At Thursday’s Town Board meeting Karen Stumph spoke about an issue concerning the new zoning law, she felt there are problems that the organizers of the committee were not aware of …
“one of the problems was that the committee was made up primarily of let me use the word – outsiders – – who had no knowledge of the rural community. “Mrs. Stumph said .
Additionally, she said that the zoning map is deceiving in that much of the land in the outer districts is Agricultural ,she went on to explain that 80% of the River District is Agricultural, and that 2/3 of the Lake and Recreation area is Agricultural district as well, which again means the township has no authority for land-use in Agricultural Districts, adding that any areas under the Agricultural Districts are immune and or exempt from the town rules and regulations regarding a land-use.
To support her claim she said that she had spoken with authorities from Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Jefferson County Planning Department and Agricultural (AG)and markets.
This sounds credible, however it is not accurate. Farms in some cases are allowed to proceed with farm related activities despite zoning regulations. However the construction of an industrial wind complex is not exempt from zoning laws.
Is this a precursor to the road that the pro-wind will be taking? Will they be informing the Public Service Commission that they need not consider the Cape Vincent zoning law because it does not apply to the land slated for BP’s Cape Vincent Wind Farm?