Note the meeting will be at the Firehouse, not Village Hall. See you there!
Here’s the DRAFT agenda for tomorrow’s Planning Board meeting, July 27.
Here’s an article about density, NIMBY/YIMBY/QIMBY, density bonusing, and a broad approach to city planning and development. It’s about Vancouver, CA, but includes perspectives and approaches that might work anywhere.
Now there are two candidates for our District 5 seat, Keith Hannon and Anne Koreman, Jim Dennis has dropped out.
The election is November 7. Also that day, according to the calendar linked below, the Town of Ulysses will be voting on:
2 Town Councilpersons
Update: Jim Dennis has suspended his campaign, leaving 2 candidates, Keith Hannon and Anne Koreman.
Tompkins County has its own legislature, and there are currently 3 candidates running to represent District 5, which includes Trumansburg, the town of Ulysses, and parts of the towns of Enfield and Ithaca. They are being interviewed tonight in Ithaca, 6:30pm, at GIAC (Greater Ithaca Activity Center), 301 Court St, corner of Albany St.
From the Ithaca Voice:
Current representative: Jim Dennis
Seeking re-election? Yes.
- Keith Hannon — Ithaca College alumnus runs for District 5 Tompkins County legislator
- Anne Koreman — Tompkins Legislature candidate Anne Koreman plans to fight ‘assault on working families’
The Village Board voted July 10 to start the process for a new law to create 2 alternate members each for the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals (4 total).
Here are the state of New York rules on drafting laws, starting on page 10:
You can be thinking about whether you want to volunteer!
There are two meetings tomorrow, Monday, July 10, at the Village Hall (parking lot next to the Episcopal church and across the way by the old post office).
6pm: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting
Requests for variances (exceptions) from our zoning regulations are made here, and either approved or denied.
Current Trumansburg zoning allows “care cottages” in someone’s back yard, to allow families to house aging parents close by. They need to be temporary and removed after they’re no longer needed.
There’s a house on Whig St that has one, which was built as a permanent structure and grandfathered in as a care cottage. They want a zoning variance to convert it to a secondary dwelling unit, so it can be rented out. The lot size is about 11,000 sq ft, so it’s not to current code even for one dwelling (minimum lot size 15,000 sq ft). Two dwellings require a lot size of 22,500 sq ft.
This particular variance request may set a precedent, in the direction of increasing density. Converting a care cottage to a secondary dwelling, particularly on a lot that’s already out of compliance, would create a loophole that circumvents our density regulations.
There should be an opportunity for the public to provide input at the meeting.
7pm: Village Board of Trustees meeting
There currently isn’t an agenda item directly related to Hamilton Square, but items can be brought up under New Business or Old Business without being on the agenda.
Indirectly related is an agenda item about a Planning Board alternate (the Planning Board determines whether Hamilton Square goes forward). Also indirectly related is an item about adding new member from the community to the zoning revision committee.
While there are other agenda items that are relatively mundane, personally I find it interesting to learn more about all aspects of village management. Hope to see you there!