Size-cap law defeated

Roz Robinson, a member of the town's now disbanded Commercial Zoning Advisory Committee, which was formed specifically to deal with zoning issues in the commercial zone, said that the law could have serious ramifications on businesses in the commercial zone.

"Not one commercial owner that I spoke to thought it was a good law," she said.

Nick Stanton, whose family owns Our Family's Harvest in Slingerlands said "Right now I am scared for the future for our farm and business." He said it's not the laws intention to stop big-box development that concerned him but "all of the little stuff that comes behind it."

After two hours of hearing comments from the public, Dolin made a motion to close the hearing amid shouts of "Vote!" emanating from the crowd.

At that time, Maura Mottolese, the attorney for the owners of the Bender-Melon farm, submitted a protest petition signed by at least 50 percent of owners from the commercial district.

Town Attorney Michael Mackey said "The protest petition was filed; it does appear it's a valid protest petition, which would trigger the supermajority requirements.

After the petition was submitted, the board voted on the measure, Councilmen Douglas LaGrange and Daniel Mackay, and Supervisor Dolin voted "Yes" on the law without explanation.

Reilly explained his vote before eventually voting "No." He said his is not a proponent of big-box, but he is voting against the law because it would hurt existing businesses. "All of us are committed to this community, and I am committed to existing businesses," he said.

With the vote being 3 to 1, Councilwoman Deborah Baron cast the final, deciding vote, and without explanation said "No."

After the meeting, Dolin spoke about the future of the size-cap law. "I am going to meeting with the Town Attorney, the Planning Board Attorney, Baron, and Reilly to see if some of their objections could be satisfied," said Dolin.

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