Mackay and Dolin both supported the cap along with Councilman Douglas LaGrange. Councilwoman Deborah Baron and Councilman Richard Reilly did not.
The discussion over commercial development in the town was touched off by plans by Sphere Development LLC to build a Target store on the former Bender Melon Farm. The company dropped its proposal after several years before the town.
Proponents of the original law said such a measure would preserve New Scotland's rural atmosphere and prevent the growth, traffic and other trappings of big-box development. Detractors said the law could have unintended consequences including limiting retail growth the town does want and restricting a commercial tax base, placing a heavier tax burden on homeowners. Some argued the law was vague and poorly written.
The debate heavily influenced the 2009 local elections. The coming election season is fast approaching and three seats on the board up " Dolin's, Reilly's and Baron's.""