enforced for a limited period to allow a municipality time to study the matter. During that time no permits may be issued for major subdivisions in the town.
Penn Yan Village Recreation Director Dan Doyle presented details of the 2010 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which took portions from the original 2001 Master Plan. One change was reworking of priorities, according to Doyle. In response to a question about whether it makes sense to upgrade the smaller parks in the village, such as Larham’s, Doyle said, “The playground side is almost a top priority. Obesity is a big problem. People won’t walk. It’s important to upgrade these neighborhood playgrounds.” The plan was approved.
Yates County Planning Board has representatives from nearly every municipality in the county as well as some at large members. One of their functions is to consider referrals that fall under General Municipal Law 239 to determine if the proposed action has an impact on Yates County. These referrals are related to land use issues.
Board members are volunteers and must undergo training each year. In the event the group determines a proposed project could have a negative impact on the county, they may not approve it. In that case, a vote of majority plus one, or super majority, by the referring municipality can overturn the decision of the county board.

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