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Tech park requests PDD changes

At its Tuesday, Nov. 28, meeting, the Malta planning board will review a request for minor modifications to the Luther Forest Technology Campus planned development district.

In a letter to town officials, Jack Kelly, senior vice president of Saratoga Economic Development Corp., asked the town to grant approval of 12 amendments to the original PDD, which was adopted May 18, 2004.

The board will hold three public hearings, two of which relate to other technology campus issues before the review. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

The first proposed amendment is to increase the acreage of the PDD to 1,099.57 acres from the approved 1,035 acres. The increase reflects the property purchased after the PDD was adopted to make room for the entrances to the campus at Stonebreak Road and on Route 67, as well as lands swapped with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Kelly is also seeking to change the boundary with Stillwater to coincide with the existing stream valley.

A second proposal relates to the water source for the site. The amendment seeks to clearly dic-tate the use of Saratoga Water Services for the residential portion of the development area, and have it available for start-up and as a backup in another area of the development.

Citing reports from an independent water consultant, Kelly said data indicate that the groundwater source in the Colonie Channel can support these uses. The Hudson River will continue to be the site's primary source of water.

Another amendment related to the residential area seeks to require building heights to be in line with town code for residential properties.

Other amendment requests apply to the site's Fisher Act Classification, which provides tax-exempt status until the site plan is put before the board for review. Kelly is asking that tax-exempt status be in place until final plan approval.

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