Category Archives: SEQR

Planning Board approves slightly larger Lowe’s

The Geneseo Planning Board approved a revised Lowe’s plan submitted by Newman Development Monday night and then adopted a Positive Finding under SEQR. The new Lowe’s plan is based on the smallest prototype store that Lowe’s builds with 104,000 square feet of sales space plus a 31,000 square foot garden center. Along with storage space the total square footage would be 155,433.

This is about 9 per cent smaller than the 169,000 square foot store that Newman had originally proposed, but 15,000 square feet larger than the 140,000 square foot limit placed on the store by the planning board just two weeks ago. The approved store would be slightly smaller in total area than the Lowe’s Henrietta store which totals 162,000 square feet.

The board also revisited the question of the Lowe’s orientation, but decided to stay with the CP-3 plan facing Volunteer Road that was approved at the last meeting. The developer had wanted the CP-5 plan which faces more towards Rt. 20-A. A majority of four members, however refused to budge from their feeling that the need to limit future sprawl to the east on Rt. 20-A outweighed any other considerations on this issue. Those four were Marge Wilkie, Patti Lavigne, Tom Curtin and Hank Latorella.

Other questions about building elevation, height and materials were deferred to the site plan review phase which will commence after the proposal goes to the Town Board for PDD zoning approval. Board member Hank Latorella suggested that the developer should be required to face the building with brick. It was pointed out that the proposal will now go before the Architectural Review Committee which is comprised of Ken Book, Dan Dimpfl and Marge Wilkie for recommendations on such matters.

Planning Board scheduled to adopt findings Tuesday

The Town of Geneseo Planning Board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 27 to consider adoption of a final version of its Findings under SEQR for the proposed Geneseo Town Centre. The board voted to reduce the size and orientation of the Lowe’s at its regular meeting on May 12, but decided to wait until a new Findings statement could be drafted by the board’s attorneys before taking final action.

Some public confusion on what happened at the May 12 meeting led Corrin Strong and Bill Lofquist to write a newspaper commentary titled, “What happened at the Geneseo Planning Board?” The article was published in this week’s edition of the Livingston County News and as Corrin’s Clarion Call column this week.

In the commentary, the authors come out in support of the compromise reached by the planning board, saying that, “fair-minded citizens on both sides of the issue should support it.” It is not known if the full board will attempt to modify any of the decisions reached on May 12, when one member was absent and one member abstained on a critical vote.