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Chatham grants two hardship waivers for dirt-road projects


CHATHAM–The Town Board has granted two hardship waivers for projects proposed on two different dirt roads.

The board has maintained a moratorium–now in place for more than two years–prohibiting new construction on properties served by unpaved town roads. The moratorium will remain in effect until the Town Board completes its review of proposed changes to the town’s Comprehensive Plan, which could affect zoning regulations on structures along the 57.5 miles of dirt roads in the town.

But the moratorium does allow for exemptions based on hardships, and two applicants–Flying Deer Nature Center and Jeanne Laskin on Daly Road, and David and Erika Santoro on Dorland Road–applied for hardship waivers so that their projects can proceed to the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and Planning Board for review.

Last Thursday, April 6, the Town Board granted both applicants partial waivers. The applicants will need to come back to the Town Board for final approval on their projects if they receive approval from the ZBA and Planning Board. Town Supervisor Maria Lull and all four board members voted in favor of Daly Road application. Councilman John Wapner was the only board member who voted against the Dorland Road waiver.

(Read the entire story in the April 13 print edition of The Columbia Paper.)

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