New zoning draft in New Scotland

"We should base our decisions with real data, about a real project," he said.

He said the costs, tax implications and feasibility of the project surviving are important to him.

Reilly said the 85,000 square-foot retail building cap, and 250,000 square-foot shopping center cap, come in under what is generally considered "regionally" drawing entities.

He said a typical Wal-Mart is about 90,000 square feet, and a regionally drawing shopping center about 300,000, although "regionally" drawing is a debated definition.

Regionally drawing retail buildings are prohibited by the town's Comprehensive Plan.

Reilly said Peg Neri, another board member, has made some suggestions to his draft, and those could be included before the April 15 meeting. If that is that case, Reilly said he is hopeful that "something should get referred out that meeting."

A draft of the law must go before the New Scotland Town Planning Board and Albany County Planning Board, and a public hearing must be scheduled to discuss the law, before it can be adopted.

Reilly said if the law goes out to the planning board and county, a public hearing could be scheduled for June.

Dolin said he would vote in favor of sending Reilly's draft the county and town planning board's and holding a public hearing on the law, even though he does not agree with its provisions.

"Ultimately, we're just trying to come up with a good balance," Reilly said.


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