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Parisi asks for rezone reform in Rotterdam

Del Gallo said Parisi's proposal will make the process of rezoning harder than it needs to be by creating a lot more paperwork and red tape.

"I think we have enough laws as it is," said Del Gallo.

Following a public hearing on March 24 on the rezoning of an apartment complex at 325 Duanesburg Road owned by Sync Realty, Del Gallo said a $1,000 campaign contribution from the company would not sway his vote.

The town of Rotterdam will meet again on Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

The draft of the resolution is as follows:

271-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known, and may be cited, as the "Rotterdam Rezone Reform Act of 2010" (RRRA).

271-2 Purpose.

It is the purpose of this chapter to promote development in the Town of Rotterdam in a manner that ensures openness and accountability to the citizens of the Town. This Chapter will serve to limit a developer's ability to rely on personal connections to Town officials to garner support for zoning changes, without the public being aware of such connections. It will also serve to promote and protect proper and organized town planning and will promote adherence to well-considered Town planning documents such as the Town Comprehensive Plan.

271-3 Definitions.

Covered Person

Includes the applicant, his relatives, and any professional, or tradesman, working on the applicant's behalf, including attorneys, architects, engineers, real estate professionals, builders, contractors, etc.

Disclosure of Personal Connections Form

Means the form that shall be created by the Town of Rotterdam Zoning Board of Appeals, in conjunction with the Town of Rotterdam Ethics Board, which shall carry out this Chapter. This form must require notarization and all statements made thereon shall be sworn to, under penalty of perjury. Before taking affect, such form shall be approved by the Rotterdam Town Board, and said form shall be reapproved, or amended, on the First day of January in each subsequent year.

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