Coeymans officials closer to making decision on Magic Forest event
Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Capital Region Independent Media for the time being, the Coeymans Planning/Zoning Board of Appeals has declined to decide on whether an August concert and camping event at Magic Forest Farm can take place, until the property owner meets certain conditions for approval. Property owner Joan Mahony and farm operator Jason Ball originally planned a series of concerts and camping events at the agritourism site on Bucks Ranch Road, for between 250 and 1,000 attendees. Town Supervisor George McHugh filed an appeal requesting the property owner be required to apply for a use variance rather than a special-use permit for the events, claiming the concerts were the focus of the property owner’s application, rather than the camping, which would be allowed. The board granted McHugh’s appeal in May and Ball and Mahony decided to apply for a permit for a temporary campground and hold a single concert and weekend camping event from August 5 to 8. Town attorney Andrew Brick said the board requested more information, including an insurance policy, and required Ball to meet with the police chief, town supervisor and others to determine what needs to be done to ensure the temporary campground and concert is in compliance with town codes. “The other recommendations from the working group, they fall into two categories,” Brick said. “One is a recommendation that two EMTs be on site at all times. I think you want to follow that recommendation — those are the experts. And then there are some construction or renovations of the road.” Board chairman Robert Nolan said the biggest sticking points will be the sound levels of the event and camping activities. The board decided music could begin starting at 10:30 a.m. and continue through 11 p.m. The exception would be on Sunday, when it would have to stop at 9 p.m. Brick said he would draft a list of conditions for the event by July 27, when the board is next scheduled to meet and expected to make a decision. In the meantime, he directed Ball to meet with the EMTs and the highway superintendent to talk safety precautions and improvements to the emergency access road. Read more at The UpStater [dot] com.