The Town of Lansing Planning Board held a public hearing on Aug. 26 to discuss Salt Point Brewing Company’s submitted plan to relocate and expand its business.
The brewing company moved to its current location at 2075 East Shore Drive in 2018 but recently purchased a five-acre plot of land to relocate and expand its business along Route 34B, west of Louise Bement Lane, where the proposed Town Center would be located.
The project includes a new 4,000-square foot wholesale production facility with on-site retail sales and a tap room attached to the facility. According to the application, the proposed project would cost $450,000.
“Our plan expands to include a new, larger production facility and a location with outdoor open spaces for dining, summertime concerts, harvest festivals, farmer’s markets and holiday events,” Salt Point Brewing Company wrote in a memo attached to its site plan application. “Outdoor features of the expanded location will include a gazebo, picnic tables and lawn chairs for picnic-style dining and socializing, and outdoor games for community members of all ages to enjoy.”
According to Planning Director CJ Randall, only one member of the public spoke in front of the board about the project, and that particular individual expressed support for the project. Randall also said the Planning Board conducted a determination of environmental significance for the proposed project.
The property that the proposed project would be built on is adjacent to a wetland area that would be connected to the Town Center trails. In its memo, the brewing company emphasized the importance of preserving the environment nearby the property.
“Salt Point Brewing Company will honor the rural, agricultural nature of Lansing by working to preserve the scenic and historic features of our surroundings and maintaining pedestrian-friendly walkways and facilities surrounding the brewery,” the company wrote in the memo. “Community connectivity is an important feature of our business model and we plant to maintain paths and walkways in and around our property so that the brewery and surrounding area is easily accessible to pedestrians.”
The Planning Board unanimously passed a resolution at the hearing, determining that the “proposed project will result in no significant impact on the environment” after executing an environmental review.
“Essentially it was just a conversation about some of the particulars of the site,” Randall said of the discussion at the meeting back in August. “The Planning Board did want to get a sense of their event protocol. The applicant has also just submitted their … Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan [SWPPP], so we’ll be reviewing that soon with the town engineers, just to be sure that the grading and stormwater control that will be used as a part of the project’s development are good to go.”
Randall said she anticipates that the Planning Board will be heading towards preliminary and final site plan approval by Sept. 23, pending a review by the Tompkins County Planning Department. The project will need to be reviewed by the county’s planning department because the business would be located close to a state highway, and thus the county will need to check to see if there would be any significant intermunicipal impacts.
From there, once the county’s planning board’s review is submitted, the town’s planning board will examine the suggestions (if any) made by the county and choose to follow those suggestions. The planning board will also need to review the applicant’s SWPPP and landscaping plan before potentially granting the preliminary and final site plan approval on Sept. 23.