Vista zoning law discussed in New Scotland

Mike Morelli, assistant director of economic development and planning in Bethlehem, said the conceptual master plan had been approved in July 2007 and the Bethlehem Planning Board is now waiting on individual building site proposals from Vista. He said they have been given a preliminary proposal for a 40,000-square-foot office building, but are mostly concerned with the water and sewer reports at this stage.

He said all the environmental reviews for Bethlehem have been completed.

A proposition to include Bethlehem's definition of "light industry" and Colonie's definition of performance standards was made at the meeting.

Dolin said Bethlehem's light industry definition would most likely be included in the proposed law, which is expected to be voted on at the Aug. 13 meeting of the Town Board, although the final draft of the law would most likely not include performance standards.

Colonie's performance standards include guidelines for noise, odor, vibration and glare.

They also include provisions related to hazardous materials, smoke and ash and material storage, according to the language of the law.

Dolin said the board has not expressed much interest in including Colonie's performance standards into the new zoning law, although a final decision has not yet been made.

"The purpose of the public hearing is to entertain thoughts and suggestions," Dolin said.

He and the board will discuss the suggestions before the next meeting, and come up with a revised draft of the law.

Spotlight Reporter Jarrett Carroll contributed to this story.""

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