MARION ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MINUTES
April 30, 2019
Time: 6:40pm. Gregg Bell called the meeting to order.
Present: Gregg Bell; John Lonneville, Michael Hershelman, Zachary Bartlett and Andrea Vandergrift
Absent: Daniel Sargent and Martha Rich
Also present: Stephen Georgia
6:40 pm – Gregg Bell announced that the voting members are Bell; John Lonneville, Michael Hershelman, Zachary Bartlett and Andrea Vandergrift
6:41 pm – Gregg asked the board if they had any comments or questions regarding the previous meeting minutes. No comments.
Michael Hershelman made a motion to approve the minutes from September 25, 2018. Andrea Vandergrift seconded the motion. All in favor. None opposed. Motion carried.
New Business: Gregg Bell stated that there is one item on tonight’s agenda.
6:42pm – The first item is Application A-1-19: Stephen Georgia – Requesting a special permit for home occupation in an A-C district, to acquire a federal firearms license and car dealership license at 5230 Ridge Chapel Rd Marion ,NY..
Gregg Bell asked Mr. Georgia to explain his request:
He would like to get a special permit to operate a Car Dealership and Federal Firearms License out of his pole building (5236 Ridge Chapel Road Marion NY 14505)
Mr. Georgia is a competition shooter and over the years has built strong relationships with the local law enforcement & shooting community. He would like to do background checks and transfer firearms as well as purchase reloading supplies in bulk to sell to the competition scooting community at a cheaper rate. The type of FFL he is applying for is called a type 7 FFL (manufacturer) and it would allow him to purchase reloading supplies.
Car Dealer License
He currently has a customer base that is always looking for classic cars both as toys and as investments. His network of collectors has grown to the point where it would beneficial to change his hobby into a business. He has a large collection of automobiles and would like to be an in between for buyers and sellers of classic cars. Without the license he is limited on buying 6 vehicles/yr. Also, he would like the license to have his personal collection on a dealer bond instead of separate insurance policies.
6:49pm – Andrea Vandergrift asked if the shooting range would be community or person
Mr. Georgia stated that his plan is to train local SWAT teams and Sheriff Departments and not have a public range. He stated worst case scenario he would have a private club.
6:57pm –The board reviewed the neighbor notifications and had no questions.
6:58pm – Gregg Bell and the board completed/reviewed Section II of the SEAF which is on file in the applicant’s folder. Gregg Bell stated part III is N/A.
6:59pm – Michael Hershelman made a motion to accept the SEAF as written. Andrea Vandergrift seconded the motion. All in favor. None opposed. Motion carried.
7:01pm – Gregg Bell and the board reviewed the Agricultural Data Statement, no significant findings or questions from the board.
7:02pm – Andrea Vandergrift made a motion to accept the Agriculture Data statement as written. Zach Bartlett seconded the motion. All in favor. None opposed. Motion carried.
7:03pm –Gregg Bell opened the Public Hearing.
7:04pm –Gregg Bell closed the Public Hearing as there were no members of the public with any comments.
7:05pm –Gregg Bell reviewed the Area Variance worksheet with the Board; completed worksheet is available in applicant’s folder.
7:56pm – Gregg Bell asked the board if they had any additional questions of comments
7:58pm –Zachary Bartlett made a motion to approve the application under the conditions any vehicles visible from the road must be insured and only 6 cars are to be visible from the road at any given time. In regards to the FFL, the board approves this under the condition that the applicant strictly follows all ATF regulations and guidelines. Signage will be limited to on buildings only. The approval of the application is contingent on recommendations from the Wayne County Planning Board and Town of Marion Planning Board.
John Lonneville seconded the motion
8:01pm – Gregg Bell asked if there were any other questions or comment from the board. None at this time.
8:02pm – All approved. None opposed. Motion carried Application A-1-19 approved.
8:03pm – No new business
8:04pm – John Lonneville moved to adjourn the meeting. Michael Hershelman seconded. Meeting adjourned
Angela Patterson, Secretary
Town of Marion Zoning Board of Appeals