The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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June 29, 2012

Crossborderissues

Medina Journal-Register — The Orleans County Planning Board tackled a pair of jurisdictional entanglements Thursday in addition to reviewing a series of plans for special use permits for businesses and recommending approval of a planned wind turbine on a Yates farm.

The board tabled a recommendation on the rezoning of a Million Dollar Highway property that was sent to the county by Ridgeway earlier this month, citing a lack of clarity on whether the property is adjacent to the zoning designation it’s owners seek to join.

11773 Million Dollar Highway sits in a light industrial district, but the property has a house and agricultural fields that have been in place for generations. Ron and Sharon Schimmel said earlier this month that they are requesting a change to rural residential status, as their efforts to sell the property are hindered by the current zoning. Banks are unwilling, they said, to offer a housing loan for a residence in an industrial area.

Ridgeway’s town board supported the move, but the planning board’s maps have the property surrounded by the light industrial zone on three sides and a general business zone to the south. Senior Planner Jim Bensley said that a non-contiguous rezoning would be spot zoning, but it’s possible that the rezoning of two parcels next to the property could alleviate that issue.

Planning Board Chairman Brian Napoli, also the Supervisor of Ridgeway, said a rezoning of the extra parcels would be fine with the town, which underwent a similar process for a business area on Ridge Road.

But the whole issue could be moot. Bensley said the planning department’s zoning map may be in error, as it appears to contradict Ridgeway’s records.

In the case of a proposed garage on East State Street, the issue lies more with municipal lines than zoning districts.

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