Last Updated On:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Project Summary

Application Type: Area Variance #30-2012: Applicant: Laphatt Holdings, Inc.; Agent: Jon Lapper – Van Dusen & Steves; Location of Property: 513 Canada Street; Tax Map #: 251.10-1-16; Zoning Classification: RH; Project Description: Proposing 12 townhouse units where 5 are allowed requesting a 7 unit variance.  Proposing 27.5’ stream setback for stormwater infiltration device where 100’ is required; requesting 72.5 ft. where 100’ is required.

Application Type: Sketch Plan Application presented at the June 2012 Planning Board meeting.  Area variance: Location of Property: 513 Canada Street; Tax Map #: 251.10-1-16; Lot Size: 2.08 acres; Zoning Classification: RH; Project Description: To construct 7 (2 story multi-family dwellings: 3 townhouses will be in the Town’s 2.37 acres and 4 townhouses will be in the Village’s 1.5 acres (with 4 units in each townhouse). The total project will consist of 14 units with 2 bedrooms and 14 units with 3 bedrooms.  TLG parcel would require a variance for 6 of the 12 proposed townhouses based on zoning and a 72.5 ft variance for stormwater management infiltration within 100 ft of English Brook.

Waterkeeper Perspective

The Waterkeeper has several concerns regarding the proposed project located adjacent to English Brook, specifically maximizing the number of proposed units (300% variance requested) resulting in excess disturbance and clearing, potential adverse environmental effects due to significant grading and proposed 10ft cuts, removal of most of the mature vegetation, and concerns regarding the efficacy of the proposed stormwater management.

Waterkeeper Comments

See comment letter to the Town of Lake George Zoning Board Appeals for September 2012 and January and February 2013.

Next Meeting

The Zoning Board of Appeals discussed this application for the first time at the Sept 2012 ZBA meeting.  The proposed stormwater management (SWM) within 28ft of English Brook will be discussed by the applicant's engineer at the next ZBA meeting (not yet on the agenda).  One ZBA Board member suggested that the proposed SWM adjacent to English Brook be relocated away from the stream on the VLG parcel (which would require a reduction of one of the proposed townhouses within the VLG). On January 17, 2013 the ZBA approved the TLG parcel with 2 buildings/4 units each for a total of 8 townhouse units (12 townhouse units (3 buildings) were requested/6 townhouse units are permitted in this zone without a variance).  Site Plan Review in both the Town and Village of Lake George will follow.

Related Town

Waterkeeper Comments Document

Project Address

513 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845