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Clifton Park looks to Town Center zoning

An artist's rendering of Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park, if proposed walkabilitly measures are implemented.

An artist's rendering of Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park, if proposed walkabilitly measures are implemented.

— The center of the study area encompasses the intersection of Route 146 and Clifton Country Road. It then stretches from Moe Road to the town’s border with Halfmoon and from Plank Road on the north to Clifton Park Center Road and Sitterly Road to the south.

“We started looking aggressively at the area in 2000. The Exit 9area was suffering,” said Town Supervisor Phil Barrett. “We’ve worked so hard to have this rebirth of Exit 9 – we don’t want it to go backwards.”

Clifton Park has worked closely with Behan Planning, located in Saratoga Springs, in developing the draft, plan.

Michael Welti, director of planning services with Behan Planning said projects involved zoning upgrades to zoning are definitely something the company is “going to see more of” as suburban towns grapple with sudden growth.

According to Clifton Park Planning Director John Scovo, Jr, the existing zoning in the study area is a conglomerate of classifications. A majority of it is highway/business, followed by commercial/business, with some housing mixed in.

“We’re looking for some mixed-use opportunities too, of co-locating some of the uses together. This is where amendments will come in to play in order to fulfill intended land uses,” said Scovo.

Once adopted, Scovo doesn’t “expect any major changes” to the draft plan.

“That document was vetted out through a pretty significant public participation process and clearly reflects what residents and developers brought up. It was interesting because residents and developers were basically on the same page with what the idea is for the Town Center study, it was great to see.”

Once the plan is adopted, the town will receive a second grant to implement the land use recommendations outlined in the plan. That process will begin over this summer.

“We’ll be looking at our existing zoning saying ‘These are the land use controls in place to help accomplish it (the plan) and if not, what do we need to do to amend the code to accommodate these recommendations?’” said Scovo.

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