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Residents get together for development talk

"A moratorium preserves the status quo while the town considers changes to the zoning code," he said. "A one-year moratorium would be better," Baker said. "Six months will require people to work hard, but it's fine."

Baker said that he does not think that the Sphere Development Group has a lot of experience. "They seem to be locked into a model that they're comfortable with, but that model doesn't fit the needs of this town."

Another speaker at the meeting was Nan Stolzenburg, a community planner with Community Planning and Environmental Associates in Berne. Although not a resident of New Scotland or a member of NS4SED, she was invited to speak based on her professional experience.

"The community needs to work together," she said.

Stolzenburg said the criteria for New Scotland's current zoning laws is that they be adequate, harmonious, appropriate and compatible.

Stolzenberg said the criteria are too vague. She also gave comprehensive planning tools for the Town Board and the town's Planning Committee to follow, such as having sign regulations, such as design, height and size; and street standards such as the size of roads and the type of pavement.

"Whatever you want, put into your zoning laws," she said.

Town Supervisor Thomas Dolin agrees. "The presentations convinced me even more that I am in favor of a moratorium," he said. Dolin said that he went to the meeting because he was interested in hearing what the speakers had to say. "I thought it was very well done, informative and enlightening," he said.

The other four members of the board were in attendance also, but did not respond to requests for comment before press time.

"We're all in this together," Sommer said. He said that he thinks the night was a success. "I think anytime you get an opportunity to share reliable information to your fellow community members, it's very important. Public participation is vital."

A public hearing regarding a possible moratorium is scheduled for May 7 at the Voorheesville High School. ""

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