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Glenville OKs moratorium following controversial proposal

Glenville OKs moratorium following controversial proposal

The breaks have been put on any multifamily projects in single-family residential zones in Glenville

The breaks have been put on any multifamily projects in single-family residential zones in Glenville — at least temporarily.

At its regular meeting last week, the Town Board held two public hearings before approving two moratoriums while they rewrite the town’s comprehensive plan this year.

One moratorium prohibits conditional use permits, site plan reviews or building permits for multifamily dwellings in a suburban residential or single-family residential zone.

The other moratorium freezes conditional use permits, site plan reviews or building permits for automotive uses in areas zoned general business, including car repair shops, car washes and other similar businesses.

The board unanimously voted to adopt both six-month moratoriums, which will be lifted in July, around the time when Supervisor Chris Koetzle said the town’s comprehensive plan is expected to be finished.

Last spring, the town began redoing its comprehensive plan for the first time since 1991.

“As we are going through the process and discussions are occurring, a lot of red flags have been raised about what is appropriate in certain areas of our community,” Koetzle said last month. “Questions are being asked, and we need to look at this more deeply.”

A handful of town residents attended Wednesday’s meeting to show their support for the moratoriums — especially prohibiting plans for multifamily projects in suburban and single-family residential areas.

“My wife, my neighbors and I are much in favor of this moratorium,” resident Craig Pangburn said. “We think it’s a good thing.”

Throughout November and December, residents were upset over a proposed 156-unit apartment complex by Chris Maddalone.

The project was discussed for a 16-acre piece of land Maddalone purchased for his company, Maddalone & Associates, in 2006 located off Route 50 between Woodruff Drive and Edmel Road up to Indian Meadows Park.

The proposal was shot down unanimously by the board in December, but other multifamily possibilities for the space were discussed at a community forum Dec. 17, including townhomes.

“Shortly after the last town meeting, Mr. Maddalone and his folks were out doing surveys on the property of the estate with some other objective,” resident Greg Sheyon said.

The resident expressed his concern that Maddalone put in an application before the moratorium was passed, and the proposal would be grandfathered in for approval.

Koetzle said Maddalone & Associates has not filed another application with the town to develop the 16-acre space since its first November proposal.

“This moratorium is not specific to that site — this is for the entire suburban residential,” Koetzle said at the meeting. “But, it would include his project.” The comprehensive plan rewrite is expected to address the overall issue whether multi-family projects are allowed in single-family residential zoned areas.

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