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Critical Impact off the books

Rotterdam Town Board repeals contested law

— Supervisor Frank Del Gallo said he spoke to Planning Commission Chairman Thomas Yuille about revising the code, but Yuille didn’t think there was much that could be done with the code.

“[Yuille] said about the only thing you can do with it is throw it out,” said Del Gallo. “I think I agree with him.”

Councilman Wayne Calder said he spoke to Yuille too and he agrees with his determination.

“I think the critical impact section is probably the worst thing that has been done here in a long time and it’s got to be removed,” said Calder. “If at some point later down the road it has to be addressed or something should be done different then that’s fine, but I say lets just get rid of it now and be done with it.”

Former Republican Councilman Gerard Parisi was Town Council when the code was developed and said it the code isn’t as impeding as Brick has stated.

“The developers put a spin on it like it is an extra layer of things,” Parisi said. “It is the never ending question of bouncing the interest of development and the interest of protecting the people. It is a delicate balancing act to promote good develop and not infringing on the rights of people that are there already.”

If a project meets all zoning requirements, he said, the Planning Commission can’t deny a project.

“The planning board is limited in what they can do,” Parisi said. “Sometimes you get a project that is a big problem, but the planning board doesn’t have the power to say no to it. Something that would have a huge impact on the town or the residents, it is an optional second layer at the town board level.”

The board did unanimously vote in favor of removing the code, although Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva was absent from the meeting.

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