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Clifton Park seeks Planning Board input on 34-home project

Clifton Park seeks Planning Board input on 34-home project

Zoning rule allows developers to trade open space for more ambitious building projects
Clifton Park seeks Planning Board input on 34-home project
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CLIFTON PARK — Seeking further input on a proposed 34-home development, the Town Board opted to send the project to the Planning Board for an official recommendation.

At its Monday night meeting, the Town Board unanimously voted to pass the project to the Planning Board for a recommendation on the development, which is proposed for a 56-acre wooded parcel off Route 146A and south of Dawson Lane. 

The property's zoning allows a maximum of 17 homes to be built on the parcel, but 146A Holdings LLC, the developer of the project, is seeking to utilize the town’s open space incentive zoning law to exceed that limit.

The incentive zoning law is meant to preserve natural areas in the town and allows developers to seek greater building densities in exchange for permanent land conservation or cash payments that the town would put into a fund specifically for open space preservation.

The developer has proposed setting aside approximately 51 acres at 216 Sugar Hill Road to be permanently conserved in exchange for the higher building density. 

Any developer seeking to utilize the law must first receive Town Board approval.

The Planning Board conducted an preliminary review of the project during a February meeting, and town Planning Department Director John Scavo noted then that the town would probably send the project to the Planning Board for an official review.

It was unclear as of Tuesday when the Planning Board will discuss the development.

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