Public hearing to be set for retail size-cap law

The New Scotland Town Board is scheduled to set a date for a public hearing regarding a local law that would limit the size of retail developments in the town's commercial zone, according to Supervisor Tom Dolin's office.

The Town Board will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14. They are expected to schedule the hearing at that time.

The limitations incorporate the concepts and goals set forth in the town's Comprehensive Land Use Plan and the Citizens' Zoning Advisory Committee Report. They prohibit large, regional-drawing, retail projects and instead encourage community-focused, economically viable development, said Daniel Mackay, spokesperson for New Scotlanders for Sound Economic Development.

According to NS4SED the law is co-sponsored by Town Supervisor Tom Dolin and Town Board Member Doug LaGrange, and would change the Zoning Law to limit new retail or wholesale buildings at 50,000 square feet for individual developments and a group of retail or wholesale stores at 100,000 square feet within the commercial zone.""

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