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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Lake building ban passes

Tessitore's development has been in the works since November 2004.

Franck voted against the moratorium, citing a single-family residential applicant that has worked for more than a year to develop a vacant lot. Franck wanted to somehow grandfather in an applicant, the Varanos, who had recently been granted a zoning change to allow them to develop the lot. "They've gone through the process," he said. "I'd hate to see them have to come back again."

City Planner Geoff Bornemann said the Varanos are at least one year away from building. He also said that it has always been the city's policy to encourage builders near the city's lakes to use a sanitary sewer system.

In February, the council tabled the moratorium on development after a 2-to-2 vote.

Public Safety Commissioner Ronald Kim was absent from the Feb. 20 meeting.

Mayor Valerie Keehn and Commissioner of Finance Matthew McCabe voted for the moratorium, but Franck and Public Works Commissioner Tom McTygue said they wanted to do more research before voting for the moratorium.

The city council received a letter from the Saratoga Springs Planning Board at the beginning of the year that recommended the city consider adopting a moratorium that would prohibit any of the development boards or departments from granting any approval for development near Saratoga Lake that did not connect to the county sewer system. On-site septic systems, the alternative to connecting to the county system, could adversely impact the environment, members of the board said.

The planning board endorsed the moratorium at its Jan. 24 meeting by a 5-to-0 vote with two members absent. ""

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