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Rotterdam residents' rezone petition denied

Supervisor Frank Del Gallo restated the project has remained unchanged.

"When the planning commission sent it up to the board it was as two pieces together, all one unit," said Del Gallo. "When the petition was drawn up it was brought up two us as two parcels. When we voted on it we voted on it was two parcels as one."

Audience members verbally disagreed with this statement as an echo of "No" filled the room, but the zone change but DeLorenzo said the zone change filed was for both parcels and the petition did petition both parcels.

"The contesters could have filled a petition saying we only go against one, but they filled a petition against both, therefore their signatures must go against both," said DeLorenzo.

Another possibly misunderstood requirement was that it wasn't 20 percent of the surrounding residents, but 20 percent of land owned by the surrounding residents.

"It is not the number of people petitioning, it is the amount of land they own," said Devaprasad. "We had to do that calculation to see how much of it everybody owned around the whole parcel and we did look at the town tax map and property map and mapped out where the parcels were."

Even with more than 20 percent of the surrounding residents signing a petition, it would still fail if their total parcels don't equal 20 percent of the surrounding land.

Both council members previously not supporting the project, which included Nicola DiLeva and Matthew Martin, continued to vote against the resolutions securing the zone change.

There was contention around the vote by some residents, because the resolution reappeared after Del Gallo brought it back up for a vote. A public hearing was held previously, but it was before Democrat Councilman Wayne Calder was elected to the board filling the vacancy created by Republican Gerard Parisi leaving.

Residents questioned previously if the board had waited for Parisi to leave before revisiting the issue to secure a vote, but Del Gallo had stated this wasn't the reasoning for now holding the vote.

DeLorenzo would still have to go before the town Planning Commission to approve any plans for the apartment project. All R-3 Multi-Family Residential zones need to be approved by a zone change on a project to project basis since the zoning is only applied within the town once a project is proposed by a landowner.""

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