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Public sounds off on hamlet

Traffic impacts, number of apartments top concerns

Wemple Corners, a large hamlet proposed at the corner of Route 9W and Wemple Road in Glenmont.

Wemple Corners, a large hamlet proposed at the corner of Route 9W and Wemple Road in Glenmont. Submitted photo

— But a few speakers suggested a single-lane roundabout would cause more traffic headaches than it’s worth and said if a circle is installed it should be two lanes.

A number of people said the developer should be made to study the traffic impact of the project on a much wider area, perhaps stretching out to Route 32 and up to I-787. Several noted the northern portions of Route 9W are often congested and wondered what the project would mean for that situation.

Town leaders also provided some comment. Supervisor Sam Messina said he’d like some detail on how long it would take to build the project from the approval date.

“This will be a project that, if it does get eventual approval, might have to be phased,” he said.

The main point of what’s being argued now, though, is whether the town will shift the zoning on the land. Some wondered whether a rezoning is truly necessary, seeing as the commercial hamlet and MED designations are largely similar. Town leaders requested a side-by-side comparison.

“It seems to me this development could also occur under the MED status,” Councilwoman Joann Dawson said.

From here, planners will spend several weeks finalizing the draft scope to present to the developer, who will conduct an environmental review according to that document.

“We’ll take the comments we receive tonight, get comments from other agencies … and basically design the draft scope into a final scoping document,” said Town Planner Jeffrey Lipnicky.

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