JULY 15, 2020
A regular meeting of the Village of Lakewood Planning Board was held July 15, 2020, at 7:00 PM, in the Board Room of the Anthony C. Caprino Municipal Building, 20 W. Summit Street, with Chairman Martin Idzik presiding. Board members present were Jeffrey Slater and John Jablonski, III. Also present were Village Clerk Mary B. Currie and Building Inspector Jeff Swanson.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Motion by John Jablonski, seconded by Jeffrey Slater to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting of the Planning Board held November 20, 2019.
Adopted: 3 ayes, no nays (Idzik, Slater, Jablonski)
SPECIAL USE PERMIT
SERVING OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
279 EAST FAIRMOUNT AVE.
Mr. Jimmy La, owner of Luxe Spa, 279 E. Fairmount Ave., N.Y., has submitted an application for a Special Use Permit regarding their desire to serve alcoholic beverages (beer, wine & cider) to patrons over the age of 21, as now permitted by New York State Law, at Luxe Salon & Spa.
Chairman Marty Idzik asked Mr. La if he would like to explain his request.
Mr. Jimmy La explained he would like to obtain a liquor license for his nail salon to be able to serve his clients a glass of wine or beer when receiving services, he indicated he would not be selling any liquor and that it will just be a free service offered.
Chairman Idzik asked Mr. La how long he has been at the location at 279 E. Fairmount Ave.
Mr. La said he has been there almost three years.
Mr. Idzik asked if any of the members of the board had any questions.
Motion by John Jablonski, second by Jeffrey Slater, that it is the recommendation of the Planning Board that the Village Board of Trustees grant/approve Mr. La’s application for a Special Use Permit regarding his proposal to serve alcoholic beverages (beer, wine & cider) to patrons over the age of 21, as now permitted by New York State Law.
Adopted: 3 ayes, no nays (Idzik, Slater, Jablonski)
SITE PLAN REVIEW
COMMERCIAL OFFICE BUILDING
341-343 EAST FAIRMOUNT AVE.
Ms. Lori Thierfeldt, President of Madmar Development Corporation, Jamestown, N.Y., has submitted an application for a Site Plan Review regarding her proposal to construct a 5,700 sq. ft. Commercial Office building at 341-343 East Fairmount Ave. The proposed site plan indicates a two (2) story building with office space for three (3) tenants.
Chairman Idzik asked Ms. Thierfeldt if she would explain her request.
Ms. Thierfeldt said she intends on building a two story professional office building, with office space for three tenants, plus a patio.
She noted the structure previously on the site has been demolished and the Village of Lakewood DPW has been using the site to dump excess dirt from a project they have been working on.
John Jablonski asked Ms. Thierfeldt if she has an erosion control plan for this project that is in accordance with the village law.
Building Inspector Jeff Swanson indicated the lot is under one acre and a silt fence is in place.
Mr. Jablonski asked Ms. Thierfeldt if she has a Flood Plan map, he said it appears the fill is right up to the stream, which he believes is inappropriate.
Ms. Thierfeldt said she doesn’t believe the fill has been placed right up to the stream and noted there is still quite drop off. Ms. Thierfeldt said she was told the property was in Flood Zone B.
Building Inspector Swanson said the Village of Lakewood checked set-backs so they could put fill there, and according to the FEMA maps the property is not in the flood zone.
Mr. Jablonski asked Ms. Thierfeldt if she has a list of the flood plan and if the board could see it.
Ms. Thierfeldt said she does have a flood plan for them to look at. She has talked to the Chautauqua County Planning Board and Ecostratagies, Falconer, N.Y., about the flood plan. They noted the project site is only .45 acres, which is under an acre, and therefore she wouldn’t need a flood plan. She also noted that it is her intention to install some dry wells and establish rain gardens on the site even though some significant vegetation is there already.
Mr. Jablonski said it appears most of your parking is on state property, you need to get a variance per Village Zoning code.
Ms. Thierfeldt indicated to Mr. Jablonski only 50% of the proposed parking area is within the NYS right-of-way. She then mentioned she has received the permit application for a variance from the NYS Department of Transportation to utilize a portion of the right-of-way. Ms. Thierfeldt noted that she will only be using the existing parking area and has no plans of making it larger.
Building Inspector Swanson said he has never viewed any slab on grade as far as set-backs.
Mr. Jablonski asked if she has a plan for landscaping.
Ms. Thierfeldt said she doesn’t have one together yet but there is a lot of vegetation there presently, she does plan on planting some trees, create rain gardens and add some more vegetation to the edge of the creek bank.
Mr. Jablonski asked where the water going to the interior storm drains will be discharging to.
Ms. Thierfeldt said her understanding is it will be going to the drywell and filter through the rain gardens, then into the creek.
Mr. Jablonski asked Ms. Thierfeldt if she has any sign information.
Ms. Thierfeldt said at the present time she has no plans for signage, however at some point might consider a sign on the building.
Mr. Jablonski asked Ms. Thierfeldt what her plans are for lighting.
She said the lights will be coming off the building, there will not be any lighting stanchions added to the site.
There will be lights on the second floor, on the front of the building, on the sides and the back. The lights will be pointing down towards the parking area.
Mr. Jablonski asked Ms. Thierfeldt if she has any green space calculations.
Ms. Thierfeldt said she has given that some thought but because of the nature of the lot there aren’t a lot of options. The green space will be along the edge of the creek, in the back of the property and the proposed rain gardens.
Mr. Jablonski asked Ms. Thierfeldt what the dimensions of her parking spaces will be.
Building Inspector Jeff Swanson said he has been in contact with Ms. Thierfeldt’s Architect, Don Harrington and he has indicated the parking spaces will be in compliance with New York State Building Code.
With no other questions or comments and because the applicant, Ms. Thierfeldt, will be submitting additional information regarding this project for review, members of the Planning Board determined that they could not make a recommendation to Mayor Holcomb and the Board of Trustees at this time.
Chairman Idzik asked the members of the Planning Board if they knew of anyone who would be interested in volunteering their time to become a member of the Planning Board. With no one knowing anyone Chairman Idzik indicated he has had a conversation with Mayor Holcomb about the possibility of combing the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals, therefore the Planning Board will remain at 3 members and not explore any new members at this time.
Meeting Adjourned: 7:57 PM
Mary B. Currie