GLENVILLE -- The Town Board wants to keep building moratoriums enacted nearly a year ago, as the town comes closer to completing its first comprehensive land use plan update in 25 years.
Public hearings on the proposed six-month moratorium extensions will take place Dec 21 in Town Hall. Town officials believe these will be the last extensions, since a final draft of the comprehensive plan is now under review. The hearings will begin at 7 p.m.
The moratoriums apply to projects large enough to require conditional-use permits or site plan reviews within the town's "research, development and technology" zone, as well as in rural-residential, agricultural areas and multi-family residential zones. The moratoriums also cover pawn shops, thrift stores, second-hand dealers, vapor shops and massage parlors.
“These are in keeping with prior moratoriums we have had in place while we were doing the comprehensive plan update," said Councilman James Martin, Town Board liaison to the planning process.
The purpose of the moratoriums, which were put in place last winter, is to keep development from occurring that might conflict with the in-progress comprehensive plan. Such moratoriums are used by many communities when they are updating land use planning and zoning.
Work on the comprehensive plan update began in 2015, with the goal being to establish a land use master plan for the next decade or so.
The town of 29,000 has been growing for decades, and in recent years has seen bib-box retail development in the town center, along Route 50. The town is trying to make the area -- and parts of Freeman's Bridge Road -- more like a traditional, walkable downtown.
Those areas are expected to see more development, with the opening in February of the Rivers Casino on the Schenectady waterfront. That will be the region's first full casino.
Planned unit development applications are covered by the moratorium. On Wednesday, the Town Board agreed to consider a PUD application for apartments and retail development on Roue 147, just north of the Scotia-Glenville High School.
That plan proposes eight, eight-unit apartment buildings on 6.6 acres, along with one building facing the highway that would have retail on the first floor and apartments above it.
“We’re looking at the property as workforce housing," said Paul Nichols, one of the developers. He said rents would start at $1,100 per month for a one-bedroom apartment and about $1,300 for a two-bedroom.
Board members said they had questions about traffic and other issues but would be willing to consider the application. The next step will be for the developer to go to the town Planning Board for a recommendation. The Town Board will make the final decision.
“It seems like a good use for the property," said Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle.
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