Jessica Jenack, AICP
Phone: (315) 629-4283
Fax: (315) 629-4393
The Planning Board plays a crucial role in the development of the town, working to ensure that future growth aligns with the needs and aspirations of its residents. Comprised of seven members appointed by the Town Board for seven-year terms, the Board is responsible for conducting comprehensive reviews of Subdivision and Site Plan applications, with a focus on encouraging sound and flexible designs.
In addition to its core responsibilities, the Planning Board works closely with Jessica Jenack, the Community Development Coordinator, to facilitate long-term planning and coordinate with other Town staff and governmental agencies. The Board also advises the Town Board on planning-related matters, investigates and reports on plans for development and zoning changes, and provides recommendations to the Town Board or Zoning Board of Appeals.
As part of its efforts to engage and inform the community, the Planning Board maintains the official zoning map and disseminates information to the general public regarding the planning and subdivision process. The Board's goal is to maintain a professional and business-friendly atmosphere while prioritizing the rights and needs of Town residents, ensuring that future development aligns with the community's vision for the future.
The Planning Board has a work session at 6:00 PM followed by a regular meeting at 6:30 PM on the 1st Thursday of each month in the Conference Room of the Municipal Office Building, located at 8650 LeRay Street, Evans Mills, NY, in addition to any special meetings, which are called if needed.
Planning Board meetings are open to the public. When a public hearing is held in regard to a certain project or application, persons attending are offered the opportunity to speak regarding the issue before the Board. Legal notices, including Special Meeting notices, are published in the Watertown Daily Times newspaper.