Meeting Minutes : Zoning Board of Adjustment



January 7, 2013


Zoning Board of Adjustment Members Present –Stanley Markowski – Chairman, Clarence Greeno, Jack Orvis, Jim Morale.  Absent: John Mitchell and Rick Conway – Vice Chairman.


Others Present – JJ Blanchard, Jack Rodgers, Ken Niemczyk – Zoning Administrator, and Kelly Giard – Recording Secretary.


S. Markowski, Chair, called the Zoning Board of Adjustment to order at 7:00 PM.


S. Markowski introduced the members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and there were no conflicts of interest indicated.


S. Markowski swore in: JJ Blanchard, Vice President – Pittsford Auto Sales – Pittsford, VT and Jack Rodgers, Pittsford, VT.


S. Markowski explained that this was an application for a conditional use for property owned by Michael and Mary Blanchard – Route 7 – Pittsford to include an area to support the parking of used cars and be used by the Pittsford Farmers’ Market.


K. Niemczyk indicated that the meeting was warned in 3 public places on December 17, 2012; the Rutland Herald on December 18, 2012 and on the town website on December 18, 2012.


K. Niemczyk explained that Mike Blanchard (property owner) received a visit from the Department of Motor Vehicles indicating that the property was not included in the original footprint of Pittsford Auto Sales in the 1960’s.


Jack Rodgers has met with Ken and reviewed the Zoning Regulations and has determined that expanding the use of the property would require a Conditional Use Permit.  The Zoning Administrator will need to file a Vermont Zoning Compliance Certification, in the event that the Conditional Use Permit is approved.


S. Markowski reviewed the criteria, to which Mr. Rodgers indicated the answers were included in the permit request.


Mr. Rodgers indicated that there is no cost to the Farmers’ Market and there would be no impact on community facilities as there will be no tapping into the water and sewer infrastructure.


S. Markowski indicated that this property is in the Village District, and there was formerly a house located on the lot, which is now vacant.  K. Niemczyk explained that the village district zoning allows for commercial/residential to allow for the overflow vehicles to be stored on the lot.  Mr. Blanchard explained that the vehicles would only be displayed on the lot and that the actual sales will occur at Pittsford Auto Sales.


S. Markowski inquired if there would be any traffic impact on the area.  There was extended discussion that the Farmer’s Market patrons currently park on Route 7 to access the market.  Mr. Blanchard agreed that there could be some traffic pattern review that would enter the traffic at the market and exit at Pittsford Auto Sales.  K. Niemczyk indicated that this discussion meets the Parking Ordinance Standards.


J. Morale inquired how many vehicles would be on the secondary lot at one time.  Mr. Blanchard stated 6 – 8 usually, with 12 being the maximum.


S. Markowski inquired if there were any renewable energy resources required.  None are required.


The Zoning Board of Adjustment members agreed that safety is a concern in this area and continued discussion to move the parking area to the lot behind the market, to which Mr. Blanchard agreed and felt that the market is a good thing for the community.


S. Markowski inquired if there would be any screening or landscaping required.  K. Niemczyk explained that only the Lajoie property is involved and Mr. Blanchard explained that he has a great relationship with Mr. Lajoie and would address this issue if necessary.


Motion by J. Morale and seconded by C. Greeno to approve the application by Michael and Mary Blanchard for a conditional use permit to display motor vehicles for sale and to allow for a seasonal farmers’ market (from time-to-time) on property located at 4168 US Route 7, Parcel ID #0098 in the Town of Pittsford, Vermont.  Said parcel is located in the Village Zoning District, with the following conditions:


  • Amend the traffic pattern to enter from Route 7 and exit at the Pittsford Auto Sales lot
  • No restriction to the number of vehicles on the property, however, 15 maximum for the vehicle sales
  • 20 vendor limit for the Farmers’ Market
  • 10’ – 15’ back from the edge of Route 7 shoulder is the minimum for the activity
  • Parking will be on-site and off of the highway


The motion passed unanimously 4 – 0.


Motion by C. Greeno and seconded by J. Morale to adjourn.  Motion passed unanimously 4 – 0.


Meeting was adjourned at 7:51 PM.



Respectfully Submitted




Kelly Giard, Recording Secretary


Stanley Markowski, Chair


                                                                        Richard Conway, Vice Chair


                                                                                                                                                James Morale


                                                                        Clarence Greeno


                                                                        Jack Orvis


John Mitchell