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SEDC wants land restrictions

Town Supervisor Paul Sausville, the town board and town staff members gathered together Monday to meet with representatives from Saratoga Economic Development Corp. (SEDC) to discuss the conveyance of lands within the Luther Forest Tech Campus (LFTC).

While the conveyance of 28 acres within the site to the town has been a stipulation of the planned unit development district (PDD) legislation, SEDC has increased the acreage to 34, but has also requested that the town include in the deed and title of the land restrictions that were not dis-cussed as part of the PDD legislation.

We want to make sure that property would be used for current PDD use, said Jack Kelley, senior vice president of SEDC. "We'd like to have you respect that PDD. We'd like it to go through a site plan-type review so as to not be a detrimental impact to the fab."

Advanced Micro Devices has announced plans to build a chip fabrication plant in LFTC.

Town Attorney Tom Peterson and members of the town board expressed concern about placing restrictions on the property.

"Is the town willing to arbitrarily restrict the use of its property?" Peterson asked. "The town doesn't need to do that. The only thing the town would get out of that is that it might make the campus more attractive to buyers." Peterson suggested a landowner agreement.

"We already go through the planning board," said councilman Cliff Lange. "We don't have to, but we adhere to it because we expect developers to."

Lands owned by the town are not required to go through the process of site plan review, and do not have to comply with existing zoning laws, said Peterson. Historically, said board members, the town has always engaged in the site plan review process and provided open forums for public comment.

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