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Ongoing Farmington Projects

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      August 13, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (4)

  1. Redfield Grove, Incentive Zoning Project, Phase 2, Establish Surety.  A resolution accepting a proposed letter of credit for site improvements to be dedicated to the Town, in the total amount of $1,021,054.44.  Phase 2 involves the continuation of Redfield Drive connecting to a redesigned intersection of Redfield Drive with Commercial Drive.

  1. Monarch Manor, Incentive Zoning Project, Section 2, Establish Surety for Earthwork. A resolution accepting surety, in the total amount of $15,950.00, for earthwork only within the Section 2 portion of the project located at the northeast corner of the intersection of New Michigan Road and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.

  1. Auburn Meadows, Incentive Zoning Project, Section 9, Maintenance Bond. A resolution accepting a two year maintenance bond, in the total amount of $85,956.35, for site improvements to be dedicated to the Town of Farmington that are located within Section 9 of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.

  1. Recall Town Board Resolution Approving with Conditions a zoning amenity and adding two amenity conditions of approval.  A resolution amending the number of curb cuts to be provided for six new single-family lots located in the north west corner of the Hathaway’s Corner Incentive Zoning Project, from two points of access to four points of access; requiring the filing of easements for a future sidewalk; and constructing said sidewalk as an approved site amenity.

       Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a

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35-acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills

Road.  The Planning Board completed its’ review of the environmental record and made a Determination of Non-Significance, thereby enabling the pending applications before the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals to proceed through the application process. 

The next step in the application process will involve the Zoning Board of Appeals, at their meeting on Monday, August 26, 2019 reconvening the public hearings upon four (4) requested area variances.  Depending upon the outcome of that meeting, the Planning Board will be continuing their public hearings, at their meeting on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 upon three (3) requested applications.  One hearing is being held upon the request for a Preliminary Subdivision Plat; a second hearing is being held upon a request for a Special Use Permit; and a third hearing is being held upon a request for Preliminary Site Plan Approval.

  1. Lyons National Bank.   A new branch office of the Lyons National Bank is being proposed on land located at the northwest corner of State Route 332 and County Road 41.  The new full service bank will use a portion of the site where the historic Hathaway Farm House is located. The bank intends to keep the original historic farm house (approximately 1259 square feet in area) and is proposing approximately a 3,496 building addition to the rear portion of the building along with a 916 square foot second story addition over the branch bank.  There will be two (2) drive-up teller windows along with a drive-up ATM/night deposit lane.   All vehicular access will be from Hathaway Drive. 

The Town Zoning Board of Appeals approved an application for area variances at their July 22, 2019 meeting.  A referral has now been sent to Ontario County Planning Board for their consideration of the Preliminary Site Plan for this project.  This matter will be addressed at their August 14th meeting.  Following the County’s meeting, the Town Planning Board will be receiving the application for Preliminary Site Plan Approval on Wednesday, August 21st. 

  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board, at their meeting on July 9, 2019 provided the applicant a list of amenities to be requested of the applicant for this proposed incentive rezoning project.  Since that meeting, Town staff continue meeting with the applicant and his engineer to finalize the requested zoning incentives; and to identify the site amenities the Town will be seeking in return.  The applicant is proposing a total of six (6) out-parcels to be developed in two phases.  Phase One includes a total of four (4) out-parcels to be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a new branch office of Canandaigua National Bank; a Tops Gasoline self-service

station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.    Phase Two includes another free-standing building showing a drive-up window and a two story professional office building.  No date has been scheduled for formal action to adopt the incentive zoning local law.

     

  1. Byrne Dairy Retail Store and Fueling Facility Project.  Byrne Dairy has received Final Site Plan approval from the Town Planning Board, on Wednesday, July 17th for the construction of a 4,232 square foot one-story convenience store building with a total of twelve fuel pumps and related site improvements on land located at the southwest corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.   As part of this project’s approval, a new “main street scape design” is being introduced which will run across the frontage of the Byrne Dairy site, as well as the adjacent

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Farmington Market Center Project site and other sites up to the intersection of State Route 332.  The new “main street scape design” includes lawns, landscaping, street trees and some benches for pedestrians.  The purpose of the design is to contribute to the Main Street concept for this the Hamlet of Farmington area of State Route 96.

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Phase 1 construction of this 112-unit apartment project, located on land south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood, is now complete and units are being occupied.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project along with the Project’s Community Center.   Phase 2 of this project, which consists of a total of 48 apartment units (comprised of 8 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units) was expected to start construction later this summer, however, word has been received that state funding for this project has not yet been approved.   Therefore, no date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project. 

  1. Beaver Creek Park Project.   The Town Board has decided to proceed with completing phases 1 & 2 of this project as one single phase.   Detailed design drawings and specifications for bidding the site work is underway and a contract is expected to be awarded this fall for work to begin.   In the meantime, water & sewer lines will be installed this year by Town Water & Sewer Department employees, as time permits.  Survey is underway for the alignment of these two utilities.

The Beaver Creek Park Master Plan calls for the installation of water lines, sewer lines, site     access from Amber Drive, two parking lots, site lighting, construction of earthen berms with                partial landscaping along the park’s perimeter, a combination maintenance building with        restrooms, two playgrounds for children in age groups 3              – 6 and 7 -11, a soccer field and a multi- purpose field, construction of tennis courts/pickle ball   courts, basketball court and a second      soccer field, access from Clovertrail Drive, parking lot, and connection to the adjacent walking    trails.              

  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.  The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., are preparing specifications for formal bidding of improvements that are to be made to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).  These restroom improvements are being designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks and ramps to be installed for each of these facilities.   The Town received a grant, from the State of New York, to enable these projects to be completed this year, as the result of funding assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.     

                                                           

  1. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  The Town has been notified by the project inspector from Fisher Associates, that the Contractor has, as of July 31, 2019 stopped working and has failed to provide details, by the August 8th deadline identifying when the Project will be completed.  The Town now will be contacting the Bonding Company for the Project, asking them to have the work completed using the funds remaining in the original contract agreement.  In the meantime, portions of this 3 mile long segment of the Auburn Trail will continue to be closed for public use. 

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  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project.   The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project, the section between Estate Drive and New Michigan Road, is now underway.  It includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek, a new water main, curbing, road base and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks.

This portion of Town Line Road, between Estate Drive and New Michigan Road, was closed to traffic on July 15th.   The contractor has begun work to remove the Beaver Creek culvert and install a new culvert which is programmed to be completed in late September/October.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to remain closed from July 15th through October 31, 2019.

The Town’s engineering firm, MRB Group, D.P.C., has also completed the design for the entire project.  This project’s design also includes improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act.”  These improvements include sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road. 

This entire project will be completed in phases that extend into 2022.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington continue work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.  

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between Estate Drive and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.   

  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch  

       water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at                                    the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is estimated at $9,036,000.00.

       The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have

        been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large

        wetland area.  The next step involves the preparation of the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main.   Currently the Town is also working with the Town Engineers and the Town Fiscal Advisor on the potential financial impacts of the project and the submission of important documents requested by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

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  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning Project, Sections 1 & 2.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday evening, July 17th, granted Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan approvals upon 48 two-unit single-family structures that are to be located within Section 2 of the Incentive Zoning Project.  All forty (40) lots located within Section 1 of this project, consisting of the two-unit single-family dwellings, have been sold to Sortino Home Builders. 

At present there are 24 townhouse dwellings that are occupied and another 2 units under construction.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   All six (6) of these new lots located within the Section 6S area now are either under construction, or are being occupied.   Two of these units serve as the sales office for Ryan Homes and will continue to be used for sales during the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Project.      

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-ninth (29th) basement has been dug in this section and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, the installation of public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete.  The Town Board accepted dedication for the streets located in this section at their meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to enable the issuing of the Cs of O.  There remains the installation of concrete sidewalk between Lots # 652 and #653, between Ivory Drive and the Beaver Creek Parkland site.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. road base, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) have been installed within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves the construction of Omega

Drive between Spartan Drive and Ackerman Way.   

Along the east side of Ackerman Way, the new lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  There will be two additional sidewalk connections between the sidewalk along the east side of Ackerman Way and the above mentioned section of the Auburn Trail Project.  A total of twenty (20) lots have started construction and four (4) of these are now occupied within this Section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.   Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way, between Spartan Drive and Ackerman Way; and the connection of Jasper Drive, between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.   A preconstruction meeting will be scheduled with construction to commence later this summer.

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16.  Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1     portion of the overall site.  A total of twelve (12) two-unit townhouse dwellings have been               constructed at this time.  One of the first two units constructed is the model sales office for the                project.  In addition, four more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This      section of the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots    along both sides of a proposed east-west street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is         located west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete   

        gutters, sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section                of Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and               Hook Road is also a part of Section 1 and is being renovated.   This dwelling is to be leased to a              single-family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved , by the Planning Board, with conditions at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  Section 2 involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  The Town Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, August 13th, will be accepting a Letter of Credit for site improvements within this section.  Once the Letter of Credit has been filed with the Town Clerk, then a pre-construction meeting will be scheduled.    Site work is scheduled to commence this fall.

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site earth work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a future signalized intersection along State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.  This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility along with intersection improvements at this location.  The improvements to Route 332 include construction of a south bound right-turn lane; a south bound right turn lane from County Road 41 onto State Route 332 is also planned; and new signal timing for left turn movements from County Road 41 to State Route 332 (north bound).

Details are currently being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.   The developer is also currently working with the Ontario County Department of Public Works Department on design details for street connections to County Road 41.  The next site

items to be worked on include the installation of utilities, drainage facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

The Planning Board, earlier this year took action to approve the detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 single-family residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story.   The applicant would like to start obtaining building permits this fall.

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The Town and the Town Engineers are also working with the developer to finalize the plans for the off-site sanitary sewer line improvements needed to accommodate this development, as well as future developments that may be planned for lands south of Hathaway’s Corners along the Route 332 Corridor.

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  There are twelve (12) single-family dwellings under construction in this section.  The developer intends to install all of the concrete sidewalks to be located in this section, at this time.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane.   

  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story, 18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building this summer once site landscaping has been installed.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction continues for a new dentist office located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington on The Creek Apartment Project.  The dentist is looking to opening his practice this summer.

22. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn Junction.”   Final site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which includes the removal of the top soil stockpile, grading and seeding of the area between the mini-storage units and State Route 332. Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for the mini-storage facilities and for the two story climate control building.   Phase 2 of the Project will involve the construction of mini-storage units to be located west of the existing mini-storage units.  Once tenants have been determined for a small commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food drive-through restaurant) construction of these buildings will take place as part of phase 3.

  1. America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting was held earlier this year for site clearance of the area for building a new hotel/motel structure and the renovation of the remaining hotel/motel building.  Work involving site clean-up has been completed.  Final approval has just been received from the State Department of Transportation.  The Town has issued a Building Permit for the project and construction of the new hotel/motel building will begin shortly. The site is located behind the Park Place Restaurant along the south side of New York State Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this project. 

24. Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code                                which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing                process will continue this fall with an advisory committee that has been established.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  Site work has commenced for the construction of a 32,000-horsepower electric motor compressor station and related site equipment and buildings to be located upon land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  In anticipation of this pumping station electric substation/transmission upgrades, located on the adjacent RG&E substation, have now been installed.                                                           (7)

Other components of this natural gas pumping station project will include a shared access road with the Town, named Empire Drive, which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, protects active farmland and promotes the Town’s policies for Farmland Preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated driveway from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

        The National Fuel Gas Project Manager has begun monthly progress meetings with the Town     Project Review Committee keeping everyone informed of the current status of this massive          project.  The Town has been informed that there have already been two (2) Federal Energy          Resources Commission (FERC) inspections of the site work, as provided for under the National   Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).    Currently bidding is underway for the construction of the pumping station and related site improvements.    It is anticipated that this construction will   commence in early December of this year and continue into 2020.  The best way to view the       site’s progress is while traveling east along the Thruway, between exits 45 and 44.

26. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board will be preparing a report and                recommendation to the Town Board for the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a    total of 85.6 acres, from NB Neighborhood Business, GB General Business and RMF Residential            Multi-Family to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project, located along the west side of State Route 332,          basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed       retail uses, a small plaza, apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.               The Town Planning Board report and recommendation to the Town Board will include         recommendations contained in the recent amendments to the Town of Farmington Public           Sewer Service Master Plan.    

  1. Meyer’s Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.   Site clearing and stabilization located in the rear (northern) portion of the site is currently underway.  As portions of this area become complete, then the RV units located along the north side of the Route 96 frontage are being relocated to the cleared area.  Next spring, work will commence on the new sales and service building fronting along the north side of State Route 96. 

  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  Work continues on the proposed 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neil’s Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.  The building addition and related site improvements are expected to be completed this summer.

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town, later this summer, will commence the update process to the 2011 Edition of the adopted Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan.    A Committee will be established by the Town Board to guide the revisions to the existing document.  Following the Committee’s work there will be public hearings, in early 2020, on the proposed changes, along with a referral to the Ontario County Planning Board for its review and recommendation under the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law.  

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  1. Farmbrook Subdivision, Section 7 B.  Town Staff met with the landowner of the previously filed 25 lots located in this last remaining section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project, to discuss the needs for further design changes that will need to be made in this section in order for compliance with the State of New York’s Stormwater Management Program.  Until those changes have been made to the Final Plat Maps, approved by the Planning Board and then filed with the County Clerk’s Office, no Building Permits will be issued for any of the existing lots in this final section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project,.  

  1. Community Farmers Market.  The opening day of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce’s Farmers Market, Friday, July 5th, was rained out.   The first day of operation of the Market was on Friday, July 12th.  Then on Friday, July 19th, the Market was canceled due to the high heat and humidity.  Hopefully, this event will be open the Friday, July 26th, commencing at 3:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. on a portion of land located at 1560 State Route 332 (Farmington Country Plaza).  The Farmington Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring up to 15 vendors, once a week (Friday afternoons between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.), ending the last Friday in September. 

  1. Ontario Antiques Mall – Farm Stand.  The owner of the Ontario Antiques Mall located along the west side of State Route 332 has received from the Town Zoning Board of Appeals a Temporary Use Permit with conditions for the operation  of a farm stand to be located in the parking lot at said facility.  The Planning Board at their meeting on August 21, 2019 will be reviewing an application for Preliminary Site Plan approval. 

  1. Ponds Edge Venue – Outdoor Special Events.  The owner of property located at 6165 Brownsville Road has received approval with conditions for a Temporary Use Permit, from the Town Zoning Board of Appeals at their meeting on Monday, July 22, 2019.  The Permit is to operate an outdoor special events venue for wedding ceremonies, small corporate events, bridal showers and baby showers.  The proposed events would operate March 1st through November 1st each year.   The concepts for this new use were discussed by the Planning Board at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019; and a referral for the Temporary Use Permit and Preliminary Site Plan approvals was reviewed by the Ontario County Planning Board at their meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  Following the decision upon the Temporary Use Permit, the Planning Board will be conducting a public meeting for Preliminary Site Plan approval later in August, or in September.

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      July 23, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (0)

       Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2019 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35-acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project     involves the creation of four parcels containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Planning Board, at that meeting received the Geo-Technical Report on both site soils and ground water; and approximately 580 pages of material relating to solar operations.  The Planning Board’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 7th, at the Town Hall.   It is anticipated that at this meeting the Planning Board will be making a determination of significance, then the other decisions upon the pending applications may be acted upon.   First will be the decisions by the Zoning Board of Appeals on the four pending area variances; and then decisions by the Planning Board on the proposed land subdivision, special use permit and site plan approvals. 

  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board, at their meeting on July 9, 2019 provided the applicant a list of amenities to be requested of the applicant for this proposed incentive rezoning project.  Since that meeting, Town staff continue meeting with the applicant and his engineer to finalize the requested zoning incentives; and to identify the site amenities the Town will be seeking in return.  The applicant is proposing a total of six (6) out-parcels to be developed in two phases.  Phase One includes a total of four (4) out-parcels to be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a new branch office of Canandaigua National Bank; a Tops Gasoline self-service

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station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.    Phase Two includes another free-standing building showing a drive-up window and a two story professional office building.  No date has been scheduled for formal action to adopt the incentive zoning local law.

     

  1. Byrne Dairy Retail Store and Fueling Facility Project.  Byrne Dairy, headquartered in Weedsport, New York, received Final Site Plan approval from the Town Planning Board, on Wednesday, July 17th for the construction of a 4,232 square foot one-story convenience store building with a total of twelve fuel pumps and related site improvements on land located at the southwest corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.    As part of this project’s approval, a new “ main street scape design” is being introduce which will run across the frontage of the Byrne Dairy site, as well as the adjacent Farmington Market Center Project site.  The new “main street scape design” includes lawns, landscaping, street trees and some benches for pedestrians.  The purpose of the design is to contribute to the Main Street concept for this area of State Route 96.

       

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Phase 1 construction of this 112-unit apartment project, located on land south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood, is now complete and units are being occupied.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project along with the Project’s Community Center. 

       Phase 2 of this project, which consists of a total of 48 apartment units (comprised of 8 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units) was expected to start construction later this summer, however, word has been received that state funding for this project has not yet been approved.   Therefore, no date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project. 

  1. Beaver Creek Park Project.   The Town Board has decided to proceed with completing phases 1 & 2 of this project as one single phase.  It was determined that by combining these two phases there would be a saving of approximately $200,000.00 while also reducing the construction time, construction traffic, minimize future disturbance to adjacent neighborhoods and to the park itself.   Detailed design drawings and specifications for bidding the site work is underway and a contract is expected to be awarded this fall for work to begin.   Water & sewer lines are being installed this year by Town Water & Sewer Department employees, as time permits.

The Park Master Plan calls for the installation of water lines, sewer lines, site access from Amber               Drive, two parking lots, site lighting, construction of earthen berms with partial landscaping        along the park’s perimeter, a combination maintenance building with restrooms, two              playgrounds for children in age groups 3               – 6 and 7 -11, a soccer field and a multi-purpose field,    construction of tennis courts/pickle ball                courts, basketball court and a second soccer field,            access from Clovertrail Drive, parking lot, and connection to the adjacent walking trails.                   

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  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.  The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., are preparing specifications for formal bidding of improvements that are to be made to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).  These restroom improvements are being designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks and ramps to be installed for each of these facilities.   The Town received a grant, from the State of New York, to enable these projects to be completed this year, as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.     

                                                           

  1. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  The Town Board, on Saturday morning, July 13th, cut the ribbon and formally opened the Main Trail Portion of the Auburn Trail Connector Project to traffic prior to contract final acceptance.  The Town was notified by the State Department of Transportation, on July 3rd of a provision in State Regulations that allows the Town to direct such partial opening of the Project.  The Main Trail Portion is defined as being that portion of the Auburn Trail Connector Project between State Route 332 and County Road 41, except for the Amber Drive Link and the Ivory Drive/Canandaigua Farmington Town Line Road section; and the portion along State Route 332 and Canandaigua Farmington Town Line Road, up to the sidewalk end on Town Line Road.   Fisher Associates, the Project Engineers, have inspected this portion of the Project and have determined it to be safe for public use. 

Work continues on the remaining portions of the 3-mile-long hiking/biking trail, an extension to the existing Auburn Trail.  Remaining work includes completing the stone dust trail topping between the main trail portion and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road; and completing the construction of the trail crossing over two (2) gabian basket devices.  Until all work has been completed by the contractor, inspected and accepted by the Town’s Trail Engineering firm, Fisher Associates, the trail will remain under the liability of the Contractor as well as Trail maintenance responsibilities.   At the present time, the completion date for this Project is scheduled for Friday, August 2, 2019.                                              

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project.   The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project is now underway.  It includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process for the new culvert was completed and a

contract awarded by the Town Board, on April 23, 2019.  In addition to the culvert installation, another contractor is installing the new water main along this section of Town Line Road, as a part of the condition of approval for Phase 2 of the Monarch Manor Project.   Ultimately, this project includes a new highway sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.  

 

On Monday, July 15th, a portion of the Town Line Road, between Estate Drive and New Michigan Road was closed to traffic.   The contractor has begun work to remove the Beaver Creek culvert and installation of a new culvert is programmed to be completed in late September/October.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from July 15th through October 31, 2019.

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The Town’s engineering firm, MRB Group, D.P.C., has also completed the design for the entire project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act.”  These improvements include sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road.  This entire project will be completed in phases that extend into 2022.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington continue work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.  

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.   

  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch  

       water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at                                    the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is estimated at $9,036,000.00.

       The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have

        been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large

        wetland area.  The next step involves the preparation of the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

        Currently the Town is also working with the Town Engineers and the Town Fiscal Advisor on the potential financial impacts of the project and the submission of important documents requested by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning Project, Sections 1 & 2.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday evening, July 17th, granted Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan approvals upon 48 two-unit single-family structures that are to be located within Section 2 of the Incentive Zoning Project.  All forty (40) lots located within Section 1 of this project, consisting of the two-unit single-family dwellings, have been sold to Sortino Home Builders.  Section 2 will provide connections to both the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and New Michigan Road.  

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  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   All six (6) of these new lots located within the Section 6S area now are either under construction, or are being occupied.   Two of these units serve as the sales office for Ryan Homes and will continue to be used for sales during the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Project.      

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-ninth (29th) basement has been dug in this section and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, the installation of public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete.  The Town Board accepted dedication for the streets located in this section at their meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to enable the issuing of the Cs of O.  There remains the installation of concrete sidewalk between Lots # 6    and #6      , and between Ivory Drive and the Beaver Creek Parkland site.

  1. Ivory Drive Connection to Carmens Way (Section 6N, Auburn Meadows Subdivision).    

The ribbon cutting ceremony to open this remaining link of Ivory Drive to Carmens Way occurred on Saturday morning July 13th.  The Town Board, at their meeting on July 9th  authorized the formal opening of this street.  This new town road extension will provide an alternate means of access (both pedestrian and vehicular) from the various sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Project and The Estates @ Beaver Creek to the traffic signal located on State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. road base, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) have been installed within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves the construction of Omega

Drive between Spartan Drive and Ackerman Way.   

Along the east side of Ackerman Way, the new lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  There will be two additional sidewalk connections between the sidewalk along the east side of Ackerman Way and the above mentioned section of the Auburn Trail Project.  A total of fifteen (15) lots have started construction within this Section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.   Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way, between Spartan Drive and Ackerman Way; and the connection of Jasper Drive, between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.   A preconstruction meeting will be scheduled with construction to commence later this summer.

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16.  Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1     portion of the overall site.  A total of twelve (12) two-unit townhouse dwellings have been               constructed at this time.  One of the first two units constructed is the model sales office for the                project.  In addition, four more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This      section of the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots    along both sides of a proposed east-west street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is         located west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete    gutters, sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section              of Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and   Hook Road is also a part of Section 1 and is being renovated.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single-family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved , by the Planning Board, with conditions at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  Section 2 involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  Citing delays in obtaining final approvals from the New York State Department of Health, the contractor has requested a 90 day extension to their Final Site Plan Approval from the Town Planning Board which was granted at the June 19th meeting. 

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site earth work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a future signalized intersection along State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.  This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility along with intersection improvements at this location.  The improvements to Route 332 include south bound right-turn lane; a south bound right turn lane from County Road 41; and new timing for left turn movements from County Road 41 to State Route 332.

Details are currently being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.   The developer is also currently working with the Ontario County Department of Public Works Department on design details for street connections to County Road 41.  The next

items to be worked on include the installation of utilities, drainage facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

The Planning Board, at their meeting on February 20, 2019 took action to approve the                                    detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story.   The applicant would like to start obtaining building permits this fall.

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The Town and the Town Engineers are also working with the developer to finalize the plans for sewer line improvements needed to accommodate this development, as well as future developments that may be planned for lands south of Hathaway’s Corners along the Route 332 Corridor.

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  Currently, there are nine (9) single-family dwellings under construction in this section.  The developer intends to install all of the concrete sidewalks to be located in this section, at this time.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane. 

  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story, 18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building this summer once site landscaping has been installed.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction continues for a new dentist office located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington on The Creek Apartment Project.  The dentist is looking to opening his practice this summer.

22. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn Junction.”   Final site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which includes the removal of the top soil stockpile, grading and seeding of the area between the mini-storage units and State Route 332. Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for the mini-storage facilities and for the two story climate control building.   Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food drive-through restaurant).

  1. America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting was held earlier this year for site clearance of the area for building a new hotel/motel structure and the renovation of the remaining hotel/motel building.  Work involving site clean-up has been completed.  Final approval has just been received from the State Department of Transportation.  The Town has issued a Building Permit for the project and construction of the new hotel/motel building will begin shortly. The site is located behind the Park Place Restaurant along the south side of New York State Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this project. 

24. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday,                                               December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the       Taco Bell site improvements.   Work on the Microtel project was originally to begin next month, however, the owner is now considering delaying work until next spring (2020).  More details will               be provided as they become known.                                                           

  1. Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue this fall with an advisory committee that has been established.

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  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  A pre-construction meeting occurred on Monday, July 8th, for a 32,000-horsepower electric compressor station and related site equipment and buildings to be located upon land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, located on the adjacent RG&E substation, have now been installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local utility customers and for the pumping station operations. 

Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town, which is named Empire Drive, which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for Farmland Preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated driveway from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

        The Town has been informed that the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) review          process, provided for under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental           review process, has now been completed.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the   engineers working on the Project, continue to work with Town Staff on a number of details    relating to the construction of this major facility.  Work on this project has commenced and     will continue into 2020.

27. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board will be preparing a report and recommendation to the Town Board for the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, from NB Neighborhood Business, GB General Business and RMF Residential Multi-Family to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project, located along the west side of State Route 332, basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza, apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The Town Planning Board report and recommendation to the Town Board will include recommendations contained in the recent amendments to the Town of Farmington Public Sewer Service Master Plan.    

  1. Meyer’s Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.   Site clearing and stabilization located in the rear portion of the site is currently underway.  Once complete, then the RV units located along the north side of the Route 96 frontage will be relocated to the cleared area thereby enabling work to commence on the new sales and service building fronting along the north side of State Route 96.   This portion of the project is anticipated to begin later this year.

  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  Work continues on the proposed 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neil’s Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.  The building addition and related site improvements are expected to be completed this summer.

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  1. Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town, later this summer, will commence the update process to the 2011 Edition of the adopted Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan.    A Committee will be established by the Town Board to guide the revisions to the existing document.  Following the Committee’s work there will be public hearings on the proposed changes, along with a referral to the Ontario County Planning Board for its review and recommendation under the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law.  Public Hearings on the Plan Update are anticipated for next January and February.

  1. Farmbrook Subdivision, Section 7 B.  Town Staff met with the landowner of the previously filed 25 lots located in this last remaining section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project, to discuss the needs for further design changes to be made in this section in order for compliance with the State of New York’s Stormwater Management Program.  Until those changes have been made to the Final Plat Maps, approved by the Planning Board and then filed with the County Clerk’s Office, no Building Permits will be issued for any of the existing lots in this final section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project,.  

The landowner, earlier this year, stated that she would be meeting with the Farmbrook Homeowners Association to discuss this matter with them before coming back to the Town next month.  The Homeowners Association has met with Town Staff to understand the obligations to be imposed upon the Town by the State’s Storm Water Maintenance Regulations.   Once an amended final design for development this remaining section is approved, it would link to Alfalfa Crescent and Meadowbrook Lane. 

  1. Community Farmers Market.  The opening day of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce’s Farmers Market, Friday, July 5th, was rained out.   The first day of operation of the Market was on Friday, July 12th.  Then on Friday, July 19th, the Market was canceled due to the high heat and humidity.  Hopefully, this event will be open the Friday, July 26th, commencing at 3:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. on a portion of land located at 1560 State Route 332 (Farmington Country Plaza).  The Farmington Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring up to 15 vendors, once a week (Friday afternoons between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.), ending the last Friday in September. 

  1. Lyons National Bank.   A new branch office of the Lyons National Bank is being proposed to use a portion of the site where the historic Hathaway Farm House is located at the northwest corner of State Route 332 and County Road 41.  The bank intends to keep the original historic farm house (approximately 1259 square feet in area) and is proposing approximately a 3,496 building addition to the rear portion of the building along with a 916 square foot second story addition over the branch bank.  There will be two (2) drive-up teller windows along with an ATM/night deposit lane.   All vehicular access will be from Hathaway Drive. 

The Town Zoning Board of Appeals approved an application for area variances at their July 22, 2019 meeting.  A referral has been sent to Ontario County Planning Board for their consideration at their August 14th meeting.  Following the County’s meeting, the Town Planning Board will be receiving the application for Preliminary Site Plan Approval on Wednesday,  August 21st. 

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  1. Ontario Antiques Mall – Farm Stand.  The owner of the Ontario Antiques Mall located along the west side of State Route 332 has received from the Town Zoning Board of Appeals a Temporary Use Permit with conditions for the operation  of a farm stand to be located in the parking lot at said facility.  The Planning Board at their meeting on August 21, 2019 will be reviewing an application for Preliminary Site Plan approval. 

  1. Ponds Edge Venue – Outdoor Special Events.  The owner of property located at 6165 Brownsville Road has received approval with conditions for a Temporary Use Permit, from the Town Zoning Board of Appeals at their meeting on Monday, July 22, 2019.  The Permit is to operate an outdoor special events venue for wedding ceremonies, small corporate events, bridal showers and baby showers.  The proposed events would operate March 1st through November 1st each year.   The concepts for this new use were discussed by the Planning Board at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019; and a referral for the Temporary Use Permit and Preliminary Site Plan approvals was reviewed by the Ontario County Planning Board at their meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  Following the decision upon the Temporary Use Permit, the Planning Board will be conducting a public meeting for Preliminary Site Plan approval later in August, or in September.

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      July 9, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Wednesday, July 9, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (1)

A resolution authorizing the opening of the Main Trail Portion of the Auburn Trail Connector Project, PIN 4755.96, to traffic prior to contract final acceptance.  

       Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35-acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project     involves the creation of four parcels containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Planning Board, at that meeting completed the Part 2 of the Full SEQR Environmental Assessment Form finding need for supplemental narrative from the applicant to describe mitigation measures for some potentially large impacts.  The applicants indicated that they would provide this information for the Planning Board’s review at their next meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  Based upon this commitment, the Planning Board continued the hearings upon these three applications to the June 5th dated.  However, at the June 5th meeting, the geo-technical report had not been completed.  Thus, the Planning Board has continued the public hearings to their July 17th meeting when it is anticipated that there will be a formal presentation on the Geo-Tech Report that is being prepared for this site.   Once a determination of significance is made by the Planning Board, then the other decisions upon these pending applications may be acted upon.   First will be the decisions by the Zoning Board of Appeals on the four pending area variances; and then decisions by the Planning Board on the proposed land subdivision, special use permit and site plan approvals. 

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  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board, at their meeting on July 9, 2019 will be considering  taking action upon the amenities to be requested of the applicant for this proposed incentive rezoning project.  Town staff have been meeting with the applicant and his engineer to finalize the requested zoning incentives and to identify the site amenities the Town will be seeking in return.  The applicant is proposing a total of six (6) out-parcels to be developed in two phases.  Phase One includes a total of four (4) out-parcels to be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a new branch office of Canandaigua National Bank; a Tops Gasoline self-service station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.    Phase Two includes another free-standing building showing a drive-up window and a two story professional office building.  No date has been scheduled for formal action to adopt the incentive zoning local law.

     

  1. Byrne Dairy Retail Store and Fueling Facility Project.  Byrne Dairy, headquartered in Weedsport, New York, received from the Town Planning Board, on Wednesday, June 19th approvals for a Special Use Permit and Preliminary Site Plan for the construction of a 4,232 square foot one-story convenience store building with a total of twelve fuel pumps and related site improvements on land located at the southwest corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.  The Town Planning Board, on Wednesday, July 17th will be considering taking action upon a Final Site Plan for this project.  As part of this project’s approval, a new “ main street scape design” is being introduce which will run across the frontage of the Byrne Dairy site, as well as the adjacent Farmington Market Center Project site.  The new “main street scape design” includes lawns, landscaping, street trees and some benches for pedestrians.  The purpose of the design is to contribute to the Main Street concept for this area of State Route 96.

       

  1. Farmington Gardens Phase II Project.   The name of this project, known as “Farmington on the Creek,” is anticipated being complete, including final grading and landscaping by the end of July.   

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Phase 1 construction of this 112-unit apartment project, located on land south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood, is now complete and units are being occupied.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project along with the Project’s Community Center. 

       Phase 2 of this project, which consists of a total of 48 apartment units (comprised of 8 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units) was expected to start construction later this summer, however, word has been received that state funding for this project has not yet been approved.   Therefore, no date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project. 

  1. Beaver Creek Park Project.   The Town Board has decided to proceed with completing phases 1 & 2 of this project as one single phase.  It was determined that by combining these two phases there would be a saving of approximately $200,000.00 while also reducing the construction time, construction traffic, minimize future disturbance to adjacent neighborhoods and to the park itself.   Detailed design drawings and specifications for bidding the site work is underway and a contract is expected to be awarded this fall for work to begin.   Water & sewer lines are being installed this year by Town Water & Sewer Department employees, as time permits. The Park Master Plan calls for the installation of water lines, sewer lines, site access from Amber               Drive, two parking lots, site lighting, construction of earthen berms with partial landscaping        along the park’s perimeter, a combination maintenance building with restrooms, two              playgrounds for children in age groups 3               – 6 and 7 -11, a soccer field and a multi-purpose field,    construction of tennis courts/pickle ball                courts, basketball court and a second soccer field,            access from Clovertrail Drive, parking lot, and connection to the adjacent walking trails.                   

  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.  The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., are preparing design drawings and specifications for formal bidding of improvements that are to be made to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).  These restroom improvements are being designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks and ramps to be installed for each of these facilities.   The Town received a grant, from the State of New York, to enable these projects to be completed this year, as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.     

                                                         

  1. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  The Town Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, July 9th, took action to authorize the opening of the Main Trail Portion of the Auburn Trail Connector Project to traffic prior to contract final acceptance.  The Town was notified by the State Department of Transportation, last Wednesday (July 3rd) of a provision in State Regulations that allows the Town to direct such partial opening of the Project.  The Main Trail Portion is defined as being that portion of the Auburn Trail Connector Project between State Route 332 and County Road 41, except for the Amber Drive Link and the Ivory Drive/Canandaigua Farmington Town Line Road section; and the portion along State Route 332 and Canandaigua Farmington Town Line Road, up to the sidewalk end on Town Line Road.   Fisher Associates, the Project Engineers, have inspected this portion of the Project and have determined it to be safe for public use.  A short ribbon cutting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, July 13th, near the intersection of the Ivory Drive crossing.

Work will continue on the remaining portions of the 3-mile-long hiking/biking trail, an extension to the existing Auburn Trail.  Remaining work includes completing the stone dust trail topping between the main trail portion and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road; and completing the construction of the trail crossing over two (2) gabian basket devices.  Until all work has been completed by the contractor, inspected and accepted by the Town’s Trail Engineering firm, Fisher Associates, the trail will remain under the liability of the Contractor as well as Trail maintenance responsibilities.   At the present time, the completion date for this Project is scheduled for Friday, August 2, 2019.                                              

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project.   The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project is now underway.  It includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process for the new culvert was completed and a contract awarded by the Town Board, on April 23, 2019.  In addition to the culvert installation, another contractor is installing the new water main along this section of Town Line Road, as a part of the condition of approval for Phase 2 of the Monarch Manor Project.   Ultimately, this project includes a new highway sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.  

 

The two Towns (Canandaigua & Farmington) have set up message board signs along the Town Line Road notifying motorists of the pending road closure for the above described culvert replacement that will begin next Monday, July 15th.   Then beginning on Monday, the contractor will start work to remove the culvert in late June and installation is programmed to be completed in late September/October.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from July 15th through October 31, 2019.

The Town’s engineering firm, MRB Group, D.P.C., has also completed the design for the entire project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act.”  These improvements include sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road.  This entire project will be completed in phases that extend into 2022.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington continue work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.  

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.   

  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch  

       water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is estimated at $9,036,000.00.

       The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have

        been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large wetland area.  The next step involves the preparation of the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

        Currently the Town is also working with the Town Engineers and the Town Fiscal Advisor on the potential financial impacts of the project and the submission of important documents requested by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning Project, Sections 1 & 2.  All forty (40) lots located within Section 1 of this project, consisting of the two-unit single-family dwellings, have been sold to Sortino Home Builders.  The landowner of the project, A&D Real Estate Development Corporation, is now proceeding with obtaining final plat approval for Section 2.  There are a total of 48 two-unit single-family structures within Section 2 of this project.   Section 2 will provide connections to both the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and New Michigan Road.  The Planning Board will be receiving the final plat application at their meeting on Tuesday, July 17, 2019.  

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   All six (6) of these new lots located within the Section 6S area now are either under construction, or are being occupied.   Two of these units serve as the sales office for Ryan Homes and will continue to be used for sales during the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Project.   The former sales office/home fronting on Ackerman Way has been turned over to the property owner for occupancy.   

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-ninth (29th) basement has been dug in this section and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, the installation of public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete.  The Town Board accepted dedication for the streets located in this section at their meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to enable the issuing of the Cs of O.

  1. Ivory Drive Connection to Carmens Way (Section 6N, Auburn Meadows Subdivision).    

The road base, sidewalk, street lights and street signs for the extension of Ivory Drive, between the Auburn Trail crossing and the intersection of the Carmens Way, has been completed.  The Town Board, at their meeting on July 9th  authorized the formal opening of this street.  This new town road extension will provide an alternate means of access (both pedestrian and vehicular) from the various sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Project and The Estates @ Beaver Creek to the traffic signal located on State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. road base, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) have been installed within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves the construction of Omega Drive between Spartan Drive and Ackerman Way.   

Along the east side of Ackerman Way, the new lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  There will be two additional sidewalk connections between the sidewalk along the east side of Ackerman Way and the above mentioned section of the Auburn Trail Project.  A total of twelve (12) lots have started construction in this Section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.  Final Subdivision Plat Approval was granted by Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 for both of these newest sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.   Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way to Ackerman Way, from the intersection with Spartan Drive; and the connection of Jasper Drive, between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.  Following final approvals from the State Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, signatures will be affixed to the Final Plat drawings and then filed in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office.  Then a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled with construction to commence this summer.

16.  Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1     portion of the overall site.  A total of twelve (12) two-unit townhouse dwellings have been               constructed at this time.  One of the first two units is the model sales office for the project.  In              addition, four more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This section of               the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots along    both sides of a proposed east-west street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is located         west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete gutters,      sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section of            Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and Hook            Road is also a part of Section 1 and is being renovated.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single- family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved with conditions, by the Planning Board at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  Section 2 involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  Citing delays in obtaining final approvals from the New York State Department of Health, the contractor has requested a 90 day extension to their Final Site Plan Approval from the Town Planning Board which was granted at the June 19th meeting. 

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site earth work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a future signalized intersection along State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.  This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility along with intersection improvements at this location.  The improvements to Route 332 include south bound right-turn lane; a south bound right turn lane from County Road 41; and new timing for left turn movements from County Road 41 to State Route 332.

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Details are currently being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.   The developer is also currently working with the Ontario County Department of Public Works Department on design details for street connections to County Road 41.  The next

items to be worked on include the installation of utilities, drainage facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

The Planning Board, at their meeting on February 20, 2019 took action to approve the                                    detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story.   The applicant would like to start obtaining building permits this fall.

The Town and the Town Engineers are also working with the developer to finalize the plans for sewer line improvements needed to accommodate this development, as well as future developments that may be planned for lands south of Hathaway’s Corners along the Route 332 Corridor.

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  The developer intends to install all of the concrete sidewalks to be located in this section, at this time.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane. 

  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story, 18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building this summer.
  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction continues for a new dentist office located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington on The Creek Apartment Project.  The dentist is looking to opening his practice this summer.

22. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn Junction.”   Final site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which includes the removal of the top soil stockpile, grading and seeding of the area between the mini-storage units and State Route 332. Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for the mini-storage facilities and for the two story climate control building.   Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food drive-through restaurant).

  1. America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting was held earlier this year for site clearance of the area for building a new hotel/motel structure and the renovation of the remaining hotel/motel building.  Work involving site clean-up has been completed.  Once final approvals have been received from the State Health Department and the State Department of Transportation, then construction of the new hotel/motel building will begin. The site is located behind the Park Place Restaurant along the south side of New York State Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this project. 

24. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday,                                               December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the       Taco Bell site improvements.   Work on the Microtel project was originally to begin next month, however, the owner is now considering delaying work until next spring (2020).  More details will               be provided as they become known.                                                            

25.  Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue in 2019.  A number of chapters have been determined to need updating to comply with federal and state mandates that have been enacted since the Code was created.  An advisory committee has been established and will continue to work on this task with Town Staff.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  A pre-construction meeting occurred on Monday, July 8th, for a 32,000-horsepower electric compressor station and related site equipment and buildings to be located upon land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, located on the adjacent RG&E substation, have now been installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local utility customers and for the pumping station operations. 

Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town, which is named Empire Drive, which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for Farmland Preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated driveway from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

        The Town has been informed that the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) review          process, provided for under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental           review process, has now been completed.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the   engineers working on the Project, continue to work with Town Staff on a number of details    relating to the construction of this major facility.  It is anticipated that work on this project will   commence this summer and continue into 2020.

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27. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board will be preparing a report and recommendation to the Town Board for the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, from NB Neighborhood Business, GB General Business and RMF Residential Multi-Family to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project, located along the west side of State Route 332, basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza, apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The Town Planning Board report and recommendation to the Town Board will include recommendations contained in the recent amendments to the Town of Farmington Public Sewer Service Master Plan.    

28.  RG&E Hook Road Substation Expansion Project.  Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), has completed the installation of back-up battery panels to be used for storing electricity at the substation until needed.  The project includes the installation of a 70-foot x 70-foot concrete pad with a total of 63 lithium battery storage units, related inverters and transformers, and an eight-foot high security fence with one foot of barbed wire along the top and surrounding the facility. The electrical connection between the substation and the batteries will be underground.   The battery back-up storage units are being undertaken in cooperation with the Empire Gas Pumping Station Project described above in this report.  The installation of the battery storage units is a solution to meet the increased demand for electricity from this substation.  The battery storage units are to be installed in phases. The first phase of 37 batteries have now been installed.  This project is undertaken to meet the battery capacity mandates of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision Act.  An additional 35 batteries will be installed in the spring of 2019. The remaining batteries will be installed over the next 10 years to address reduced

battery capacity as these units age.  The ancillary equipment includes an inverter to convert power from DC to AC, power converters, safety equipment, a transformer and switchgear.  Last month the Town was notified by RG&E that they would begin clearing a portion of their site for a planned expansion of the substation facilities.  A site plan application for this project will be submitted to the Town Planning Board later this summer.

  1. Meyer’s Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.   Site clearing and stabilization located in the rear portion of the site is currently underway.  Once complete, then the RV units located along the north side of the Route 96 frontage will be relocated to the cleared area thereby enabling work to commence on the new sales and service building fronting along the north side of State Route 96.   This portion of the project is anticipated to begin later this year.
  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  Work continues on the proposed 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neil’s Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.  The building addition and related site improvements are expected to be completed this summer.
  1. Aldi Incorporated Project.  Site work continues on the planned 2,315 square foot expansion of the Aldi’s Store located along State Route 332.  The Aldi’s store was closed starting on Friday, May 31st and is expected to re-open this Friday, July 12, 2019. 
  1. Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town, later this summer, will commence the update process to the 2011 Edition of the adopted Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan.    A Committee will be established by the Town Board to guide the revisions to the existing document.  Following the Committee’s work there will be public hearings on the proposed changes, along with a referral to the Ontario County Planning Board for its review and recommendation under the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law.  Public Hearings on the Plan Update are anticipated for next January and February.
  1. Farmbrook Subdivision, Section 7 B.  Town Staff met with the landowner of the previously filed 25 lots located in this last remaining section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project, to discuss the needs for further design changes to be made in this section in order for compliance with the State of New York’s Stormwater Management Program.  Until those changes have been made to the Final Plat Maps, approved by the Planning Board and then filed with the County Clerk’s Office, no Building Permits will be issued for any of the existing lots in this final section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project,.   The landowner, earlier this year, stated that she would be meeting with the Farmbrook Homeowners Association to discuss this matter with them before coming back to the Town next month.  The Homeowners Association has met with Town Staff to understand the obligations to be imposed upon the Town by the State’s Storm Water Maintenance Regulations.   Once an amended final design for development this remaining section is approved, it would link to Alfalfa Crescent and Meadowbrook Lane. 
  1. Community Farmers Market.  The opening day of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce’s Farmers Market, Friday, July 5th, was rained out.  The next scheduled market day is Friday, July 12th, starting at 3:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. on a portion of land located at 1560 State Route 332 (Farmington Country Plaza).  The Farmington Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring up to 15 vendors, once a week (Friday afternoons between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.), ending the last Friday in September. 
  1. Lyons National Bank.   A new branch of the Lyons National Bank is being proposed to use a portion of the site where the historic Hathaway Farm House is located at the northwest corner of State Route 332 and County Road 41.  The bank intends to keep the original historic farm house (approximately 1259 square feet in area) and is proposing approximately a 3,496 building addition to the rear portion of the building along with a 916 square foot second story addition over the branch bank.  There will be two (2) drive-up teller windows along with an ATM/night deposit lane.   All vehicular access will be from Hathaway Drive.   The proposal was introduced to the Town Planning Board for concept discussion at their Tuesday, July 2, 2019 meeting.   The Ontario County Planning Board will be receiving a referral for this project at their July 10th meeting.   Then the Town Zoning Board of Appeals will be receiving an application for area variances at their July 22, 2019 meeting.  Following a decision by the ZBA, the Town Planning Board will be receiving the application for Preliminary Site Plan Approval in August. 
  1. Ontario Antiques Mall – Farm Stand.  The owner of the Ontario Antiques Mall located along the west side of State Route 332 has submitted an application to the Town Zoning Board of Appeals for a Temporary Use Permit for the operation  of a farm stand to be located in the parking lot at said facility.  The concepts for this new use were discussed by the Planning Board at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019; and will be reviewed by the Ontario County Planning Board at their meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  Then the Zoning Board of Appeals will be conducting a public hearing for the proposed Temporary Use Permit on Monday, July 22, 2019.  Following a decision upon the proposed Permit, the Planning Board may be conducting a public meeting for Preliminary Site Plan approval in August.
  1. Ponds Edge Venue – Outdoor Special Events.  The owner of property located at 6165 Brownsville Road has submitted an application to the Town Zoning Board of Appeals for a Temporary Use Permit to operate an outdoor special events venue for weeding ceremonies and small corporate events, bridal showers and baby showers.  The proposed events would operate March 1st through November 1st each year.   The concepts for this new use were discussed by the Planning Board at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019; and will be reviewed by the Ontario County Planning Board at their meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  Then the Zoning Board of Appeals will be conducting a public hearing for the proposed Temporary Use Permit on Monday, July 22, 2019.  Following a decision upon the proposed Permit, the Planning Board may be conducting a public meeting for Preliminary Site Plan approval in August.

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      June 24, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (0)

       Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35-acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project     involves the creation of four parcels containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Planning Board, at that meeting completed the Part 2 of the Full SEQR Environmental Assessment Form finding need for supplemental narrative from the applicant to describe mitigation measures for some potentially large impacts.  The applicants indicated that they would provide this information for the Planning Board’s review at their next meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  Based upon this commitment, the Planning Board continued the hearings upon these three applications to the June 5th dated.  However, at the June 5th meeting, the geo-technical report had not been completed.  Thus, the Planning Board has continued the public hearings to their July 17th meeting.   Once a determination of significance is made by the Planning Board, then the other decisions upon these pending applications may be acted upon.   First will be the decisions by the Zoning Board of Appeals on the four pending area variances; and then decisions by the Planning Board on the proposed land subdivision, special use permit and site plan approvals. 

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  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board, at their meeting on July 9, 2019 will be considering  taking action upon the amenities to be requested of the applicant for this proposed incentive rezoning project.  Town staff have been meeting with the applicant and his engineer to finalize the requested zoning incentives and to identify the site amenities the Town will be seeking in return.  The applicant is proposing a total of six (6) out-parcels to be developed in two phases.  Phase One includes a total of four (4) out-parcels to be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a new branch office of Canandaigua National Bank; a Tops Gasoline self-service station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.    Phase Two includes another free-standing building showing a drive-up window and a two story professional office building.

     

  1. Byrne Dairy Retail Store and Fueling Facility Project.  Byrne Dairy, headquartered in Weedsport, New York, received from the Town Planning Board, on Wednesday, June 19th approvals for a Special Use Permit and Preliminary Site Plan for the construction of a 4,232 square foot one-story convenience store building with a total of twelve fuel pumps and related site improvements on land located at the southwest corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.  As part of this project’s approval, a new “street scape design” is being introduce which will run across the frontage of the Byrne Dairy site, as well as the adjacent Farmington Market Center Project site.  The new “street scape design” includes lawns, landscaping, street trees and some benches for pedestrians.  The purpose of the design is to contribute to the Main Street concept for this area of State Route 96.

       

  1. Farmington Gardens Phase II Project.   The name of this project, known as “Farmington on the Creek,”  is anticipated being complete, including final grading and landscaping by the end of July.   

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Phase 1 construction of this 112-unit apartment project, located on land south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood, is now complete and units are being occupied.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project along with the Project’s Community Center. 

       Phase 2 of this project, which consists of a total of 48 apartment units (comprised of 8 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units) was expected to start construction later this summer, however, word has been received that state funding for this project has not yet been approved.   Therefore, no date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project. 

  1. Beaver Creek Park Project.   The Town Board has decided to proceed with completing phases 1 & 2 of this project as one single phase.  It was determined that by combining these two phases there would be a saving of approximately $200,000.00 while also reducing the construction time, construction traffic, minimize future disturbance to adjacent neighborhoods and to the park itself.   Detailed design drawings and specifications for bidding the site work is underway and a contract is expected to be awarded this fall for work to begin.   Water & sewer lines are being installed this year by Town Water & Sewer Department employees, as time permits.

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The Park Master Plan calls for the installation of water lines, sewer lines, site access from Amber               Drive, two parking lots, site lighting, construction of earthen berms with partial landscaping        along the park’s perimeter, a combination maintenance building with restrooms, two              playgrounds for children in age groups 3               – 6 and 7 -11, a soccer field and a multi-purpose field,    construction of tennis courts/pickle ball                courts, basketball court and a second soccer field,            access from Clovertrail Drive, parking lot, and connection to the adjacent walking trails.                   

  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.  The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., are preparing design drawings and specifications for formal bidding of improvements that are to be made to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).  These restroom improvements are being designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks and ramps to be installed for each of these facilities.   The Town received a grant, from the State of New York, to enable these projects to be completed this year, as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.     

                                                           

  1. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  Work on the 3-mile-long hiking/biking trail, an extension to the existing Auburn Trail, the State’s Regional Trails Network here in the Finger Lakes region, has come to a halt by the contractor working on the project.   The Town has requested the contractor to provide the Town official notification of this decision which is a pre-requisite to the Town taking formal action with the Project’s Bond Company.   Remaining work includes completing the stone dust trail topping along the main trail portion of the project between County Road 41 and State Route 332; stone dust trail topping between the main trail portion and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road; and black topping between the main trail portion and the concrete sidewalk along State Route 332 near the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center.    Until all work has been completed by the contractor, inspected and accepted by the Town’s Trail Engineering firm, Fisher Associates, the trail has to remain closed to the public.  Stay tuned for upcoming news releases on this situation and related postings on the Town’s website.                                               

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project.   The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project is now underway.  It includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process for the new culvert was completed and a contract awarded by the Town Board, on April 23, 2019.  In addition to the culvert installation, another contractor will be installing the new water main in this section of Town Line Road, as a part of the condition of approval for Phase 2 of the Monarch Manor Project.   Ultimately, this project includes a new highway sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.  

 

The two Towns (Canandaigua & Farmington) have set up message board signs along the Town Line Road notifying motorists of the pending road closure for the above described culvert replacement.  The two Towns have started work to prepare the site for the contractors, which

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includes the installation of highway drainage system. 

It is anticipated that the contractor will start work to remove the culvert in late June and installation is programmed to be completed in late September/October.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from the first part of July through October 31, 2019.

The Town’s engineering firm, MRB Group, D.P.C.,  has completed  the design for the project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act,” including sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road in various phases for the project.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington have started work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.  

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.  Both Towns are currently working on obtaining easements along this portion of the Town Line Road. 

  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch  

       water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at                                    the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is estimated at $9,036,000.00.

       The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have

        been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large wetland area.  The next step involves the preparation of the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

        Currently the Town is also working with the Town Engineers and the Town Fiscal Advisor on the potential financial impacts of the project and the submission of important documents requested by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

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  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning, Sections 1 & 2.  All forty (40) lots located within Section 1 of this project, consisting of the two-unit single-family dwellings, have been sold to Sortino Home Builders.  The landowner of the project, A&D Real Estate Development Corporation, is now proceeding with obtaining final plat approval for Section 2.  There are a total of 48 two-unit single-family structures within Section 2 of this project.   Section 2 will provide connections to both the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and New Michigan Road.  The Planning Board will be receiving the final plat application at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.  

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   All six (6) of these new lots located within the Section 6S area now are either under construction, or being occupied.   Two of these units serve as the sales office for Ryan Homes and will continue to be used for sales during the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Project.   The former sales office/home fronting on Ackerman Way has been turned over to the property owner for occupancy.   

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-fifth basement has been dug in this area and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete.  Construction of homes in Section 6N has continued over the winter months with anticipation of the issuing of Certificates of Occupancy (Cs of O) for these dwellings next month.  The Town Board intends to accept dedication for these streets at their meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 to enable the issuing of the Cs of O.

  1. Ivory Drive Connection to Carmens Way (Section 6N Auburn Meadows Subdivision).    

The road base, sidewalk, street lights and street signs for the extension of Ivory Drive, between the Auburn Trail crossing and the intersection of the Carmens Way, has been completed.  The Town Board, at their meeting on May 13th has accepted the Order for Dedication of this new section of highway.  The mandatory waiting period provided for a permissive referendum on this project has expired and the Town Highway Superintendent anticipates formal opening of this street connection in early July.  Once complete this new town road extension will provide an alternate means of access (both pedestrian and vehicular) from the various sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Project and The Estates @ Beaver Creek to State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. road base, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) have been installed within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves the construction of Omega Drive, and a northern extension of Ackerman Way between Opal Drive and ending just north of Omega Drive.  Along the east side of Ackerman Way, the lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road. 

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There will be two additional sidewalk connections between the sidewalk along the east side of Ackerman Way and the above mentioned section of the Auburn Trail Project.  A total of eight (8) lots have started construction in this Section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.  Final Subdivision Plat Approval was granted by Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 for both of these newest sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.   Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way to Ackerman Way, from the intersection with Spartan Drive; and the connection of Jasper Drive, between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.  Following final approvals from the State Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, signatures will be affixed to the Final Plat drawings and then filed in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office.  Then a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled with construction to commence this summer.

16.  Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1     portion of the overall site.  A total of twelve (12) two-unit townhouse dwellings have been               constructed at this time.  One of the first two units is the model sales office for the project.  In              addition, four more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This section of               the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots along    both sides of a proposed east-west street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is located         west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete gutters,      sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section of            Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and Hook            Road is also a part of Section 1 and is being renovated.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single- family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved with conditions, by the Planning Board at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  Section 2 involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  Citing delays in obtaining final approvals from the New York State Department of Health, the contractor has requested a 90 day extension to their Final Site Plan Approval from the Town Planning Board which was granted at the June 19th meeting. 

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site earth work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a future signalized intersection along State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.  This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility along with intersection improvements at this location.  The improvements to Route 332 include south bound right-turn lane; a south bound right turn lane from County Road 41; and new timing for left turn movements from County Road 41 to State Route 332.

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Details are currently being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.   The developer is also currently working with the Ontario County Department of Public Works Department on design details for street connections to County Road 41.  The next

items to be worked on include the installation of utilities, drainage facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

The Planning Board, at their meeting on February 20, 2019 took action to approve the                                    detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story.   The applicant would like to start obtaining building permits this fall.

The Town and the Town Engineers are also working with the developer to finalize the plans for sewer line improvements needed to accommodate this development, as well as future developments that may be planned for lands south of Hathaway’s Corners along the Route 332 Corridor.

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  The developer intends to install all of the concrete sidewalks to be located in this section, at this time.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane. 

  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story, 18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building this summer.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction continues for a new dentist office located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington on The Creek Apartment Project.  The dentist is looking to opening his practice this summer.

22. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn Junction.”   Final site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which includes construction of a two-story climate controlled self-storage facility and a mini-warehouse operation that is to be located in the rear portion of the parcel, along with the construction of a segment of a new Town road to be known as Carmen’s Way.   Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for the mini-storage facilities and for the climate control building.   Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food drive-through restaurant).

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Site landscaping continues, along with the construction of a two-story climate-controlled storage building and related on-site parking improvements.  All of transfers of lands between adjacent properties and the Town have now occurred and have been filed in the County Clerk’s Office. 

  1. America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting was for site clearance of the building of a new hotel/motel structure and the renovation of the remaining hotel/motel building.  Work involving site clean-up has been completed.  Once final approvals have been received from the State Health Department and the State Department of Transportation, then construction of the new hotel/motel building will begin. The site is located behind the Park Place Restaurant along the south side of New York State Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this project. 

24. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday,                                               December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the       Taco Bell site improvements.   Work on the Microtel project was originally to begin next month, however, the owner is now considering delaying work until next spring (2020).  More details will               be provided as they become known.                                                            

25.  Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue in 2019.  A number of chapters have been determined to need updating to comply with federal and state mandates that have been enacted since the Code was created.  An advisory committee has been established and will continue to work on this task with Town Staff.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  The project involves the construction of a 32,000-horsepower electric compressor station and related equipment on land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, to be located on the adjacent RG&E substation, are now being installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local utility customers and for the pumping station operations.  Empire is working with RG&E to develop an interconnect agreement. 

Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for

Farmland Preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated driveway from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

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In the meantime, the Town has been informed that the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) review process, provided for under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental review process, has now been completed.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the engineers working on the Project, continue to work with Town Staff on a number of details relating to the construction of this major facility.  It is anticipated that work on this project will commence this summer and continue into 2020.

27. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board will be preparing a report and recommendation to the Town Board for the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, from NB Neighborhood Business, GB General Business and RMF Residential Multi-Family to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project, located along the west side of State Route 332, basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza, apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The Town Planning Board report and recommendation to the Town Board will include recommendations contained in the proposed amendments to the Town of Farmington Public Sewer Service Master Plan.  That report, from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., has recently been completed on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements will be needed.   Last month Town Staff and the Town Engineers met with the developer and his engineer to discuss options for a proposed sewer route connecting this project to the Town’s major sewer transmission line located north of County Road 41. 

28.  RG&E Hook Road Substation Expansion Project.  Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), has completed the installation of back-up battery panels to be used for storing electricity at the substation until needed.  The project includes the installation of a 70-foot x 70-foot concrete pad with a total of 63 lithium battery storage units, related inverters and transformers, and an eight-foot high security fence with one foot of barbed wire along the top and surrounding the facility. The electrical connection between the substation and the batteries will be underground.   The battery back-up storage units are being undertaken in cooperation with the Empire Gas Pumping Station Project described above in this report.  The installation of the battery storage units is a solution to meet the increased demand for electricity from this substation. 

The battery storage units are to be installed in phases. The first phase of 37 batteries have now been installed.  This project is undertaken to meet the battery capacity mandates of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision Act.  An additional 35 batteries will be installed in the spring of 2019. The remaining batteries will be installed over the next 10 years to address reduced

battery capacity as these units age.  The ancillary equipment includes an inverter to convert power from DC to AC, power converters, safety equipment, a transformer and switchgear.  Last month the Town was notified by RG&E that they would begin clearing a portion of their site for a planned expansion of the substation facilities.  A site plan application for this project will be submitted to the Town Planning Board later this summer.

  1. Meyer’s Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.   Approval was granted for site clearing work to begin.  Site clearing and stabilization located in the rear portion of the site is currently underway.  Once complete, then the RV units located along the Route 96 frontage will be relocated to the cleared area thereby enabling work to commence on the new sales and service building fronting along the north side of State Route 96.   This portion of the project is anticipated to begin later this year.

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  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  Work continues on the proposed 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neil’s Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.  The building addition and related site improvements are expected to be completed this summer.

  1. Aldi Incorporated Project.  Site work continues on the planned 2,315 square foot expansion of the Aldi’s Store located along State Route 332.  The Aldi’s store will be closed starting on Friday, May 31st and then re-opening on Friday, July 12, 2019. 

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town, later this summer, will commence the update to the 2011 Edition of the adopted Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan.    A Committee will be established by the Town Board to guide the revisions to the existing document.  Following the Committee’s work there will be public hearings on the proposed changes, along with a referral to the Ontario County Planning Board for its review and recommendation under the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law.

  1. Farmbrook Subdivision, Section 7 B.  Town Staff met with the landowner of the previously filed 25 lots located in this last remaining section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project, to discuss the needs for changes to be made to the subdivision plat maps for this final section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project, in order for compliance with the State of New York’s Stormwater Management Program.  

The landowner stated that she would be meeting with the Farmbrook Homeowners Association to discuss this matter with them before coming back to the Town next month.  The Homeowners Association will next be meeting with Town Staff to understand the obligations imposed upon the Town by the State’s Storm Water Maintenance Regulations.   Once approved for development this remaining section would link to Alfalfa Crescent and Meadowbrook Lane. 

  1. Community Farmers Market.  The Town Zoning Board of Appeals took action, at their meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019 to approve with conditions a Temporary Use Permit for the Farmington Chamber of Commerce to operate a farmers market on a portion of land located at 1560 State Route 332 (Farmington Country Plaza); and the Town Planning Board will be receiving applications for Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approvals next month for this farmers market.  The Farmington Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring up to 15 vendors, once a week (Friday afternoons between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.), starting in early July and ending the last Friday in September.  Public hearings upon these two applications will be schedule for next month.

  1. Lyons National Bank.   A new branch bank, Lyons National Bank, will be proposing to use a portion of the Hathaway Farm House located at the northwest corner of State Route 332 and County Road 41.  The bank intends to keep the original historic farm house (approximately 1259 square feet in area) and add approximately 3,496 to the rear portion of the building along with a 916 square foot second story addition over the rear portion for the branch bank.  There are two drive-up teller windows proposed along with an ATM/night deposit lane.   All vehicular access will be from Hathaway Drive.   The proposal will be introduced to the Town Planning Board for concept discussion at their Tuesday, July 2, 2019 meeting.   The Ontario County Planning Board will be receiving a referral for this project at their July 10th meeting.  

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Then the Town Zoning Board of Appeals will be receiving an application for area variances at their July 22, 2019 meeting.  Following a decision by the ZBA, the Town Planning Board will be receiving the application for Preliminary Site Plan Approval in August. 

  1.  Ontario Antiques Mall – Farm Stand.  The owner of the Ontario Antiques Mall located along the west side of State Route 332 has submitted an application to the town for a Temporary Use Permit for the operation  of a farm stand to be located in the parking lot at said facility.  The concept will be discussed by the Planning Board at their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 and the Ontario County Planning Board at their meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  Then applications will be made to the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Temporary Use Permit; and to the Planning Board for Preliminary Site Plan approval.

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      May 28, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (2)

  1. Adoption of the “Sewer Transmission Development Capacity Study for the Town of Farmington,” as an amendment to the Sanitary Sewer Collection System Master Plan for the Town of Farmington.

  1. Authorization to waive fees for a Temporary Use Permit and Site Plan Approvals for a Community Farmers Market.

       Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 continued the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35-acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project involves the creation of four parcels containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Planning Board, at that meeting completed the Part 2 of the Full SEQR Environmental Assessment Form finding need for supplemental narrative from the applicant to describe mitigation measures for some potentially large impacts.  The applicants indicated that they would provide this information for the Planning Board’s review at their next meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  Based upon this commitment, the Planning Board continued the hearings upon these three applications to the June 5th dated.    Once a determination of significance is made by the Planning Board, then the other decisions upon these pending applications may be acted upon.   First will be the decisions by the Zoning Board of Appeals on the four pending area variances; and then decisions by the Planning Board on the proposed land subdivision, special use permit and site plan approvals. 

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  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board continues research on the amenities to be requested of the applicant for this proposed incentive rezoning project.  Town staff will be meeting with the applicant and his engineer this week to finalize the requested zoning incentives and to identify the site amenities.  It is anticipated that the Town Board will make a decision upon this requested rezoning at their meeting on Tuesday, June 25th.  The applicant is proposing a total of six (6) out-parcels to be developed in two phases.  Phase One includes a total of four (4) out-parcels to be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a new branch office of Canandaigua National Bank; a Tops Gasoline self-service station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.    Phase Two includes another free-standing building showing a drive-up window and a two story professional office building.

     

  1. Byrne Dairy Retail Store and Fueling Facility Project.  Byrne Dairy, headquartered in Weedsport, New York, is proposing construction of a 4,232 square foot one-story convenience store building with a total of twelve fuel pumps and related site improvements on land located at the southwest corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.  The developer has made a formal submission of drawings and related documents for the public review.  The Planning Board, at their meeting on May 15th started the coordinated review process under the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Act.  A public hearing, upon the Special Use Permit and Preliminary Site Plan, is to be scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

       

  1. Farmington Gardens Phase II Project.   The name of this project, known as “Farmington on the Creek,”  is anticipated being complete at the end of June.   The remaining two apartment buildings are being worked on now and are expected to be completed and ready for occupancy at the end of May.  Final grading and landscaping will then be completed by the end of June.   

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Phase 1 construction of this 112-unit apartment project, located on land south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood, is now complete and units are being occupied.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project along with the Project’s Community Center. 

       Phase 2 of this project, which consists of a total of 48 apartment units (comprised of 8 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units) was expected to start construction later this summer, however, word has been received that state funding for this project has not yet been approved.   Therefore, no date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project. 

  1. Beaver Creek Park Project.   The Town Board has decided to proceed with completing phases 1 & 2 of this project as one single phase.  It was determined that by combining these two phases there could would be a saving of approximately $200,000.00 while also reducing the construction time, construction traffic, minimize future disturbance to adjacent neighborhoods and to the park itself.   Detailed design drawings and specifications for bidding the site work is underway and a contract is expected to be awarded this fall for work to begin.   Water & sewer lines are being installed this year by Town Water & Sewer Department employees, as time permits.

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The Park Master Plan calls for the installation of water lines, sewer lines, site access from Amber               Drive, two parking lots, site lighting, construction of earthen berms with partial landscaping        along the park’s perimeter, a combination maintenance building with restrooms, two              playgrounds for children in age groups 3               – 6 and 7 -11, a soccer field and a multi-purpose field,    construction of tennis courts/pickle ball                courts, basketball court and a second soccer field,            access from Clovertrail Drive, parking lot, and connection to the adjacent walking trails.                   

  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.  The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., are preparing design drawings and specifications for improvements to be made to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).  These restroom improvements are being designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks and ramps to be installed for each of these facilities.   The Town received a grant, from the State of New York, to enable these projects to be completed this year, as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.     

                                                           

  1. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  Work on the 3-mile-long hiking/biking trail, an extension to the existing Auburn Trail, the State’s Regional Trails Network here in the Finger Lakes region, is nearing completion and should be ready to be opened for the public’s use next month.    Remaining work includes completing the stone dust trail topping along the main trail portion of the project between County Road 41 and State Route 332; stone dust trail topping between the main trail portion and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road; black topping between the main trail portion and the concrete sidewalk along State Route 332 near the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center; and a six (6) vehicle parking lot facility for trail users, located along the main trail alignment near the Ivory Drive crossing.    Until all work has been completed by the contractor, inspected and accepted by the Town’s Trail Engineering firm, Fisher Associates, the trail has to remain closed to the public.  Stay tuned for upcoming news releases and postings on the Town’s website.                                               

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project.   The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project is now underway and includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process was completed and a contract awarded on April 23, 2019.  This project includes the highway’s sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.   A Public Informational Meeting on the first phase of this project is to be scheduled for next month at the Town Hall.

 

The two Towns (Canandaigua & Farmington) have set up message board signs along the Town Line Road notifying motorists of the pending road closure for the above described culvert replacement.  The two Towns have started work to prepare the site for the contractor, which includes the installation of highway drainage pipes.  It is anticipated that the contractor will start work to remove the culvert in late June and be completed in late September/October.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from mid-June through October 31, 2019.

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The Town’s engineering firm is also working on preparing green infrastructure design components for the project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act,” including sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington have started work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.  

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.  Both Towns are currently working on obtaining easements along this portion of the Town Line Road. 

  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch  

       water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at                                    the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is $9,036,000.00.

       The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have

        been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large wetland area.  The next step involves a review by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets of the proposed project,  and preparing the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

        Currently the Town is also working with the Town Engineers and the Town Fiscal Advisor on the potential financial impacts of the project and the submission of important documents requested by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  All forty (40) lots located within Section 1 of this project, consisting of the two-unit single-family dwellings, have been sold to Sortino Home Builders.  The landowner of the project, A&D Real Estate Development Corporation, is now proceeding with obtaining final plat approval for Section 2.   The Planning Board will be receiving the final plat application at their meeting on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.   There are a total of 48 two-unit single-family structures within Section 2 of this project.   Section 2 will be connected to both the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and New Michigan Road.

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  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   All six (6) of these new lots located within the Section 6S area now under construction, or being occupied.   Two of these units are now serving as the sales office for Ryan Homes which will continue to be used for the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Project.   The former sales office/home fronting on Ackerman Way has been turned over to the property owner for occupancy.    A sidewalk connection, in Section 6S,  between the sidewalk along the east side of Ackerman Way and a portion of the Auburn Trail will be installed next month.

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-fifth basement has been dug in this area and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete.  Construction of homes in Section 6N has continued over the winter months with anticipation of the issuing of Certificates of Occupancy (Csof O) for these dwellings next month.  Prior to the issuing of the Cs ofO, sidewalks will need to be installed along portions of these new Town highways along with backfilling, grading and seeding.  In addition, the remaining portions of these streets will need to be accepted by the Town Board for dedication.

  1. Ivory Drive Connection to Carmens Way (Section 6N Auburn Meadows Subdivision).    

The road base and drainage improvements for the extension of Ivory Drive, between the Auburn Trail crossing and the intersection of the Carmens Way, has been completed.  The Town Board, at their meeting on May 13th has accepted the Order for Dedication of this new section of highway.  Once the mandatory waiting period provided for a permissive referendum on this project has expired then the Town Highway may install the black top material for this section of roadway, along with concrete sidewalks and street lights.   It is anticipated that this work will be completed and ready for opening by the end of June.  Once complete this new town road extension will provide an alternate means of access (both pedestrian and vehicular) from the various sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Project and The Estates @ Beaver Creek to State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. road base, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) have been installed within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves the construction of Omega Drive, and a northern extension of Ackerman Way between Opal Drive and ending just north of Omega Drive.  Along the east side of Ackerman Way, the lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  There will be two additional sidewalk connections between the sidewalk along the east side of Ackerman Way and the above mentioned section of the Auburn Trail Project.  A total of eight (8) lots have started construction in this Section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.

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  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.  Final Subdivision Plat Approval was granted by Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 for both of these newest sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract.   Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way to Ackerman Way, from the intersection with Spartan Drive; and the connection of Jasper Drive, between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.  Following final approvals from the State Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, signatures will be affixed to the Final Plat drawings and then filed in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office.  Then a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled with construction to commence this summer.

16.  Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1     portion of the overall site.  A total of twelve (12) two-unit townhouse dwellings have been               constructed at this time.  One of the first two units is the model sales office for the project.  In              addition, four more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This section of        the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots along              both sides of a proposed east-west street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is located    west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete gutters, sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section of         Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and Hook     Road is also a part of Section 1 and is being renovated.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single-    family.

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved with conditions, by the Planning Board at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  Section 2 involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  Citing delays in obtaining final approvals from the New York State Department of Health, the contractor has requested a 90 day extension to their Final Site Plan Approval from the Town Planning Board. 

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site earth work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a future signalized intersection along State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.  This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility.  Details are currently being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.   The developer is currently working with the Ontario County Department of Public Works Department on design details for street connections to County Road 41.  The next items to be worked on include the installation of utilities, drainage facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

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The Planning Board, at their meeting on February 20, 2019 took action to approve the                                    detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story. 

The Town and the Town Engineers are also working with the developer to finalize the plans for sewer line improvements needed to accommodate this development, as well as future developments that may be planned for lands south of Hathaway’s Corners along the Route 332 Corridor.

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  The developer intends to install all of the concrete sidewalks to be located in this section, at this time.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane. 

  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story, 18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building this spring.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction continues with the framing now underway for a new dentist office located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington on The Creek Apartment Project.  The dentist is looking to opening his practice in June.

22. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn Junction.”   Final site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which includes construction of a two-story climate controlled self-storage facility and a mini-warehouse operation that is to be located in the rear portion of the parcel, along with the construction of a segment of a new Town road to be known as Carmen’s Way.   Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for the mini-storage facilities and for the climate control building.   Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food drive-through restaurant).

Site landscaping continues, along with the construction of a two-story climate-controlled storage building and related on-site parking improvements.  The last remaining part of the conditions of approval for this project involves the transfers of lands between adjacent properties and the Town.  Legal descriptions and maps of these transfers have been approved by the attorneys for the involved landowners and the Town Board.

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  1. America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting was for site clearance of the building of a new hotel/motel structure and the renovation of the remaining hotel/motel building.  Work involving site clean-up has been completed.  Once final approvals have been received from the State Health Department and the State Department of Transportation, then construction of the new hotel/motel building will begin. The site is located behind the Park Place Restaurant along the south side of New York State Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this project. 

24. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday,                                                     December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the       Taco Bell site improvements.   Work on the Microtel project was originally to begin next month, however, the owner is now considering delaying work until next spring (2020).  More details will               be provided as they become known.                                                           

25.  Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue in 2019.  A number of chapters have been determined to need updating to comply with federal and state mandates that have been enacted since the Code was created.  An advisory committee has been established and will continue to work on this task with Town Staff.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  The project involves the construction of a 32,000-horsepower electric compressor station and related equipment on land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, to be located on the adjacent RG&E substation, are now being installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local utility customers and for the pumping station operations.  Empire is working with RG&E to develop an interconnect agreement. 

Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for

Farmland Preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated town highway service road, from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

In the meantime, the Town was informed last week that the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) review process, under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental review process, has now been completed.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the engineers working on the Project, continue to work with Town Staff on a number of details relating to the construction of this major facility.  It is anticipated that work on this project will commence this summer and continue into 2020.

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27. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board will be preparing a report and recommendation to the Town Board for the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, from NB Neighborhood Business, GB General Business and RMF Residential Multi-Family to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project, located along the west side of State Route 332, basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza, apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The Town Planning Board report and recommendation to the Town Board will include recommendations contained in the proposed amendments to the Town of Farmington Public Sewer Service Master Plan.  That report, from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., has recently been completed on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements will be needed.   Last month Town Staff and the Town Engineers met with the developer and his engineer to discuss options for a proposed sewer route connecting this project to the Town’s major sewer transmission line located north of County Road 41. 

28.  RG&E Hook Road Substation Expansion Project.  Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), has completed the installation of back-up battery panels to be used for storing electricity at the substation until needed.  The project includes the installation of a 70-foot x 70-foot concrete pad with a total of 63 lithium battery storage units, related inverters and transformers, and an eight-foot high security fence with one foot of barbed wire along the top and surrounding the facility. The electrical connection between the substation and the batteries will be underground.   The battery back-up storage units are being undertaken in cooperation with the Empire Gas Pumping Station Project described above in this report.  The installation of the battery storage units is a solution to meet the increased demand for electricity from this substation. 

The battery storage units are to be installed in phases. The first phase of 37 batteries have now been installed.  This project is undertaken to meet the battery capacity mandates of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision Act.  An additional 35 batteries will be installed in the spring of 2019. The remaining batteries will be installed over the next 10 years to address reduced

battery capacity as these units age.  The ancillary equipment includes an inverter to convert power from DC to AC, power converters, safety equipment, a transformer and switchgear. 

Last month the Town was notified by RG&E that they would begin clearing a portion of their site for a planned expansion of the substation facilities.  A site plan application for this project will be submitted to the Town Planning Board later this summer.

  1. Meyer’s Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.   Approval was granted for site clearing work to begin.  Site clearing and stabilization located in the rear portion of the site will be the first phase of this development.  Once complete, then the RV units will be relocated to the cleared area thereby enabling work to commence on the new sales and service building fronting along the north side of State Route 96. 

  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  Work has begun on the proposed 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neil’s Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.  The building addition and related site improvements are expected to be completed this summer.

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  1. Home Power Systems Project.  The Planning Board granted Final Site Plan approval for a 10,000 square foot warehouse addition to Home Power System’s existing building and an additional 15 new on-site parking spaces to their property located on the east side of Corporate Drive East; and re-subdivision of their land into two (2) lots (R-6A and R-6B) with Lot R-6B to remain vacant at this time.  Once all signatures have been affixed to the drawings and a letter of credit filed with the Town Clerk’s Office then a pre-construction meeting will be scheduled for this project.

  1. Aldi Incorporated Project.  Site work has commenced on the planned 2,315 square foot expansion of the Aldi’s Store located along State Route 332.   The Aldi’s store will be closed starting on Friday, May 31st and then re-opening on Friday, July 12, 2019. 

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town, later this summer, will commence the update to the 2011 Edition of the adopted Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan.    A Committee will be established by the Town Board to guide the revisions to the existing document.  Following the Committee’s work there will be public hearings on the proposed changes, along with a referral to the Ontario County Planning Board for its review and recommendation under the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law.

  1. Farmbrook Subdivision, Section 7 B.  Town Staff met with the landowner of the previously filed 25 lots located in this last remaining section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project, to discuss the needs for changes to be made to the subdivision plat maps for this final section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project, in order for compliance with the State of New York’s Stormwater Management Program.  

The landowner stated that she would be meeting with the Farmbrook Homeowners Association to discuss this matter with them before coming back to the Town next month.  The Homeowners Association will next be meeting with Town Staff to understand the obligations imposed upon the Town by the State’s Storm Water Maintenance Regulations.   Once approved for development this remaining section would link to Alfalfa Crescent and Meadowbrook Lane. 

  1. Community Farmers Market.  The Town Zoning Board of Appeals will be receiving an application for a Temporary Use Permit to operate a farmers market on a portion of land located at 1560 State Route 332 (Farmington Country Plaza); and the Town Planning Board will be receiving applications for Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approvals for this farmers market.  The Farmington Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring up to 15 vendors, once a week (Friday afternoons between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.), starting in early July and ending the last Friday in September.  Public hearings upon these two applications will be schedule for next month.

Memorandum

TO:            Farmington Town Board, Town Public Works and Town Operations                                           Committees Report

FROM:      Ron Brand, Director of Planning & Development     Ronald L. Brand

DATE:      May 14, 2019

RE:            Report to Town Public Works and Town Operations for Town Board Meeting on                                    Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

I have the following items to report for this week’s Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Resolutions (0)

       Town Projects Update

  1. Delaware River Solar Project.  The Town Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 will continue the three (3) public hearings upon applications for a special use permit, preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision plat approval, to construct a 35-acre commercial solar farm upon lands located south of Fox Road and west of Yellow Mills Road.  The project     involves the creation of four parcels containing a total of 135 acres of land.  Of this total, approximately 35 acres is being proposed for the installation of 21,000 solar panels upon three large solar arrays.  The property is located within the Ontario County Consolidated Agricultural Use District #1 and is being actively farmed. 

The Planning Board’s continuation of these three applications is based upon the need to determine on Wednesday evening that all of the previously requested information deemed necessary for a determination to be made under the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Regulations has now been provided.   If the Board determines that it has enough information to make an informed determination of significance (e.g.  That the application is complete and ready to be acted upon) then the Board is expected to complete Parts 2 and 3 of the Full SEQR Environmental Assessment Form.  Once a determination of significance is made by the Planning Board, then the other decisions upon these pending applications may be acted upon.   First will be the decisions by the Zoning Board of Appeals on the four pending area variances; and then decisions by the Planning Board on the proposed land subdivision, special use permit and site plan approvals. 

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  1. Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Application.  The Town was informed by the State Department of Transportation, on May 7, 2019 that our grant application to enable the installation of sidewalks was not be awarded.  The Project included the installation of approximately 13,600 lineal feet of five foot wide sidewalks in areas where currently there are no sidewalks.  These areas include:  along both sides of State Route 96 (between the Victor/Farmington Town Line and the Fairdale Glenn Town House Project); the south side of Elizabeth Way;  the east side of Mertensia Road (from Route 96 north to the sidewalks in Collett Woods);  the west side of Beaver Creek Road;  the north side of County Road 41 (between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332);  and the south side of County Road 41 (between the Auburn Trail crossing and the existing sidewalks along the west side of State Route 332).  The total estimated cost of these improvements is $ 1,540,000.00 with the Town proposing a 30% local match of $ 462,000.00.

  1. Farmington Market Center.  The Town Board, at their meeting on Tuesday, April 23rd meeting continued the public hearing upon the proposed rezoning of approximately 18 acres of land located on the south side of State Route 96, east of the Mertensia Road intersection.  Michael Montalto, Project Manager, Costich Engineering, on behalf of the current owners of the former Wades Plaza Site presented plans for the development of the former Wades Property which is now to become known as the Farmington Market Center Project.  The applicant is proposing four out-parcels to be developed.  One parcel will be occupied by a new Mavis Tire store; a second parcel to be occupied by a new branch office of Canandaigua National Bank; a third parcel to be used for a Tops Gasoline self-service station; and the fourth parcel to be developed as some type of commercial use, perhaps a restaurant.  

      The County Planning Board has completed their review of the proposed rezoning application, recommending approval with comments.  The Town Board has continued the public hearing upon the proposed request for Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

  1. Byrne Dairy Retail Store and Fueling Facility Project.  Byrne Dairy, headquartered in Weedsport, New York, is proposing construction of a 4,232 square foot one-story convenience store building with a total of twelve fuel pumps and related site improvements on land located at the southwest corner of State Route 96 and Mertensia Road.  The developer has made a formal submission of drawings and related documents for the public review.  The Planning Board, at their meeting on May 15th started the coordinated review process under the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Act.  A public hearing, upon the Special Use Permit and Preliminary Site Plan, is to be scheduled for Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

       

  1. Farmington Gardens Phase II Project.   The name of this project is now known as “Farmington on the Creek.”  The remaining two apartment buildings are being worked on now and are expected to be completed and ready for occupancy at the end of May.  Final grading and landscaping are anticipated being complete as of the end of June.   

  1. Conifer Realty Pintail Crossing Apartment Project.  Construction continues on phase 1 of this 112-unit apartment project on land located south of Quentonshire Drive, between County Road 41 and the Farmbrook Neighborhood.  A total of 64 apartment units are included in phase 1 of this project.   The existing paved section of Quentonshire Drive, the section from County Road

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41 south (which was not originally constructed to Town Highway Standards) has now been reconstructed to Town standards and offered for dedication to the Town on Wednesday, May

14th.  Following dedication, the applicants will soon be requesting Certificates of Occupancy for these 64 units plus the Project’s Community Center. 

       In addition to the work nearing completion in Phase 1, the Town has now signed Final Site Plan    drawings for Phase 2 of this project.  Phase 2 consists of a total of 48 apartment units, comprised of 8 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units.  No date has been established for the preconstruction meeting for this second phase of the project. 

  1. Beaver Creek Park Project.   The Town Board held a public information meeting on Thursday evening, February 21, 2019 that was attended by approximately 40 residents.  The public was informed that the third attempt for a parks grant was not accepted and that the Town Board has since decided to move forward.  Staff informed every one of the status of work that has been completed on this capital improvement project, including the details for the first two phases of this site’s development.  Cost estimates for both phases were discussed along with the timing for their completion.  Currently, the estimated costs for Phase 1 development which includes installation of water lines, sewer lines, site access from Amber Drive, two parking lots, site lighting, construction of earthen berms with partial landscaping, a combination maintenance building with restrooms, two playgrounds for children in age groups 3 – 6 and 7 -11, a soccer field and a multi-purpose field is approximately $2.7 million dollars.  Phase 2 includes construction of tennis courts/pickle ball courts, basketball court and a second soccer field, access from Clovertrail Drive, parking lot, and connection to the adjacent walking trails. The estimated cost for completing this work is just under $974,000.00. The Town Board has decided that completing phases 1 & 2 in the same contract will result in a savings of approximately $200,000.00. This would also reduce the construction time, construction traffic, minimize future disturbance to the neighborhood and the park itself, and reduce the length of dust problems that would be caused with two separate contracts.

  1. Restroom Improvements at Town Parks.   The Town has received, from the State of New York, fully executed contract documents for the planned improvements to be made in 2019 to the public restrooms in both the Town Park (on County Road 8) and the Pumpkin Hook Park (on Allen Padgham Road).   Grant funds for these two projects were made available as the result of assistance obtained from State Senator Pamela Helming’s Office in Albany.   These restroom improvements are designed to meet handicap accessible standards that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition to the restroom improvements, the grant will also enable portions of new sidewalks to be installed for these facilities.   The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., is preparing a proposal to complete the design for these improvements which are anticipated to commence this summer and be complete in the fall season of 2019.

                                                           

  1. Auburn Trail Grant Project.  Work on the 3-mile-long hiking/biking trail, which is an extension to the State’s Regional Trails Network here in the Finger Lakes region, commenced at the end of April and was to have been completed by May 15th, however, information obtained from the Town’s Construction Inspectors finds that the contractor will not meet this deadline. 

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Remaining work includes completing the stone dust trail topping along the main trail portion of the project between County Road 41 and State Route 332; trail topping between the main trail portion and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road; black top is to be installed, primarily

between the main trail portion and the concrete sidewalk along State Route 332 near the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center; and a short segment of concrete sidewalk needs to be completed along the south side of County Road 41, between New Michigan Road and the Auburn Trail crossing.  Finally, a six-vehicle parking lot facility for trail users, has been constructed and located along the main trail alignment near the Ivory Drive crossing.                                                  

  1. Town Line Road Capital Improvement Project.  MRB Group, P.C., has submitted to the two town highway superintendents, in the towns of Canandaigua and Farmington, final design and construction cost estimates for the reconstruction of the section of the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road between State Route 332 and New Michigan Road.

The first phase of this highway’s capital improvement project includes installation of a new culvert crossing for Beaver Creek and the installation of a new water main and the widening of the shoulders for the future installation of sidewalks. The design plans for the water main installation in this portion of the overall highway improvement project have been approved by the New York State Department of Health.  The formal bid process was completed and a contract awarded on April 23, 2019.  This project includes the highway’s sub-base, culvert replacement, wing wall placement and limited fill/compaction.   A Public Informational Meeting on the first phase of this project is scheduled for the May/June timeframe at the Town Hall.

 

The two Towns (Canandaigua & Farmington) are planning now to set up message board signs along the Town Line Road notifying motorists of the pending road closure for the above described culvert replacement.  In June, the two Towns will start work to prepare the site for the contractor.  It is anticipated that the contractor will start work late June and be completed in late September/October.  This portion of the Town Line Road is anticipated to be closed from mid-June through October 31, 2019.

The Town’s engineering firm is also working on preparing green infrastructure design components for the project.  The project will also include improvements to meet the requirements of the federally mandated “Complete Streets Act,” including sidewalks, bike lanes, widened travel pavement and pedestrian crossings along this section of the Town Line Road.  The towns of Canandaigua and Farmington have started work on obtaining easements from property owners located along this portion of the highway.  

Phase 2 of this highway improvement project involves the installation of a new water main to be constructed in early 2020, between Route 332 and Estate Drive.  Phase 3 involves the highway improvements during 2020, for the section of Town Line Road between New Michigan Road and Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way.  Phase 4, to be completed in 2021, involves the highway improvements between Spartan Drive/Ackerman Way and Stablegate Drive.   Phase 5, to be completed in 2022, involves the remaining section between Stablegate Drive and the right-of-way for State Route 332.  Both Towns are currently working on obtaining easements along this portion of the Town Line Road. 

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  1. Brickyard Road Water Tank & Transmission.    The Town has been awarded a grant in the total amount of $3,614,400.00 to be used towards the construction of a new water storage tank on land owned by the Canandaigua/Farmington Water District, located along Brickyard & Yerkes Roads in the Town of Canandaigua.  The project also includes construction of a new 16-inch  

       water transmission main from the new water tank site into the Town of Farmington, at                                    the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.   The total project cost is $9,036,000.00.

       The Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., and Canandaigua Town Officials continue to meet with a property owner in the Town of Canandaigua confirming the water line alignment along with an alignment for the construction of a new town road; and land necessary for the continuation of the Auburn Trail into and through the Town of Canandaigua connecting to the Ontario Pathways Trail located in the City of Canandaigua.  Once the alignments for these improvements have

        been determined, then the Town Engineers will have their wetland biologist continue the wetlands delineation to resolve the future town road and water main alignment around a large wetland area.  The next step involves a review by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets of the proposed project,  and preparing the draft easement map and description for the road, trail and transmission main. 

        Currently the Town is also working with the Town Engineers and the Town Fiscal Advisor on the potential financial impacts of the project and the submission of important documents requested by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

  1. Monarch Manor Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  A total of twenty (24) lots have been sold, occupied or are under construction with four (4) additional units under contract as of this report.  There are a total of forty (40) two-unit single-family structures within Section 1 of this project.   Section 1 will be connected to Beaver Creek Park via the pedestrian bridge crossing of Beaver Creek.   Later this spring, the Town understands that Section 2 of this project will be forthcoming for Planning Board approvals.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 6 S and 6 N.  Construction continues within these two sections of the overall subdivision tract.  Section 6S involves a total of six (6) lots to be located along Ackerman Way with access from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road and Opal Drive.   Three of the five new lots, located within the Section 6S area, now identified as “The Cottages,” have homes either under construction, or being occupied.  One of these units is now serving as the sales office for Ryan Homes which will continue to be used for the remaining sections of the Auburn Meadows Project.   The former sales office/home fronting on Ackerman Way has been turned over to the property owner for occupancy.   

Section 6N involves a total of fifty-four (54) lots along Amber Drive, Marion Way, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive.  The twenty-third basement has been dug in this area and forms placed for the pouring of concrete walls.  The base course paving of the remainder of Amber Drive, Jasper Drive and Ivory Drive, public water lines and public sewer lines is now complete.  Construction of homes in Section 6N has continued over the winter months.  Prior to the issuing of Certificates of Occupancy for these dwellings, sidewalks will need to be installed along portions of these new Town highways along with backfilling, grading and seeding.  In addition, the remaining portions of these streets will need to be accepted by the Town Board for dedication.

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The road base and drainage improvements for the extension of Ivory Drive, between the Auburn Trail crossing and the intersection of the Carmens Way, has been completed.  The Town Board, at their meeting on May 13th has accepted the Order for Dedication of this new section of highway.  Once the mandatory waiting period provided for a permissive referendum on this project has expired then the Town Highway may install the black top material for this section of roadway, along with concrete sidewalks and street lights.   It is anticipated that this work will be completed and ready for opening by the end of June.  Once complete this new town road extension will provide an alternate means of access from the various sections of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Project and The Estates @ Beaver Creek to State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Section 9.  Site improvements (e.g. roads, drainage, water lines, sewer, sidewalks, etc.) are under construction within this section of the Auburn Meadows Subdivision Tract, located north of Section 6S which is located off from the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The project involves a northern extension of Ackerman Way between Opal Drive and ending just north of Omega Drive.  Along the east side

Of Ackerman Way, the lots will back-up to portions of the dedicated Beaver Creek Parkland and the Auburn Trail Connector Project, the portion located between Ivory Drive Crossing and the Canandaigua/Farmington Town Line Road.  The black top road base has been installed.  Utility lines have also been installed thereby enabling the construction of new houses to commence.

  1. Auburn Meadows Subdivision, Sections 7S and 8S.  An application for Final Subdivision Plat Approval was granted by Planning Board, at their meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.  Section 7S involves a total of 25 lots to be located along the easterly extension of Marion Way to Ackerman Way, from the intersection with Spartan Drive; and the connection of Jasper Drive,

between Ackerman Way and Marion Way.  Section 8S involves a total of 31 lots to be located along both sides of Ackerman Way, between the Marion Way and Jasper Drive intersections.  Following final approvals from the State Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation, signatures will be affixed to the Final Plat drawings and then filed in the Ontario County Clerk’s Office.  Then a preconstruction meeting will be scheduled with construction to commence this summer.

                             

  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 1.  Construction work continues within the Section 1 portion of the overall site.  A total of twelve (12) two-unit townhouse dwellings have been constructed at this time.  One of the first two units is the model sales office for the project.  In addition, four more units have been sold and will soon be under construction.  This section of the project consists of 41 single-family townhouse dwelling units to be located on lots along both sides of a proposed East-west Street, to be called Redfield Grove.  Redfield Grove is located west of Hook Road and opposite King Hill Drive.   The contractor has installed concrete gutters, sidewalks, street lights and has paved the binder course of black top for the first section of Redfield Drive.  The existing large yellow house located at the corner of Redfield Drive and Hook Road is also a part of Section 1 and is being renovated.   This dwelling is to be leased to a single-family.

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  1. Redfield Grove Incentive Zoning, Section 2.  Final Subdivision/Site Plan drawings for this new section have been approved with conditions, by the Planning Board at their meeting on January 2, 2019.  Section 2 involves the construction of 35 single story two-unit townhouse dwellings, the redesign of the intersection of Redfield Drive and Commercial Drive intersection, and the redesign of the intersection of Commercial Drive with State Route 96.  Citing delays in obtaining final approvals from the New York State Department of Health, the contractor has requested a 90 day extension to their Final Site Plan Approval from the Town Planning Board. 

  1. County Road 41 Rezoning (Hathaway’s Corners).   Site earth work is ongoing for this project.  A construction entrance road has been completed along State Route 332.  This entrance road location will become a new signalized intersection along State Route 332.  The recent removal of the large trees located at the southwest corner of the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41 is also complete.  This portion of the site will become a large storm water control facility.  Details are currently being worked out between the applicant’s engineer and the Town Water & Sewer Department for relocating utilities outside of the area to be expanded for a right turn lane for east bound traffic on County Road 41 onto the southbound travel lane for State Route 332.    The next items to be worked on include the installation of utilities, drainage facilities and the boxing-out of the new streets.

The Planning Board, at their meeting on February 20, 2019 took action to approve the                                    detailed Final Subdivision Plat and Final Site Plan drawings for Phase 1 of this Project.  Phase 1 will consist of 42 single family detached lots and 151 residential townhouse dwelling units, of which 70 will be ranch style (or single story) and 72 will be two-story. 

The Town and the Town Engineers are working with the developer to finalize the plans for sewer line improvements needed to accommodate this development, as well as future developments that may be planned for lands south of Hathaway’s Corners along the Route 332 Corridor.

  1. Hickory Rise Subdivision Tract, Section 4.  Earthwork and the installation of utilities and the new looped road, to be known as Tweed Trail, have been completed within this final section of the Hickory Rise Project.  The developer intends to install all of the concrete sidewalks to be located in this section, at this time.  There are a total of 43 lots to be located within Section 4, which will involve the extension of Tweed Trail to the east from Harlowe Lane. 

  1. American Equipment Maintenance Building.  American Properties of Western New York, LLC, continues their construction of a one story, 18,150 square foot building and related site improvements on property located along the east side of State Route 332 and the present American Equipment Building on Collett Road.   American Equipment is looking forward to opening their new building this spring.

  1. Hathaway Drive Dentist’s Office.  Site construction continues with the framing now underway for a new dentist office located along the east side of Hathaway Drive, north of the Perez Drive and south of the Farmington on The Creek Apartment Project.  The dentist is looking to opening his practice in June.

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22. Cerone Incentive Zoning Project – State Route 332 Opposite Farmbrook Drive – “Auburn Junction.”   Site work continues for phase 1 of this Project which is now to be known as “Auburn Junction.”  This phase includes construction of a two-story climate controlled self-storage facility and a mini-warehouse operation that is to be located in the rear portion of the parcel, along with the construction of a segment of a new Town road to be known as Carmen’s Way.   This new road will connect to Ivory Drive which is located in Section 6N of the Auburn Meadows Tract.  Carmen’s Way will then extend in a south easterly direction to the recently installed signalized intersection at State Route 332 opposite Farmbrook Drive from the intersection of Ivory Drive.  Phase 2 of the Project will commence once tenants have been determined for a small commercial plaza and the two out-parcels (one of which is identified as a potential fast food drive-through restaurant).

Site landscaping continues, along with the construction of a two-story climate-controlled storage building and related on-site parking improvements.  The one remaining part of the conditions of approval for this project involves the transfers of lands between adjacent properties and the Town.  Legal descriptions and maps of these transfers have been approved by the attorneys for the involved landowners and the Town Board, at their meeting on May 14th took action to accept the offer of dedication.

  1. America’s Best Value Inn Project.  A preconstruction meeting originally scheduled for the end of January 2019 was held last Friday morning for the building of a new hotel/motel structure and the renovation of the remaining hotel/motel building.  Work involving site clean-up is expected to begin this week.  Once final approvals have been received from the State Health Department and the State Department of Transportation, then construction of the new hotel/motel building will begin. The site is located behind the Park Place Restaurant along the south side of New York State Route 96.  DGA Builders have been hired to perform the work on this project. 

24. Taco Bell & Microtel Hotel Project.  The Taco Bell Restaurant opened to the public on Sunday,                                                     December 23, 2018.  The entrance to the KFC Restaurant site has been realigned as part of the       Taco Bell site improvements.   Work on the Microtel project was originally to begin next month.  The owner is now considering delaying work until next spring (2020).  More details will be provided as they become known.                                                           

25.  Town Code Update.  Staff continue work on updating the various chapters of the Town Code which involve editing of the existing code and proposing amendments thereto.  This ongoing process will continue in 2019.  A number of chapters have been determined to need updating to comply with federal and state mandates that have been enacted since the Code was created.  An advisory committee has been established and will continue to work on this task with Town Staff.

  1. Empire Pipeline Project.  The project involves the construction of a 32,000-horsepower electric compressor station and related equipment on land located south of I-90 (New York State Thruway), east of Hook Road and north of the Town of Farmington Highway Complex.  Electric substation/transmission upgrades, to be located on the adjacent RG&E substation, are now being installed which will enhance electrical service reliability for local utility customers and for the pumping station operations.  Empire is working with RG&E to develop an interconnect agreement. 

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Other components of this project will include a shared access road with the Town which will become a paved dedicated Town Highway.  The decision to make this a dedicated highway, instead of having a separate driveway to the pumping station, promotes the Town’s policies for

Farmland Preservation as provided within its’ adopted Farmland Protection Plan.  This shared access road will also provide access improvements to the Town’s Salt Storage facilities and highway aggregate materials storage area.  The Town continues to work with the applicant to find a solution for a permanent roadway easement to allow the Town of Farmington to construct a second point of access, a non-dedicated town highway service road, from Collett Road near the railroad crossing to the Town Highway Campus property located on Hook Road. 

In the meantime, the Town was informed last week that the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC) review process, under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) environmental review process, has now been completed.  The Attorney for the Project, along with the engineers working on the Project, continue to work with Town Staff on a number of details relating to the construction of this major facility.  It is anticipated that work on this project will commence this summer and continue into 2020.

27. 1600 Rochester Road Project.  The Town Planning Board, in April, will be preparing a report and recommendation to the Town Board for the rezoning of four (4) parcels of land, containing a total of 85.6 acres, from NB Neighborhood Business, GB General Business and RMF Residential Multi-Family to IZ Incentive Zoning.  The project, located along the west side of State Route 332, basically surrounds the Cobblestone Performing Arts Center on three sides.  It involves mixed retail uses, a small plaza, apartments, townhouses and an assisted living memory care facility.  The Town Planning Board report and recommendation to the Town Board will include recommendations contained in the proposed amendments to the Town of Farmington Public Sewer Service Master Plan.  That report, from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., has recently been completed on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements will be needed.   This week Town Staff and the Town Engineers met with the developer and his engineer to discuss options for a proposed sewer route connecting this project to the Town’s major sewer transmission line located north of County Road 41. 

28.  RG&E Hook Road Substation Expansion Project.  Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), has completed the installation of back-up battery panels to be used for storing electricity at the substation until needed.  The project includes the installation of a 70-foot x 70-foot concrete pad with a total of 63 lithium battery storage units, related inverters and transformers, and an eight-foot high security fence with one foot of barbed wire along the top and surrounding the facility. The electrical connection between the substation and the batteries will be underground.   The battery back-up storage units are being undertaken in cooperation with the Empire Gas Pumping Station Project described above in this report.  The installation of the battery storage units is a solution to meet the increased demand for electricity from this substation. 

The battery storage units will be installed in phases. The first phase of 37 batteries have now been installed.  This project is undertaken to meet the battery capacity mandates of New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision Act.  An additional 35 batteries will be installed in the spring of 2019. The remaining batteries will be installed over the next 10 years to address reduced

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battery capacity as these units age.  The ancillary equipment includes an inverter to convert power from DC to AC, power converters, safety equipment, a transformer and switchgear. 

Last week the Town was notified by RG&E that they would begin clearing a portion of their site for a planned expansion of the substation facilities.  A site plan application for this project will be submitted to the Town Planning Board later this summer.

  1. Meyer’s Recreation Vehicle Sales & Service Project.  A pre-construction meeting was held with the developer, his contractor and local officials.  Approval was granted for site clearing work to begin.  Site clearing and stabilization located in the rear portion of the site will be the first phase of this development.  Once complete, then the RV units will be relocated to the cleared area thereby enabling work to commence on the new sales and service building fronting along the north side of State Route 96. 

  1. DOMA 332 Incentive Zoning Project.  The Town Board, at the April 24th, meeting received a request for amending the zoning for Lot R1-D of the Mercier Incentive Zoning Project; and for the rezoning of an adjacent 6.99-acre parcel of land located on the east side of State Route 332, between State Route 332 and Beaver Creek Road.  The rezoning request involves a total of approximately 22 acres of land, which is almost all of the land south of the KFC Restaurant extending south to the former Speedway Gas Station at the intersection of State Route 332 and County Road 41.   Among the amenities being proposed to the Town are: a new public road connecting between Beaver Creek Road and State Route 332 (opposite Mercier Boulevard); sidewalks along frontages of State Route 332, Beaver Creek and the proposed Town Road; over-sized water mains creating new looped water supplies in the area; and intersection improvements at State Route 332 and Mercier Boulevard.  The project, at this time, involves all commercial developments with no residential units being proposed.  The Town Planning Board

is currently reviewing the proposed rezoning application and is awaiting a report from the Town Engineers, MRB Group, D.P.C., on the sewer capacities in the area and identification of what improvements, if any, will be needed.   Once that information has been provided, the Planning Board will be providing a report and recommendation to the Town Board later this spring.

  1. Maddie’s Power Sports Project.  A pre-construction meeting was held and work has begun on the proposed 6,000 square foot building expansion and related site improvements at the former O’Neil’s Power Sports site, located at 6200 State Route 96.  The building addition and related site improvements are expected to be completed this summer.

  1. Home Power Systems Project.  The  Planning Board granted Final Site Plan approval for a 10,000 square foot warehouse addition to Home Power System’s existing building and an additional 15 new on-site parking spaces to their property located on the east side of Corporate Drive East; and re-subdivision of their land into two (2) lots (R-6A and R-6B) with Lot R-6B to remain vacant at this time.  Once all signatures have been affixed to the drawings and a letter of credit filed with the Town Clerk’s Office then a pre-construction meeting will be scheduled for this project.

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  1. Aldi Incorporated Project.  The Planning Board, on Wednesday, April 3rd, granted final site plan approval with conditions for a 2,315 square foot building addition to the grocery store located along State Route 332.  A Letter of Credit for the approved site improvements has been filed with the Town Clerk’s Office and a pre-construction meeting has been held for this project.  The Aldi’s store will be closed starting on Friday, May 31st and then re-opening on Friday, July 12, 2019. 

  1. Comprehensive Plan Update.  The Town, later this summer, will commence the update to the 2011 Edition of the adopted Town of Farmington Comprehensive Plan.    A Committee will be established by the Town Board to guide the revisions to the existing document.  Following the Committee’s work there will be public hearings on the proposed changes, along with a referral to the Ontario County Planning Board for its review and recommendation under the provisions of the New York State General Municipal Law.

  1. Farmbrook Subdivision, Section 7 B.  Town Staff met with the landowner of the previously filed 25 lots located in this last remaining section of the Farmbrook Planned Development Project, to discuss the needs for changes to be made to the subdivision plat maps for this section in order for compliance with the State of New York’s Stormwater Management Program.   The landowner stated that she would be meeting with the Farmbrook Homeowners Association to discuss this matter with them before coming back to the Town next month.  Once approved for development this remaining section would link to Alfalfa Crescent and Meadowbrook Lane. 

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