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Colonie resident rails against Pine Bush Preserve Commission

Potts also said the commission changed figures for their survey. She said she fears this act of down-zoning will drastically reduced the property value of some of the homes around the area, according to Potts.

"They do this to make the property cost less so the preserve can purchase land at a lower value," she said.

As a property owner, Pine Bush Preserve Commission Executive Director Christopher Hawver said he understands Potts' concerns, but said the rezoning of the areas was done by the Town Board.

"We never asked to have the area rezoned," said Hawver. "We're not interested in down-zoning to develop property, that's just wrong."

Potts also said Gifford had created a moratorium on residential development in the Pine Bush Preserve area during the Comprehensive Planning process in 2005, which Hawver said was discussed with the commission but was never implemented.

On the commission were a group of residents, the Save the Pine Bush group and the town attorney. Hawver said the idea of the moratorium was to hold off on any residential development until they were able to come up with a "new vision" and use it as a road map to move forward.

The commission's next quarterly meeting will be on Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Discovery Center at 195 New Karner Road in Albany.

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