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Catskill village board considering zoning amendments

Nov 02, 2020 6:00 am
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Catskill Village Board is looking to implement zoning changes. The recommendations, which address building conformity, billboards, owning livestock in the village and more, have already been reviewed by the planning board and town zoning board of appeals. The village adopted a new comprehensive plan in February. “We’ve had some concerns in the past about livestock being so close to the property line,” village trustee Joseph Kozloski said. “Certain livestock could be smelly or have other problems.” The proposed amendments include requiring at least a half-acre parcel to keep livestock and all livestock fences and structures must abide by a 20-foot setback. Zoning Board Chairman Patrick McCulloch said the topic of livestock was likely the biggest issue that came up in the public hearings. Another topic addressed was personal property being deposited on sidewalks and streets. The proposed amendments would prohibit a landlord from placing the personal property of tenants or former tenants on public streets or sidewalks. Vegetation or debris in a front yard cannot inhibit emergency access and vegetation or structures cannot interfere with pedestrian traffic. Also under the new law, any new buildings or renovations to existing buildings on Main Street would have to follow specific historic styles. There are also restrictions on building height and any billboards that require repair would have to be removed. The village board will review the recommendations Mon., Nov. 2, with a vote scheduled for November 18. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.