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Glenville seeks complex change

Town Board proposes new zoning to drive ‘higher-end’ housing

— There won’t be a moratorium on apartment complexes in Glenville, but proposed zoning changes would reduce how many apartments a developer could build on a site.

Town Supervisor Christopher Koetzle earlier this year tossed out the idea to halt any additional apartment complexes and multi-family housing units in Glenville. The town’s Small Business and Economic Development Committee later recommended backing off the moratorium and suggested the zoning code be changed to lower the density of housing developments.

Koetzle on Monday, Aug. 27, appeared before the town Environmental Conservation Commission and discussed the proposed changes.

The proposal would amend the multi-family dwellings section of the town code to reduce the maximum density of multi-family projects from 20 units per acre to 10 units per acre and increase the minimum size of apartments from 500 square feet to 900 square feet. Developers of mixed-use projects involving apartments and commercial usage would also be required to build a portion of the commercial facility alongside the apartments.

“What we are trying to do is get really closer to our sister communities,” Koetzle said. “I think it encourages a better project and it really encourages the developer to consider the projects carefully because they are not going to be able to put as many units on the acreage as they maybe would like otherwise.”

He said the increased apartment sizes and lower density would results in a “higher end” apartment being built. The town would still require 40 percent of the project site to be green space, too.

If the proposed density reduction were approved, Glenville would be equal to Niskayuna’s units per acre limit. Koetzle also pointed to the towns of Colonie and Bethlehem, which have an 8 unit per acre limit. The towns of East Greenbush and Guilderland are slightly above Niskayuna, with a limit of 12 units per acre, he said.

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