Colonie changes developer notification rules

Resident concerns result in amendment to town code, effects will be monitored

— “It’s going to be very important to us to make sure that this is evaluated so we can see the effects … so we don’t get (another) Loudon House and we don’t get improper zoning,” Mahan said. “We keep a very close eye on the feedback that we get from the developers because we’re looking for quality development from them. They do tell us that the Town of Colonie has the strictest regulations around.”

Any developer will have to reach out to neighbors in the specified radius to provide information about the project so residents can ask questions or comment. The notification is typically sent by mail.

Board member Daniel Hornick, who is also on the Land Use Law Review Committee, said he “understand(s) the desire for 1,000 feet,” but said the town needs to create a balance between the rights of neighbors and the rights of property owners.

“It’s important to start in the middle of the road and if we continually evaluate the process we will get to where we need to be,” he said. “Maybe we’ll find we come up short, and we’re not notifying as many people as we need to.”

Director of Planning and Economic Development Joe LaCivita said the changes are an “excellent start.”

“Right now there is nothing currently in the code. … To have this now codified under law to me is a great first step for moving forward,” LaCivita said.

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