Town of Seneca Fall files petition against zoning board


SENECA FALLS — Attorney Steven Getman has served an order to show cause on the town of Seneca Falls Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Seneca Falls Town Board objects to the ZBA’s decision to grant a use variance to the owner of the Arcade Building at 81-83 Fall St. that would allow the building to be converted to as many as eight apartments on its three levels, along with commercial uses in the street-level offices.

Signed by a Monroe County State Supreme Court Judge, it is answerable Jan. 25 in Supreme Court for Seneca County.

Getman said the petition seeks to void the ZBA decision granting the use variance because:

• The ZBA did not have a completed application before it when it made the decision.

• The ZBA failed to require the applicant to show the hardship required for a variance according to state law.

• The downtown is a commercial district, not a residential district, and the proposed apartment project would alter the character of the area.

• The State Environmental Quality Review Act process was not complied with.

• The variance was granted subject to inadequate conditions.

• The decision was contrary to the decision of the Planning Board, which recommended the variance be denied.

Getman said an order to show cause is the only way for a Town Board to review and overturn a ZBA decision.


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