Town Board: On June 19, 2014, the Ancram Town Board adopted an amendment to the Town Zoning Ordinance to protect the scenic character of ridgelines and steep slopes. The amendment establishes standards…  read more

Town Board: The Ancram Town Board will be making appointments to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Board of Assessment Review at the annual Town Board organizational meeting to be…  read more

Financial Advisory Council: The Ancram Financial Advisory Council (FAC) was established by the Ancram Town Board in 2010 to provide financial analytic support for the Town Board and Town Supervisor, and to provide…  read more

Town Board: The Town Board of the Town of Ancram does hereby give notice that the Regular Town Board meetings will now be held on the Third Thursday of every month. Any changes will be published prior to the meeting.

Public Notice

Town Board: The Ancram Town Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, October 15 at 7 pm at the Ancram Town Hall, 1416 CR 7, Ancram NY 12503 to solicit public comment on Zoning Revisions - Package 4, which include the following proposed revisions: Section IV: Area and Bulk Regulations which clarify that only one principal dwelling is allowed per lot, and adds Section IV J, Density Calculation which includes Subsection IV J 4, Allocation of Density, and IV J 5, Monitoring Lot Splits; Section V: Supplemental Regulations which address: A) General provisions for all Districts concerning accessory buildings and uses; flood prevention; storm-water; utilities, fences and walls; buffers between farm and non-farm uses, and protection of agricultural lands; buffers between zoning districts; flag lots; demolition; cemeteries; sanitary disposal; agricultural data statement, disclosures, coordination with NYS Agricultural Districts; corner clearance; and general performance standards for odor, smoke, dust, and other atmospheric pollutants; heat; industrial wastes; fire and explosion hazards; vibration; and light pollution and glare; B) commercial logging; C) off-street parking, loading, and access; D) Signs; E. Lighting; F) Landscaping [for new commercial uses]; G) Manufactured Home Parks H) Ridgeline Protection; I) Supplemental Commercial Design Standards; J) Special Use Standards; K) Multi-Family Dwellings; and L) Industrial District Performance Standards; Section V (J) 10: Standards for Specific Uses subject to Special Use Permit which provides standards tailored to more than 60 selected uses, especially those that are subject to Planning Board approval of a special use permit. The tailored standards apply to uses ranging from adult entertainment and auto body repair/paint shop, to gasoline station and golf course, to recycling facility and self-storage pod; Section XII, Definitions Section XII now includes definitions for uses and terms found throughout the zoning revisions. The current zoning ordinance defined 97 terms; the updated list defines more than 400. Although many definitions carry over from the current ordinance, many others result from 21st Century contemporary life (e.g. day care, convenience store) and others reflect issues of interest (e.g. conservation easement, man camp/worker camp. Copies of Zoning Revisions - Package 4 are available here or from the Ancram Town Clerk.