Tuesday, August 25, 2009
CPC Votes To Recommend More RT 4 for Big Box
In a stunning roll call vote, the Comprehensive Plan Committee voted to make a significant change to the recommend land use map along RT 4 opposite Cooley Motors designating it with the same use as the area now occupied by the Rts 4 and 43 intersection and big box development.
But wait! At the same time, the Committee's members argued that the Town Board would never approve of the zoning changes needed to allow the development. Translated, the Board would never vote to permit what the Committee is recommending they do, rezone to permit the same high density development that exists at the 4 and 43 intersection.
To their credit, two committee members argued against the change stating that to accommodate a request by the owner of one parcel sitting in the middle of several parcels with the same use designation is not "Comprehensive Planning but, Spot Planning". That they said is not the purpose of a Comprehensive Plan. Because of the power of their argument, Committee member William Madsen made the astounding recommendation that all the parcels be changed to accommodate this one land owner's request, not just the single owner's parcel. So the committee then voted to change all of the mixed use parcels along RT 4 opposite the river side where the power lines are to the more dense commercial use. Thi includes the driving range parcel.,
It should be noted that non of the other landowners along RT 4 whose parcels were changed to accommodate the request of this one landowner were present at the meeting, nor where they consulted.
In case you were wondering GOP candidate for County Legislature Leon Fiacco and Town Board candidate Kelly Hoffman both voted for the change in the land use map that would permit the high density development along RT 4.
Now the new plan with all of it vast Open Meeting Law violations has been recommended to the Town Board which must hold a Public Hearing before voting to approve or reject it. What a circus that should be especially after last night's explosive action.
You can listen to the meeting by clicking our Pipeline Radio channel above. When you do you may notice motion after motion made and withdrawn to act on suggestions to change the plan made at their public hearing. That's because after that hearing the Committee held a meeting at which time they discussed and decided for or against each of the suggested changes. At the time the Committee declined to change the land use map to accommodate this land owner. The matter seemed resolved until this meeting was called and reargued last night.
Last night the town board with 4 members present went into an executive session of their suspension of the Youth Director. After 40 minutes the board emerged saying no action was taken and that the Suspension was all Mark Evers doing with "board input". Is that a way of saying we didn't actually vote but decided to supporta suspension? There is indication the suspension will be lifted today by Evers who has again bit off more than he can chew.
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