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— The document is a precursor to the town's decision on the developer's request to rezone the 95-acre project site from mixed economic development to hamlet. The town is requiring a scoping document as part of the project's environmental review, which is not a required part of the process but may prove helpful to planners.

The process for the construction of a scoping document requires the opportunity for public comment. On Wednesday, the Town Board was adamant that the noticing of this meeting should go above and beyond the legal requirements.

“It's a huge project, it's going to forever change a significant part of this town,” Councilwoman Joann Dawson said.

It was decided to send written notices to neighbors of the project site, which is at the intersection of Wemple Road and Route 9W. The town will also send out emails and possibly erect a sign at the project site.

Wemple Corners is proposed as a development of 470 apartments, 56 twin homes and 145,000 square feet of various commercial space. Some of the apartments would be set aside for seniors.

The public comment session will take place at the start of the Town Board meeting on Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. The window to submit written comments will stay open from that time through Oct. 17.

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