Cecunjanin permit approved after over a year of debate

NEW SCOTLAND — Following months of back-and-forth among the planning board, zoning board, neighbors, and one special-use permit applicant, said permit has finally been approved.
At the May 6 planning board meeting, Mike Cecunjanin sat and patiently waited for special use permit application #550 to be called; it will allow him to construct a single-family dwelling on his 64 Waldenmaier Road parcel.

Because the parcel is zoned for industrial use, Cecunjanin, like his neighbors, had to get a permit to build a house there.

Cecunjanin had been using the lot to keep some farm animals, fencing off sections of the property.

After a series of meetings with the town’s building inspector, Jeremy Cramer, and neighbors displeased with the state of Cecunjanin’s property, represented by Cynthia Elliott, Cecunjanin came to an agreement with all parties.

A set of 11 conditions were placed on the approval of the application, including changing the fencing around the property and containing any fowl Cecunjanin chooses to keep on his hobby farm.

As he left the meeting, Cecunjanin looked back into the room and said, “Bye, neighbors, you’re still going to have me, I’m sorry.”

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