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NEWSTEAD PLANNERS DELAY ACTION ON HOME BUSINESS

The Newstead Planning Board has postponed consideration of a proposed home business on Dorsch Road because further review of the town code on home occupations in an R-A zone is needed.

Board members who expressed concerns over several issues, noted that there may be a discrepancy in the law. The board agreed that the request should be included on a future agenda.

Officials discussed permitted uses according to the definition of a home occupation, site plans, adhering to operating restrictions -- which the code enforcement officer should have control over -- and exact
procedures.

On another issue, planners recently received a letter from the state Department of Environmental Conservation agreeing to allow the town to be lead agency for the rezoning of Niagara Specialty Metals Inc.

The Planning Board, however, has reaffirmed that changes to the town zoning code for Industrial-1 and Industrial-2 classifications need further review, and the request by Niagara Specialty Metals to rezone the 50-foot parcel on Clarence Center Road remains tabled. The Planning Board has notified the company owner that the 100-foot buffer zone -- even with the rezoning -- "will not be in compliance with the code."

In other business, board members noted that outdoor storage is visible at the Whiting Roll Up Door Manufacturing Corp. on Cedar Street because of construction on a new building. Planners recommended a fence or "some sort of barrier" be put up to hide items the company is storing outside.

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