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Conservation District - DRAFT - 9/11/2013

Lakeshore District - proposed DRAFT zoning - 8/29/2013

Ad Hoc Zoning Committee - response to concerns - 6/17/13 


Why rezone the Lakeshore area? 9/24/13

Frequently Asked Questions about Lakeshore Zoning in Ulysses

Link to  FAQ web page

Link to FAQ printable document (pdf) 9/24/13

Ad Hoc Lakeshore Zoning Committee

The Ad Hoc Zoning Committee was created by the Ulysses Town Board in order to “research alternate options and language for the proposed Lakeshore Zoning based on input from the public and the Town Board members.”

Members include:  Rod Hawkes, Darby Kiley, Rebecca Schneider, Dave Kerness, and Don Wilson.
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Supporting Documents for the creation of Lakeshore and Conservation Zoning Districts


The concept of changing the zoning along the lakeshore and west of Taughannock Blvd originated with the most recent Comprehensive Plan process.  The Plan, adopted in 2009, included a section on “Vision, Policies, Objectives, and Actions” and a section on the “Future Land Use Plan.”

Relevant statements in the 2009 Comprehensive Plan include the following:
  • Under from Objective #1.1: Preserve and protect the town’s natural and environmental resources (pp. 19-20)
  • B. Investigate and implement various mechanisms to protect and preserve environmentally sensitive areas such as steep slopes, wetlands, Unique Natural Areas, mature forests and important wildlife habitats in all Land Use areas.
  • D. Apply for legislative authority under Section 46a of the NYS Navigation law to enact regulations concerning boathouses, moorings, and docks on Cayuga Lake within the Town.
  • E. Enact zoning regulations to protect the Cayuga Lake waterfront and ensure development that is consistent with the lakefront’s existing character and compatible with the natural environmental features.
  • H. Officially recognize and act to preserve the UNAs defined in the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council’s Unique Natural Areas Inventory.
In the 2009 Comprehensive Plan, the Future Land Use Plan was developed by it “demonstrates how the community believes the Town should look in the future, not a snapshot of how the Town looks today. It is intended to identify where specific development types and patterns are most appropriate and supports the policies and objectives identified in the Comprehensive Plan. Ultimately the Future Land Use Plan should serve as the basis for the Town to update their Zoning Law.”

The Lakeshore area description includes the following:
The Lakeshore area includes natural and environmental resources that must be considered as part of the development process. Special consideration should be given to new development as it relates to impacts on steep slopes, water quality, soils, erosion, and viewsheds. Because of the sensitivity of lands within the Lakeshore area, any future development, as well as changes and improvements made to existing properties, should be carefully evaluated to determine any negative impacts on natural features. The environmental sensitivity of this area demands establishing strong zoning regulations to guide appropriate scale development and protect the significant natural resources in the area.

In order to implement protection of this area, the Town should consider a number of mechanisms including overlay zones, septic testing, size and density limitations on all structures, and incorporation of design standards for docks and accessory buildings into the Town’s Zoning Law. Land use in this area is primarily single family residential. However, water dependent uses that provide public access to the waterfront and Cayuga Lake may be allowed.

“Use” refers to single-family home, commercial, industrial, etc.

You need to refer to the current zoning if you have an existing house and are proposing changes to the size or the use.

Under the current zoning, if you have an existing house and have plans to enlarge your house, you will need to meet setback requirements.

If you have an existing lot with no house and want to build a house, you will need to meet setback requirements.

Newly-created lots and new structures will need to conform to current zoning regulations.

page updated 6/22/13

If you have questions please contact Carissa Parlato or call (607) 387-5767.
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