Besides alleviating traffic concerns, less traffic volume has another positive effect.
"The more walkable the community is and the more integrated it is with the community around it," said Runion, "the more environmentally friendly it is."
Runion said one of the goals of the project is to get away from suburban sprawl."
At the meeting, Runion brought up a second concern dealing with where the positive financial impacts of the project will occur and what impact they'll have on the larger community.
"I'd like to see something that shows a positive financial impact," said Runion. "Show people their tax burden won't be increased."
Runion said that the project would only generate positive financial benefits if tax revenues from the commercial and residential influx are greater than those services that will need to be provided including schools, police and utility services.
"Are we going to be generating more taxes than the services receive?" asked Runion. "Where do we meet the balance?"
Runion said the next step would be a public comment period until Sept. 15, until which time the town will be accepting public input. The adopted scope document will be available for review at Guilderland Public Library, Altamont Free Library and the town clerk's office.""