Meetings tomorrow (Monday, July 10)

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

This is the draft agenda:

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!

Nancy Tubbs

Major Development on the Horizon!

This is the flyer handed out in Trumansburg yesterday.  If you’d like more, email me at and I’ll get you more.

There is one date change (already!).  The developers were planning to submit a plan on July 13 and present it officially at the Village Planning Board meeting in July.  The developer has moved this to August.  There is still a Planning Board meeting in July, just not an official presentation from the developers.

There will still be a public community meeting July 13, where the developer will present their latest plans!!  Now the developer can incorporate feedback from this community meeting, as well as another round of Listening Sessions later in July, into their plans.  The community meeting is Thursday, July 13, 7-9pm, at the Conservatory (corner of Congress and McLallen Streets).

Links to pdf files for printing:

HS Development Info Flyer

Questions+Choices Flyer

flyer 1

flyer 2

flyer 3

Free Press/ write-up from Planning Board and Village Board meetings

Trumansburg Residents Want Answers to Hamilton Square Questions

The Village Board of Trustees has reached out to Brenner and INHS to offer a possible relationship. At the June 12 meeting of the trustees board member Rordan Hart argued that if the plan could move forward without tax payer money he would not have suggested the idea, but in order to build the necessary road through the property that will be given to the village the trustees might be involved in accessing state funds and it will then be maintained with tax payer money. Because of this situation, Hart argued the trustees should offer to work with the developers if they were open to the idea. It has been confirmed by INHS and Brenner that the representatives from the trustees will be sitting down with the developers to discuss how the two bodies can work together on this project, the trustees acting as representatives of their constituents who have voiced concerns.

Tonight’s Planning Board Mtg: developers off, big letter presented

The agenda for tonight’s Planning Board meeting has come out.

The developers will not be presenting.  However, a letter signed by 72 community members will be presented to the board.  And there is time set aside for both comments from the Planning Board chair, and for community comments and questions (3 minutes per person).

It should be a great opportunity to learn, ask questions, and to share thoughts and concerns. See you there!

Nancy Tubbs

Correction regarding May 31 meeting

The post regarding the May 31 Village board meeting has been corrected.

The meeting was announced with the appropriate timing and methods.  The village website post was revised on May 31 but the meeting was announced earlier.

Due to unforeseen and very unfortunate personal issues, the agenda was not prepared as thoroughly as it could have been, and normally is.

We regret making assumptions and will strive to do better.

Nancy Tubbs

Thursday Village Planning mtg with developers, plus Monday Village Board meeting (updated)

Monday, June 12, Village board meeting.

Thursday, June 15, Village planning meeting.  As of now, the developers are on the agenda; we understand they will show a revised sketch.

The format of community input will be different from the May 18 meeting. Each community member who wants to speak will have one turn of 3 minutes. The board and developers are not obliged to respond, but may if they choose.

We have no information about any other agenda items.