Updates to the zoning law Monday were approved by the Hanover Town Board following a hearing filled with questions from the public.
Lon Robinson, Planning Board chairman, said most of the changes involved editing the code because the document contained so many amendments and was very difficult to follow.
One addition to the zoning law was a paragraph listing special use permit requirements for businesses. The paragraph provides that any business not listed under special uses must "have economic compatibility with uses on adjoining properties."
A couple of residents said they were concerned this would allow the construction of more bars in Sunset Bay. But Robinson said the provision protects business owners and residents.
"Before this, residents would have to go to court if they wanted to fight it," Robinson said. "Now it goes to the Zoning Board of Appeals and then to a public hearing."
Business owners wanting to establish a business not listed under special use also would face legal red tape, he added.
One resident remarked that it is time-consuming to check the newspaper for legal notices every day to see if any issues are coming up in the town.
"At least this way you can come into the public hearing and say you don't want it (a business)," Robinson said.
Fire Department and emergency squad representatives told the board they were concerned about traffic in the Sunset Bay area.
In regular action, the board agreed to purchase a swing set for the town beach from Miracle Recreation Equipment for $797.
The purchase of computer software for the code enforcement officer also was authorized from Cavu Cos. at a cost of $307.