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Public Hearing - Remaining Open - 0n Proposed Local Law to Amend the Zoning Ordinance Related to Solar Energy of the Town of Danby, New York
April 29, 2017


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Danby will hold the following Public Hearing on Monday, MAY 8, 2017 at the Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road (aka Route 96B): 

FURTHER NOTICE - Due to comments on the draft Local Law, there will be revisions made. The revised draft will be posted on the Code/Planning page of this web site. The Public Hearing is to remain open until the June 19 Town Board meeting. Additional comments from the public continue to be welcomed. 


7:00 p.m., to hear all comments of interested persons related to considering adoption of Town of Danby Local Law X of 2017 “A Local Law to Amend the Zoning Ordinance Related to Solar Energy of the Town of Danby, New York.” 

This Zoning for Solar Energy Law is to "advance and protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the Town of Danby, in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan, including: 1. Taking advantage of a safe, abundant, renewable energy resource; 2. Decreasing the cost of energy to the owners of commercial and residential properties; and 3. Managing the safety and aesthetic issues related to installation of Solar Energy Systems."

The full text of the proposed Local Law is on file on the Town of Danby web site,, and in the Office of the Danby Town Clerk, located at 1830 Danby Road, and is available for review during office hours.


By Order of the Town Board.

All persons will be heard either in writing or in person.

Pamela Goddard, Danby Town Clerk
Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Board of Zoning Appeals Seeks Applicants
April 12, 2016

The Town Board of the Town of Danby is seeking three members for the Board of Zoning Appeals to complete the remainders of:

  • a one-year term (ends December 31, 2016); 
  • a two-year term (ends December 31, 2017); and 
  • a three-year term (ends December 31, 2018). 

Members of the Board of Zoning Appeals:

  • Must be residents of the Town of Danby
  • Must submit a Letter of Interest and be appointed by the Town Board
  • Are expected to fulfill the New York State attendance and training requirements for BZA members
  • Follow Town Law, Section  267 (a)

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) consists of five citizens, appointed by the Town Board. These are not salaried positions; however, they play an important role in ensuring that the zoning process is equitable. A zoning law is a community's guide to its future development. The Danby Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial body, existing primarily to act as a buffer for aggrieved applicants requesting relief from the zoning. BZAs have two appellate functions: the review of applications for use and area zoning variances, and the power to render interpretations of the zoning regulations. The Board of Zoning Appeals also conducts environmental quality review (SEQRA) when necessary.

State law requires that BZA members receive at least four hours of training each year on the Town’s zoning ordinance and on case law that affects BZA decisions. Training materials will be provided by the Town. Trainings are also available regionally and online for if you are unable to attend a scheduled in-house trainings. Meetings to hear variance appeals are typically held once a month or once every two months, scheduled as needed to hear variance applications.  

Please contact Town Clerk (607.277.4788 or to fill out an application to join!

Applications received by May 2 will be considered at the May 9 Town Board meeting.

Applications are welcome after this date and will be considered until all vacancies are filled.

Funding for farmland protection
April 05, 2016
Attention Farmers: Funding for farmland protection!

Applications are being accepted until April 25 for the purchase of development rights program through the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets! This program allows farmers to cash in a fair percentage of the equity in their land, creating a financially competitive alternative to selling land for non-agricultural uses. These permanent easements prevent development that would pave over the land, while providing landowners liquid capital that can enhance the economic viability of individual farming operations. 

There will be a meeting to discuss the funding on Tuesday, April 12th from 7-8:30 pm at Tompkins County Public Library BorgWarner Room. Please contact Scott Doyle at Tompkins County Planning at (607) 274-5560 or or Town Planner C.J. Randall at (607) 277-0799 or

Gunderman Road Planned Dev. Zone Documents Available
August 24, 2015
On August 17th, The Town Board passed a motion to send a draft of the proposed Planned Development Zone (PDZ) 10 for Summit Enterprise Center, 297-303 Gunderman Rd, on to the Planning Board for review. The rezoning applicant’s documents are available for download on the Code Enforcement, Planning, and Zoning webpage, available by selecting that Department at the top of this page. Once you are on the Code Enforcement, Planning, and Zoning webpage, please click on ‘Documents’ and scroll to the bottom. If you have questions or concerns about the proposed rezoning, please contact Town Planner C.J. Randall at (607) 277-0799 or
Danby Fun Day - Sat. July 11 - Parade Closing
July 10, 2015

The 32nd Annual Danby Fun Day takes place at the Danby Fire Hall on Saturday July 11 from 10am through 4pm. Bring the family for games, music, educational exhibits, a silent auction, and the fabulous Fun Day Parade!

The Parade will roll out along Route 96b, starting at 10:30. In order to facilitate the safe movement of Parade participants, Route 96B will be closed between Miller and Bald Hill Roads from 10:15-12:15.

There will be a detour route from the West Miller Road intersection with Route 96B to Comfort Road, to Lieb Road, to the Bald Hill Road intersection with Route 96B.

Sign up to Receive Email News/Alerts from Town of Danby
March 27, 2015

Read the Ithaca Journal or Ithaca Times and you will learn that there is a lot going on in Danby. You can receive critical information directly to your "in box" by self-subscribing to email alerts. When something important happens, town officials now have the ability to notify you through email. This is one method of enhancing our emergency notification communication, and simply informing residents of actions and events of interest. Additional information may be posted on the Home Page of the Town of Danby web site. Specific email addresses cannot be viewed, and your contact information will remain private and secure.


To do this: 1.Visit the Town of Danby’s official website  2. Click on link NEWS on the sidebar, directing you to the News page.  3. Scroll to the bottom of the NEWS page. There you will find "Subscribe to Town Of Danby News.  4. Enter your email.  5.  You must "confirm submission" through your email account.

Danby Town Court New Office Hours
March 25, 2015

The Town Court of the Town of Danby has new office hours, three days a week, in addition to its traditional Tuesday night courtroom hours.


The Court Clerk will be available on Moday and Wednesday mornings from 9am until 1pm, and Tueadys from 9am until noon. The Clerk can answer questions, accept payment of fines, and review court-related paperwork during those hours. The Danby Court phone number is 607.277.0095.


The Court holds its regular weekly session on Tuesday evenings. starting at 7pm.


Please note: The Court Clerk is not the same person as the Town Clerk.


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