Hanover Planning Board discusses fees, business

HANOVER – Although there was no formal action slated for the recent Hanover Planning Board meeting, the board had several topics to discuss.

At the last Hanover Town Board meeting, Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo mentioned clarifying the town’s fence law might help with problems the town has had in the past year. D’Angelo described situations in Sunset and Hanford bays where plywood fences were put up in the town’s right of way.

The town board did not formally ask the planning board to make any recommendations, but the board members discussed what they thought they might like to do.

Planning Board Chair Carol DePasquale said the board has discussed changes to the fence law in the past but feels if the fences are in violation and especially in the town right of way, the highway department or sheriff’s department should have the authority to take them down, without amending the law. The board agreed, with the sentiment why add regulations when what exists just needs to be enforced.

The board had a similar sentiment when discussing the ongoing situation of a loose cow on King Road.

Board Member Ron Brennan said he doesn’t think the law should be changed just because of one cow in a town of many cow farmers who keep their livestock penned.

At its last meeting the planning board sent a letter to the town board seeing if any legal action can be taken.

Also discussed at its last meeting was the issue of trailers being sold at a used car lot without a permit. It was reported the Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Gould had approached the owner and but action on the matter has yet to be taken

It was also reported Gould has visited the owners of property along Route 5/20 to ask properties be kept nice and address goods for sale on the side of the road.

Zoning Board Chairman Kevin Waterman was also present to ask about the planning board’s fee schedule. He came to the board after discovering the fees for a zoning board hearing do not cover the cost of postage for a State Environmental Quality Review.

He said he believes the charges should be looked at so the applicant pays for the expense of almost $30 instead of the money coming out of the town’s budget and essentially the taxpayers’ pockets.

Planning Board member Peter Gibbson agreed, “It should be a burden of the applicant, not the taxpayers.”

Town Councilman Kevin O’Connell asked the planning board and the zoning board to come to the town board with suggestions for updated fee prices. Currently, permit applicants who require a public hearing are charges for the hearing and the cost to post the notice in the newspaper.

The board was also presented with a subdivision application from Dana Bennett, who wishes to subdivide 2 acres of his 6-acre property on the corner of Route 39 and Hanover Road in order to give it to his brother to build a house. The planning board accepted the application and said the public hearing would be scheduled for the next meeting on March 18.

DePasquale said the status of the water park/hotel and Dunkin’ Donuts projects were still unknown at the time of the meeting.