County planners approve Yates farm market with bakery, deli

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 September 2021 at 10:34 am

Board also backs battery storage regs in Barre, 6-month moratorium in Gaines on freestanding or ground-mounted solar

ALBION – The Orleans County Planning Board reviewed several projects on Thursday evening, including a new farm market on Route 18 in Yates.

The Planning Board recommended the Town of Yates approve a permit and the site plan for a new 4,800-square-foot farm market that would include a bakery, deli and cannery.

Mark Zimmerman would own and operate the market from his home at 12197 Roosevelt Highway. It is the latest venture in a growing Mennonite community, said Dan Wolfe, Yates code enforcement officer.

The new structure would be 60 by 80 feet with a parking lot that would be 50 by 120 feet. The new market will also have restrooms. It will be open until 5 p.m. each day, except on Sundays when it will be closed.

In other referrals on Thursday, the Planning Board:

• GAINES –Backed a request from the Town of Gaines for a six-month moratorium on freestanding or ground-mounted solar energy systems.

The moratorium doesn’t apply to rooftop-mounted solar systems. The six months will give the town time to write regulations which currently aren’t in the town’s zoning and land use policies.

• BARRE – Recommended the Town of Barre approve its proposed new zoning ordinance for battery energy storage systems. This doesn’t include car batteries or an electric motor vehicle.

Barre groups the storage systems into two tiers with Tier 1 having an aggregate energy capacity equal or less than 600 kWh and Tier 2 greater than 600 kWh. Tier 1 also consists of one single-energy storage system technology in a  room or enclosed area, while Tier 2 have more than one system.

The projects will need permits through the town and need to meet regulations for utility lines and electrical circuitry, signage, lighting, vegetation and tree-cutting, noise, decommissioning and other issues.

• ALBION – Recommended the Town of Albion rezone 2.27 acres at 4010 Oak Orchard Rd. from light industrial to residential. The vacant land at the intersection with West County House Road is owned by Grant and Mary J. Downey.

Light industrial zoning allows light manufacturing, assembly and storage facilities. The zoning change keeps a residential area “free from incompatible uses,” planners said.

• MURRAY – Recommended the Town of Murray approve a special use permit and the site plan for rented office space at 16584 Ridge Rd. The space at the Westridge Realty building is at a corner lot with Groth Road and will have a banner securely hung on the building which is co-owned by Ed Kennedy of E & E Property Services.