You may remember that Attorney Cully brought a similar request to the town board on behalf of Mr. Adler last November; then, in December, he withdrew that request.
According to the OD article:
The reason the proposal was withdrawn, amended and resubmitted was to include input from the town’s comprehensive goals, Adler said.Hmm...the town's 2007 Comprehensive Plan Update. We seem to remember that Mr. Adler was part of the Business & Economic Development Focus Group back in 2006-07 when the town's Comprehensive Plan was being updated.
We found some of the comments from that focus group to be quite interesting:
- Sprawl − “a little bit of control of the sprawl”
- More mini high tech kinds of businesses
- When you have experience in developing here, you know how to do it
- Planning Board: they’re not planners
- This becomes a mini-city if everything comes together
- Retail needs to slow down while the population catches up
- Technology Parks and Business Parks needed
- Town needs to be a leader and needs to be able to discuss issues such as the decay in the City of Utica; NH is a jewel in a rusting hulk
- NH has shown a lot of leadership in spite of itself commercially and etc.
- The retailers are going to tell you when there are enough stores
- NH competes with Utica for offices; businesses are moving out but NH isn’t prepared with a nice business park
A business park was necessary according to town officials during the Reed administration. Town taxpayers were assured that once the PILOTs were in place, the business park would flourish. Tax revenues would more than offset the $3.4 million bonding costs associated with the building of the infrastructure in the park.
The Hartford moved in their new building in 2008, the hotel is supposedly going to be open in April 2012 and the doctor's office has since moved elsewhere. No further business park development has been made public.
Now...five years after the Comprehensive Plan was adopted, Adler says in today's Observer Dispatch article:
If approved, the amendments would make the area easier to develop, he said.Since when was it deemed to be the town board's mission to change zoning to make it easier for a developer to succeed when his initial plans don't pan out? By the way, it is our understanding that the business park zoning was already changed once to allow the hotel.
Mr. Adler is scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday, January 23, 2012 to ask for an area variance regarding signage for his hotel. The meeting is being held in the Library starting at 6:00 p.m.
According to the agenda:
The application of Mr. Larry Adler for New Hartford Office Group, LLC for signage at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 201 Woods Park Drive, New Hartford, New York.Here is the entire Business & Economic Development Focus Group section of the 2007 New Hartford Comprehensive Plan Update.
Zoning in this area is Planned Development Park which allows a maximum of 40 square
feet for wall signs. Applicant is seeking two Area Variances for walls signs: east sign requiring a 99 square foot Area Variance, and northern sign requires a 49 square foot Area Variance. Tax Map #328.00037.1; Lot Size: 3.3 Acres; Zoning: Planned Development Park.
Be sure to read Strikeslip's blog for more on this story...New Hartford Development: Urban Cancer...
Here is the video of that portion of the January 11, 2011 town board meeting discussing Mr. Adler's request: