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Town passes second moratorium extension

Supervisor Tom Dolin said that law has been drafted, and a public hearing has been officially scheduled for April 22. However, that could change if the language and details of the law are altered.

"There's probably going to be some changes to the law," Dolin said. "There is some minor discussion about how the narrative reads."

He said the Planning Board is meeting on Tuesday, March 3, and will have the opportunity to make recommendations to change the law.

Roz Robinson, former chairwoman of the Commercial Zone Advisory Committee who resigned amid conflict-of-interest allegations against fellow committee member Liz Kormos, said she is in favor of changes to the law.

CZAC was charged with making recommendations regarding the town's zoning laws, and its remaining members, Kormos and Mike Naughton, support a cap of 50,000 square feet for buildings and 100,000 square feet for retail complexes. Both are NS4SED members.

Robinson said the law calls for changes that reach beyond the size cap.

"It's just broader than it was intended to be," Robinson said. "It discourages even the smallest of retail business in our town."

Robinson said the law includes provisions that would require a special permit for all businesses in the commercial district, and would add multiple levels of red tape. It would make expanding more difficult for owners, and slow the process down for even "mom and pop" stores by months.

She said a "hasty" attempt by NS4SED to put a size cap in place and the group's role in helping to draft the law has been detrimental.

"This causes problems above and beyond the emotional size cap," Robinson said.

NS4SED founder Daniel Mackay said the draft of Local Law I was first presented by CZAC and NS4SED members Naughton and Kormos in their report to the Town Board.

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