continued “Ultimately, the neighborhood notification plans that we’ve put forward for the Town of Colonie will be one of the most comprehensive for the state. Clifton Park currently has one of the state’s most comprehensive, and ours will actually be more comprehensive than theirs,” Williams said.
But some residents at the public hearing said the changes do not go far enough. Resident Amy Fox said she feels the notification radius should stand at 1,000 feet on zoning variances and redevelopment when it comes to non-residential projects.
“I’d like to ask the board to maintain a high priority commitment to the 81,500-plus residents who live in that mix and enjoy living here. Residents care about preserving neighborhood character and protecting it from potential negative impacts,” Fox said. “Notification distance of 1,000 feet allows for greater transparency and the opportunity for resident feedback early on in the process where the town’s review boards need it.”
Resident Lonnie Clar, of Cliff Top Drive, agreed the distance should be 1,000 feet. He said he doesn’t believe the cost to developers would be that much more when compared to 500 feet. Also, he said if people who were notified within 1,000 feet wanted to respond to proposed projects, it could be beneficial.
“(If) people do object (to a project), that’s the time to hear it. At least people can’t say they never knew,” Clar said. “I don’t see any real downside to making the notification 1,000 feet for a large project. It’s the large projects we’re concerned about.”
Colonie Director of Planning and Economic Development Joe LaCivita said he wants to answer the concerns of residents but isn’t sure how developers of major projects will feel about a 1,000 feet notification requirement.
“What I’m concerned about is when you see a developer now having to do … 1,000 feet … that’s an encumbrance. We’re very fortunate because we’re between two major hubs right now, SUNY Albany and Global Foundries, and we have a lot to offer here,” LaCivita said.