Town weighs expanding development notification

Petition circulates to have more neighbors notified of impending projects

A petition has also been circulated through email that supports a 1,000-foot notification radius requirement. Town Attorney Michael Magguilli said he received 13 of these forms but had already been working with the Land Use Law Review Committee on the issue.

Efforts to reach the originator of the petition were unsuccessful.

Magguilli said the committee surveyed 230 other municipalities and only one, Clifton Park, had implemented notifications into their town code.

The proposed changes to the notification radius vary by the type of project. In single- and multi-family residential zones it would increase from 200 to 500 feet. In major subdivision amendments and single- and multi-family residential zones it would be 500 feet; in a redevelopment site plan, 250 feet; for use variance applications, 500 feet; for special use permits in single- and multi-family residential zones, 250 feet; for a PDD, 500 feet; for rezoning greater than an acre, 500 feet; and for rezoning less than an acre, 250 feet.

During public comment at the Thursday, Feb. 28, Town Board meeting, resident Amy Fox thanked the board and the committee for looking into the concept of expanding the notification radius, but asked that they don’t pass the changes immediately after the public hearing in March.

“I ask you to consider going through the hearing and then tabling your vote so you can take what is draft one and really brand it well as a second draft … or however many you need so that this board, not just the internal Land Use Law (Review) Committee can make its final nuances and changes to it,” she said.

Fox said four categories — PDD, use variances, rezoning and major site plans — have the greatest impact on existing character on neighborhoods in single- and multi-family areas and argued the town and the committee should look further into their changes before amending the code.

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