Planning & Zoning

                                                                                                            Dan Barusch

Dan Barusch

Dan Barusch, Director of Planning and Zoning

Adele Behrmann, Planning and Zoning Clerk

Doug Frost, Code Enforcement Officer

Phone: (518) 668-5131 ext. 5
Office Email: pzclerk@lakegeorgetown.org
Director’s Email: dbarusch@lakegeorgetown.org

20 Old Post Road
Lake George, NY 12845

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


 

Responsibilities

The Planning and Zoning Office administers the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations of the Town of Lake George.

This office works with the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals in regulating development throughout the Town. Meetings of the Boards are held monthly, the secondTuesday for the Planning Board and the first Wednesday for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Other meetings are held when necessary.

In order to be included on an agenda for a specific date, applications and paper work must be submitted to the Office prior to the deadline. Included on this page (Planning Board Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines, Zoning Board Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines) are the dates of the 2016 Planning Board and Zoning Board Meetings along with the deadline dates for applications.

It is through this office that those involved in any building or development would obtain a Certificate of Compliance, a document necessary in order to obtain a Building Permit from the County.

Copies of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations can be found in the Lake George Town Code. Click to view the Town Code.

Applications for Site Plan Review, Zoning Variances, Land Use Permits, or Septic Permits can be downloaded from this page.

The Planning and Zoning Office also handles stormwater issues and complaints.

Septic Initiative Program

Click here to view the Septic Initiative Program information details and related documents

Links

Town Code
The entire Town Code is accessible on this link. However it has been discovered that certain firewall programs make using the link impossible, therefore it might be necessary to disable the computer’s firewall program temporarily to view the code.

Route 9 Gateway Plan
The links below are the Route 9 Gateway Project Schedules as of April 8, 2016
Project Construction Schedule  4.8.16
Visual Schedule for Gateway Project

Progress of the updated Comprehensive Plan
This link goes to the Chazen Company and their progress in the preparation of the updated Comprehensive Plan.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (http://www.dec.ny.gov/)
NYS Department of State (http://www.dos.ny.gov/)
NYS Department of Transportation (https://www.dot.ny.gov/index)
NYS Department of Health (https://www.health.ny.gov/)
NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (http://www.efc.ny.gov/)
Adirondack Park Agency (http://apa.ny.gov/)
Adirondack – Glens Falls Transportation Council (http://www.agftc.org/about.htm)
Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning Board (http://www.lclgrpb.org/)
Warren County Fire Prevention and Building Codes (http://www.warrencountyny.gov/fpbc/)
Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District (http://www.warrenswcd.org/)
Lake George Association (http://www.lakegeorgeassociation.org/)
Lake George Park Commission (http://www.lgpc.state.ny.us/)
Fund for Lake George (http://fundforlakegeorge.org/)
Lake George Watershed Coalition (http://www.lakegeorge2000.org/)
Lake George Land Conservancy (http://www.lglc.org/)
Lake George Region Chamber of Commerce (http://www.lakegeorgechamber.com/)
Village of Lake George (http://villageoflakegeorge.us/content)

Hazard Mitigation

http://www.warrencountynyhmp.com/Pages/default.aspx
The Town of Lake George attempts to mitigate harmful effects of natural hazards using the direction from the Warren County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan, which was developed in 2011, is in the process of being updated. You can find out more regarding the update by clicking on the link above or by visiting Warren County’s Emergency Services webpage here: http://warrencountyny.gov/emergency/management.php. Please take a minute to fill out the Surveys located on the Warren County NY Hazard Mitigation Plan website’s homepage when clicking on the link above.

Historic Preservation Planning

In July 2016, the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) awarded the Town of Lake George a $50,000 grant to compile a major report including an inventory and analysis of sites and features associated with the Battles at Fort George. This will be accomplished using period maps and primary documentary sources coupled with non-invasive archaeological field reconnaissance and GIS technology. ABPP funds projects conducted by federal, state, local and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions with the goal of safeguarding and preserving significant American battlefield lands as symbols of individual sacrifice and national heritage.

The creation of this report and associated GIS mapping will allow the Town and partner organizations (the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Fort George Alliance) to effectively identify historically relevant properties throughout the Town and determine the level of importance each site may have played during important American wars. It will serve to educate landowners and land preservation groups about the lack of protection that most sites associated with Fort George currently experience.

The Town has hired the firm Hartgen Archeological Associates to complete this planning research project. Throughout the course of the project, numerous public meetings will be held to allow for the citizens of Lake George to come learn about the project and to tell us their own stories. The project, which started in January 2017, is expected to be finished in the summer of 2018.

Economic Development

The Town and Village of Lake George, in coordination with the Adirondack Park Agency’s Hamlet Economic Planning and Assistance initiative, are developing an economic development plan for the Hamlet areas of Lake George.  The plan will also seek to leverage improvements from the Gateway Project, which will turn Route 9 from Exit 21 to the Village line into a boulevard with sidewalks, new lighting, a median, and bike lanes, to generate new growth in the community.   In order to determine components of the plan, we seek your input and feedback.  Please fill out this survey so that we can achieve your vision for Lake George!  Link:  https://www.quicksurveys.com/s/Bt6e8
 A Power Point presentation May 2016, titled Hamlet Economic Planning and Assistance Initiative:

Storm Water Management

For any concerns or report of violations regarding stormwater runoff and pollution, please call 518-668-5131 (x311) to talk to the Stormwater Management Officer.

A public survey has been developed to garner input from residents on the perception of stormwater pollution issues. The survey can be accessed through the following link ( https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BL2BHR8), or by downloading the file below. Surveys not filled out online can be submitted to the Planning and Zoning Office.

FINAL Town Code Chapters 147 and 148

Printable copy of the Stormwater Pollution survey:
MS4 public survey

Several brochures are available here which include information valuable to all residents relative to storm water management:

 A homeowner’s guide to septic tanks

House Hazardous Waste information

Green up Lawns, not lakes and rivers

Greenscaping

Don’t P on your lawn

Oil and Water don’t mix

Urban Runoff and its relationship to water quality

After The Storm: A guide to understanding stormwater

Construction Poster 1

Construction Poster 2

 

Zoning Amendments

Light Industrial Standards and Fracking

Text of Local Law 2, 2017, related to fracking
Local Law 2-2017_Ch.175-49 Fracking

 

Documents

Plans and Reports

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Updates by James P. Mathis

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