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Comp. Plan Review meeting loses focus, again

"It's hard to put a standard in because the town is so diverse."

Both Rosch and LaCivita said they had concerns with creating an architectural review board because they felt it would hold up development.

The focus then came back to rezoning, as resident Dan Kelly spoke about not being notified about the zoning changes.

"I know this will be addressed by the planning board," he said. "But it should be addresses in this."

At this point, Mahan stood up and reminded everyone that her administration was not a part of the rezoning and said that she didn't agree with what had happened.

"I don't agree with going around and changing people from Industrial to Single Family Housing," she said. "We [the town] are working on it and trying to come up with a solution. It's something we were left with."

Trying to shift the focus back to the task at hand, Knorr asked as to why the committee was not following the same format as the night before, explaining that she had prepared her comments for each section individually. She then said it would allow for comment on just each section instead of all of them at once.

Another resident, Tom Romano, asked that they "get back to the facts here," and asked that there be additional public meetings so more homeowners could be involved in the process.

"Meetings should be made at a convenient time so that the majority of residents can attend," he said. "The Town of Colonie is so large and individual neighborhoods could have different concerns."

He then suggested somewhat of a solution the town that could have answered some of the concerns residents had with rezoning.

"Even though changes were made to the zoning and regulations, a report should have been prepared on the status of the plan by the Planning board," he said. "I feel this review process should not be rushed and careful consideration should be required. There's no need to rush at this time."

There will be a public hearing regarding the committee's assessment of the 2005 Comprehensive Plan on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Public Operations Center on Old Niskayuna Road.

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