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New Scotland zoning draft unveiled

Paul Cantlin, building inspector in the town, called the new draft a "rational approach" to development.

"To put a cap doesn't really solve the issue," said Cantlin.

A 10,000-square-foot car crushing operation could have more of a negative impact on the community than a 60,000 square foot market, he said.

The town currently has a moratorium in place on new commercial buildings larger than 30,000 square feet while it examines the zoning laws that affect residents. The moratorium is set to expire Wednesday, April1. The town will be scheduling a public hearing on the zoning proposal in the coming weeks.

Greg Widrick, a representative of Sphere Development LLC, a Syracuse-based company with plans to develop a 137,000 -square-foot retail anchor store, such as Target, at the corner of routes 85 and 85A in New Scotland, said he is hopeful for the opportunity to present the board with its plans.

"We would obviously do whatever is necessary under the law," Widrick said.

He said under the provision of the proposed law, known as Local Law I, Sphere would provide a feasibility study to determine the viability of their development.

Attempts to contact Daniel Mackay, founder of NS4SED, were unsuccessful.

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