"I think that [the study] is really focusing this towards hamlet design, and this is not hamlet design," said Planning Board Chairman George Leveille.
Of particular note is that hamlet zoning prohibits parking directly in front of a store, which Burke said might very well be a deal breaker for the interested pharmacy.
Town Director of Economic Development and Planning Michael Morelli estimated that the Delaware Avenue study would be completed in early 2010. He also said that the proposed building would be too big for a hamlet zone without being broken up architecturally.
"The idea was really to try to avoid a boxy look in a hamlet zone," he said.
The DPC is an advisory entity without any regulatory authority. Representatives of town offices gather to tell applicants what they are likely to expect during the approval process.
As proposed, the pharmacy/office plan would need to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance regarding the 195-space parking lot size and to the Planning Board for site plan approval.
Burke declined to say what pharmacy is interested in the location. The developer will take the comments made at the meeting back to the drawing board and may very well appear before the DPC at its December meeting with revisions. Burke is working with Infinigy Engineering and Surveying on the project.