Zoning change divides board

"The role of this town council is to make a simple determination: Do we feel the property in question should be R3?" said Godlewski. "The building and the other variances will come under control of the planning commission."

Councilman Matthew Martin said he didn't agree with the proposed zoning change because of its proximity to the surrounding zoned land.

"I don't like the R3 encroachment into the R1 territory," said Martin. "There is an obvious line. I don't feel comfortable with the rezoning of the land here."

Calder said he really had to "dig into" the situation to develop a clear understanding to make sure he was up to par with the zoning request. He shared what the landowner proposed to do if the construction project was later approved.

"Mr. DeLorenzo also told me, if approved, that there would be a fence that goes from the existing property now to the end of his property and also evergreens put in there every several feet to block off his property from the neighbors," said Calder.

To help with his decision-making, he said he talked to the chair of the zoning board, Thomas Yuille, and ultimately used his recommendation in making a decision. As previously expressed by Calder, listening to department heads is a strong basis for voting decisions on resolutions.

"Sometimes, when we are not engineers, we have to leave this stuff up to the people that do this every day [Yuille] believes the project should go," said Calder. "I said before and I am going to go with that I listen to these people and I'm going to vote to allow this."

After the zoning changed passed, Nicola DiLeva said the resolution only "conditionally" passed since there is a petition on the land, which requires a supermajority vote of approval. If the petition is accurate then the zoning change would have to be revisited.""

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