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Towns to hold hearing about linkage study

The towns of Guilderland and Princetown have prepared a plan to guide development of a 4-mile stretch of Route 20 between Route 158 and Duanesburg, which makes recommendations for land use and transportation upgrades, according to information provided by the town.

A public meeting about the plan is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Princetown Town Hall.

A presentation of the draft plan concepts by consultants, Behan Planning Associates and the Capital District Transportation Committee, which helped fund the land use and transportation study leading up to the meeting, will take place at the event.

CDTC representative Chris O'Neill said the organization matches 50 percent of funding that the municipalities put up in order to conduct linkage studies, such as the one for Guilderland and Princetown.

He cited the importance of integration as an important reason to develop land.

Donald Csaposs, a grant writer in Guilderland, said Princetown has had some pressure to develop the land on their end, and Guilderland has not been able to develop the area due to a lack of water, which prompted the study.

Csaposs said the goal of the study and public meeting is to look at a way to develop the area in a mutually beneficial way, without being overly concerned with the town line.

"We're not expecting anything particularly controversial," Csaposs said of the meeting.

The Princetown side has limited commercial development, while the Guilderland side is primarily zoned for agricultural uses, although Csaposs said there has been a recent push by the public for residential development in the area.

Princetown Supervisor Nicholas Maura said the primary benefit for Princetown will be the opportunity to sell its water to Guilderland. He added that the proposal is still in the preliminary stages, and could take years to realize.

Csaposs said a general discussion about developing the 4-mile stretch was held in Guilderland last November, which led to calls for preservation of the rural character, slowing traffic down in the area, considering a hamlet development near Dunnsville, improving the aesthetics of the area and further study of the long- and short-term implications of the plan.

The meeting in Princetown will not go over some of the specifics of the type of development that is feasible, and where funding will come from.

Csaposs said funding for future developments could come from state grants, a developer or even the local tax levy.""

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