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Lots lacking accessibility facing review

Aurora town officials are mulling tighter control over flag-shaped lots that aren't accessible from main roads.

The town is considering putting in place a stricter review of the town's open areas that, if approved, would mean a more detailed review by the town of any open "back land" accessed by a roadway or private drive from the main road where inadequate road frontage exists.

"It provides a review that maybe nobody had thought of," said Donald Owens, chairman of the Aurora Planning & Conservation Board. "We're trying to control any negative design that would impact the community or neighbors. We'd like to try to prevent animosity among neighbors in the future."

The Planning & Conservation Board, and perhaps the town Building Department, would be involved in overseeing any tighter controls for the development of single-family homes in those types of settings.

Owens cited road access off Sweet Road as an example, with individual homes built back off the main road off a narrow access drive with sharp turns.

"Over time, they could build a lot of homes on that, and the town has had no ability to control that," he said.

A recent public hearing on the idea and open development sparked confusion in the community, since the town still lacks a comprehensive master plan. Town officials are expected to clarify the issue at tonight's Town Board meeting.

"The change would make it more restrictive and controlled," said Patrick Blizniak, Aurora building inspector. "Under the old code, you could put seven homes. Now, any flag lot would be subject to Town Board approval."

"Why would the town want a flag lot?" asked Arthur Giacalone, a local attorney who specializes in environmental and zoning issues.

Possible land use changes also are on the table for discussion in what has been termed a proposed long-term comprehensive vision map.


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