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Rotterdam starting new town master plan

Rotterdam starting new town master plan

Meeting Thursday at South Schenectady fire station
Rotterdam starting new town master plan
Photographer: Gazette file photo

ROTTERDAM -- The town will launch an effort to update its comprehensive land-use plan with an open house and visioning workshop Thurday at the South Schenectady Rotterdam Fire Co. No. 6 fire station.

The town is updating its land use master plan for the first time since 2001, in a process intended to adjust for how the town has changed in the last two decades. The goal is to come up with a rough blueprint for what the town might look like in another 10 or 20 years.

Thursday's meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the fire station on Old Mariaville Road, with residents, business owners, property owners and others encouraged to attend. Most of the meeting will have an open house format, but the project team will make a presentation at 7 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for all Rotterdam residents to have their voices heard as we create a roadmap for Rotterdam's future progress and growth," said Town Supervisor Steven Tommasone.

The Town Board included $60,000 in funding for developing the plan in this year's town budget, and has hired M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying of Clifton Park to work on it. Another $100,000 for continuing the work is included in the tentative 2020 town budget.

The planning process is being overseen by a Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, made up of residents appointed by the Town Board. A project website has been established at RotterdamPlanNY.com.

The comprehensive plan is intended to establish a framework for making future decisions about land use, economic growth, sustainability, community identity, housing and transportation. It will also recommend tools and actions that can help the town achieve its goals

Such planning efforts typically take a year or more. Town officials said there will be additional opportunities for public input as the process moves forward.

Rotterdam today has neighborhoods varying from industrial parks and 1950s suburban-style housing to a large shopping mall, numerous apartment complexes, small historic hamlets like Rotterdam Junction and Pattersonville and nature preserves in the western Rotterdam hills. The population is about 29,000, the town's population in recent decades has been fairly steady, after seeking significant growth in the 1940s and 1950s.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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