"The recommendations that have been made are not reflective of the neighbors," said Ed Dombroski of West Latham. "The only people that support this are Saratoga Associates."
Saratoga Associates are the engineers charged with formulating the zoning and land uses ordinances based on the recommendations of the comprehensive plan, in which they also had a hand.
Dombroski pointed out to town officials and planners that all studies done in the area over the course of 20 years showed that residents favored keeping the area residential. The only ones that had made the suggestion to make it mixed use were Saratoga Associates, he said.
However, town officials and planners have repeatedly made the case that the proposed ordinances and zones are rooted in years of public meetings and surveys use to formulate the comprehensive plan.
"This is a plan put together by the residents of the town. It is this plan for the future that will move us ahead," said board member J. Brian Hogan after making a motion to adopt the plan.
Other last-minute changes to the plan included removing hotel and motel uses from light industrial and office residential zones. Brizzell also requested that a parcel off of Albany Shaker Road abutting The Crossings Park remain single family residential rather than change to a land conservation zone.
Brizzell assured residents that the town would continue to work with and for residents when the time comes for changes to the plan.""