Saratoga County

Previous attempts met with resistance

The town is making another attempt at rezoning the northern end of Route 9 to a more restrictive

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The town is making another attempt at rezoning the northern end of Route 9 to a more restrictive zone, Town Board members said Thursday.

But the new proposal by Deputy Supervisor Raymond O’Conor is for a smaller, more modest rezoning than an unpopular plan tabled more than a year ago.

The new plan, which was discussed but not voted on Thursday, would keep zoning near the intersections of Route 9 and Gailor Road and Route 9 and Ballard Road as it currently is.

Both of these intersection areas include existing businesses whose owners objected to last year’s rezoning proposal.

“The concept is to take a smaller portion of Route 9 and [rezone it],” O’Conor said.

In early 2007 the board suggested rezoning property on both sides of state Route 9 between Gailor Road and Ballard Road from the current residential-business RB-1 to a new, more restrictive RB-2.

Property owners along this stretch of Route 9 complained the new zone would limit the uses of their property, decrease property value and make their properties more difficult to sell.

The RB-2 zone allows just single family homes and restricts most restaurant and hotel development.

The board tabled the Route 9 rezoning last year but said it would look at the issue carefully and come back with a new proposal.

At Thursday’s Town Board meeting O’Conor suggested keeping the current, RB-1 zone, in place around the intersections of Route 9 and Gailor Road and Route 9 and Ballard Road.

The only area to be rezoned would be a stretch between the four corners that is now mostly single family homes or heavily wooded property.

Board member Charles Gerber, who opposed last year’s Route 9 rezoning, said he wants to hear from the property owners along the area being considered for rezoning even before the town holds a public hearing on the issue.

Gerber said he doesn’t want to stifle growth in the town by passing overly restrictive zoning regulations.

“If we stop growth it will have a negative impact on the town,” Gerber said.

O’Conor said he, too, is not interested in overly restricting growth in the town.

He said the proposed rezoning would just concentrate the commercial and retail growth in areas where the town wants it and where the uses currently exist.

Kate Maynard, the town’s new planning director, said concentrating commercial and retail growth in the town’s so-called hamlet zones is what is recommended in the town’s comprehensive plan.

The next step, O’Conor said, is defining the exact area where the rezoning will start and stop on Route 9.

Town employees will look up the property owners in this area and notify them the town is considering a rezoning in their area and ask them to come to a meeting and comment on the plan.

The board is expected to discuss the issue again at its June 5 meeting in the Town Hall at 22 Traver Road.

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