Project Team - Ridgeline (Viewshed)
The Town of Canandaigua's Citizen's Implementation Committee (CIC) for years has been leading the effort to protect the Town of Canandaigua's Natural Resources with the support of the Town Board, the Planning Board, ZBA, and ECB. In particular thank you to the many residents who have participated in our project teams and the ECB to dig deeper into issues like Ridgeline protection.
In March 2017 a joint meeting was held of the Boards to discuss the concept of a Ridgeline Law. As noted in the ECB's 2017 annual report to the Town Board the ECB conducted a lengthy review of the proposed law and 2018 report. During the Town Board's meeting on June 2017, the Town Board authorized the Town of Canandaigua to hire Saratoga Associates to draft an update to the Town of Canandaigua's existing Ridgeline Guidelines for adoption into Town Code as an effort to protect the Town of Canandaigua's Ridgelines.
In 2020 and 2021 the Town of Canandaigua's Ordinance Committee debated a number of versions of a ridgeline viewshed law based on the draft Saratoga Associates law. In the end it was the intent of the Ordinance Committee to recommend a new Scenic ViewShed Overlay District which limits lot sizes to at least one acre in size in the Scenic ViewShed of Canandaigua Lake to protect the natural resources of the Town of Canandaigua in those environmentally sensitive areas.
OLDER DOCUMENTS (Historical Considerations):
** Saratoga Associates working draft (September 2017)
** Comments from Watershed regarding working draft (September 2017)
* Draft Local Law pertaining to Ridgelines and/or Viewsheds
** In October 2017 a meeting was held to discuss status of Ridgeline Law