ROTTERDAM Residential development on Feuz Road is moving forward despite continued opposition from neighboring residents.
The Rotterdam Town Board on Wednesday, May 23, approved 4-1 a comprehensive plan amendment rezoning approximately 6.38 acres from A-1 Agriculture to R-4 Small One-Family and Townhouse Residential. Also, the board approved it wouldn’t have any negative environmental impact.
Councilman Robert Godlewski voted against both resolutions, saying the homes have big lots in the neighborhood “to protect the nature of the area” and the zoning change wasn’t appropriate.
Resident Richard Malaczynski said the zoning change basically amounted to spot zoning. After the rezone, he said, within a quarter-mile radius there would be five different zoning uses designated: B-2 General Business, I-1 Light Industrial, A-1 Agriculture, R-1 Single Family and the newly zoned R-4 residential district.
“This isn’t comprehensive planning,” Malaczynski said. “It is essentially the antithesis of comprehensive planning.”
Kristin Waters, a Tony Drive resident, urged town officials to look into drainage issues around the property before construction moves forward. Her biggest concern was how the development would affect her home’s water pressure.
“I am right up at the top of the hill, and the developer has said it is not his responsibility,” Waters said. “Before you move on to this project, you need to come up with a solution as to whose responsibility it is going to be if I can’t get enough water.”
Residents also previously spoke out on the area’s water pressure, which spurred town officials to look into the claim before the May 23 meeting.
Councilman Mike Viscusi said he talked to project engineers and town Senior Planner Peter Comenzo and was told the project wouldn’t negatively affect water pressure for the neighborhood.
“They all told me that they could put four developments down there and it would not affect the water pressure,” Viscusi said.