Panel discusses Colonie's high-tech future

"I think it would be nice to see this concept of that relationship between the chambers and the town enumerated in some way as part of that plan," said Hornick. "I think that is critical."

Gary Rinaldi, a resident of Colonie on the committee, said the town may have to consider doing a lot of rezoning to bring in some of the businesses.

"Seems to me that as you start planning through what you're going to do on a townwide basis and as you start identifying areas for certain types of business, to do that you're either going to have to get more precise in what you're zoning is going to be or more precise in what your use is going to be of that particular piece of property so that you can bring that together," Rinaldi said. "If you're going to bring somebody in who wants to locate 400 employees in here on a certain type of business, you want to be able to demonstrate that this would be a good place for that business and this is a place where zoning and everything follows through."

LaCivita said that if rezoning was to happen, he needs to know what people like Bette and his brother, Kevin Bette, need to shop around for high-tech businesses.

"We need to be able to accommodate," he said, adding that Colonie is smack dab in the middle of high-tech business development. "Railroad Avenue is prime for development. The only thing holding Railroad Avenue back is small parcels, so anybody that comes in would have to assemble a larger parcel to accommodate a larger building " not very easy."

The 3:30 p.m. meeting lasted an hour and a half with 10 members of the community in attendance.

The next meeting will take place on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Public Operation Center.""

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