November 21, 2013
C’ville gas station review tabled
Project proposed for 1.75 acre site on Route 13 just south of new Wal-Mart
More study of acquifer and traffic impacts are required before further review of a proposed gas station and convenience store just south of a new Wal-Mart supercenter on Route 13, the Cortland County Planning Board determined Wednesday night.
Citing a lack of information, the board tabled the application and requested the developer, Clearmideo LLC, undertake traffic and acquifer studies.
Clearmideo is seeking a use variance, conditional permit and aquifer protection district special permit for the project on 1.75 acres north of the Route 13 intersection with South Cortland-Virgil Road.
Clearmideo was formed in 2012 by Bill Cleary and Joe Armideo, two local businessmen who have worked on development projects in the past. After the meeting, county Director of Planning Dan Dineen said Cleary and Armideo also own the site for the proposed project.
Clearmideo wants to build a 3,184-square-foot convenience store along with a gasoline fueling station and a fast-food franchise with a drive-thru on the site where three residential buildings and an antique business currently stand, according to county Planning Department records.
The property is located in a B-2 District as well as Area 1 of the Aquifer Protection District, which provides drinking water for the town and the city of Cortland, requiring a use variance and a special permit to build.
Clearmideo also needs a bulk variance for reduced parking space sizes in the the proposed project’s 10,000 square-foot parking lot, bulk storage permits for petroleum and a stormwater pollution prevention plan submitted to the state Department of Environmental Conservation addressing runoff.
“The staff recommends tabling this application for an aquifer protection district special permit, conditional permit and use variance until such a time that the applicant submits a detailed hydrogeologic assessment of the potential risks to the aquifer, should a release occur,” Dineen said in reading aloud the board’s recommendations.
“This type of assessment would, at least, include a detailed description of the hydrogeologic setting and aquifer characteristics ... and an assessment of the potential for receptors to be impacted by an inadvertent release of gasoline or diesel fuel.”
The board is also waiting to see a revised plan on how Clearmideo intends to resolve the issue of traffic flow at the site.
The proposed plan includes two driveway entrance points on South Cortland-Virgil Road and one on Route 13. But, the County Health Department already said only the entrance farthest from Route 13 would be approved amid existing concerns regarding traffic stacking.
In other news, the Planning Board recommended approval of a one-year moratorium and prohibition of large-scale propane facilities in the town of Preble.
Donald Armstrong, of Pomeroy, Armstrong, Casullo & Mont in Cortland, submitted the application on behalf of the town on Oct. 16 after learning in September that Ascent Aviation, a company based in Parish, Oswego County, was interested in building a propane facility in the area.
The moratorium allows Preble to delay the construction of propane facilities in the town as well as the submission and processing of permits and site plan approvals, allowing the municipality time to study the impacts of having such a facility built and to draft or change existing laws.
Town Supervisor Jim Doring said last week that although the Town Board called for the year-long moratorium, he will ask if they would be willing to shorten it to six months at a special meeting to be held Monday.
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