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Ethics matter dropped; moratorium extended in New Scotland

A moratorium on commercial development in the Town of New Scotland for commercial buildings larger than 30,000 feet has been in place for six months, and at Wednesday's meeting, the board opted to extend it for three more months, ending on March 1.

The Kormos matter dealt with the relationship she had with a potential buyer, Mark Schafer, of the Bender melon farm, located at the heart of the commercial zone.

That developer was later outbid by Sphere Development LLC, which has plans to develop the farm with a 137,000-square-foot anchor store.

Kormos, who is also a member of advocacy group New Scotlanders for Sound Economic Development, which supports a 50,000-square-foot size cap on commercial retail stores, said she considered resigning from the committee, but has received so much support she will stay on to finish the recommendation to the Town Board.

She said she was satisfied with the outcome, but not the process.

"The matter was not handled well by all parties," she said. "It was designed just to get me off the committee."

She also said she questioned the motivations of Robinson in raising the matter, but she expects CZAC to continue to function despite the conflict.

"We're both professional. We don't have to be best friends to work on this committee," said Kormos.

Kormos said there is still much involved with making a final change in the zoning law, including town approval, county approval and public hearings.

"We really do not have very much time to come up with a recommendation," she said.

She added she believes she will be able to provide CZAC with information that supports her original position that a big-box development is not the best way to develop the land.

Dolin said he expects CZAC will be able to continue its work, and he is happy to see the matter resolved.

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