Public meetings set on revised Saranac Lake land-use code

SARANAC LAKE – A draft of the revised village land-use code has been released for public review, the village Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code Advisory Committee announced this week.

Copies are available for review at the village offices in the Harrietstown Town Hall at 39 Main St. and at the Saranac Lake Free Library at 109 Main St. The draft code is also available digitally on the village’s website at www.saranaclakeny.gov.

The committee also announced that a public input session will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and that a formal public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. the following Tuesday, June 24. Both meetings will be held in the library’s Cantwell Room. The draft will then be referred to the village board for consideration and action.

The revised draft of the zoning code is the culmination of a nearly seven-year effort to update the village Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code. The new Comprehensive Plan was adopted in April of last year and guided the updates for the land-use code. The committee assigned to oversee both the update of the plan and the zoning code is a group of volunteer residents appointed by the village board that has worked diligently, sometimes meeting once a week for months at a time to update both documents.

The draft code attempts to bring zoning requirements in line with the comprehensive plan. The core elements of zoning relating to the zoning districts and allowed uses remain basically unchanged. The new code attempts to provide more detail and definition regarding the uses that are allowed.

Additionally, the document is the “Unified Development Code,” meaning that several previously separate and individual codes relating to land development, such as subdivision regulations and flood damage prevention, are now included within one code. The intent is to improve the efficiency of code administration while making the regulations easier to understand and follow.

Questions and comments regarding the draft code should be directed to Community Development Director Jeremy Evans at 518-891-4150, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake, NY 12983, or comdev@saranaclakeny.gov.