Larry Adler's zone map amendment is once again on the agenda. This time, Mr. Adler wishes to only rezone 206 acres of the business park to Planned Development Mixed Use (PDMU). If you remember, we blogged about the letter written by PAR on behalf of Larry's rezoning; PAR for the course.... Turns out that PAR had no idea what they were agreeing to and they now want to take the 10 acres their facility occupies out of the mix.
If this rezone plan is adopted by the New Hartford town board, in essence we will be left with a 10 acre business park zone that has no plans for future development because it already is the site of PAR. That seems quite contrary to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan that mentions:
3.5.1 Proposed Business Park
The development of a business park has been proposed for over 100 acres at the intersection of Wood Highway and Seneca Turnpike. The Planning Board approved Phase I of the project in 2006. The project would provide over 500,000 square feet of building space.
According to Town Code, one of the requirements for a zone map amendment is:
"Conformance with Town Comprehensive Plan. In all cases where the Town Board shall approve an amendment to the Zoning Map, said Board shall find, for reasons fully set in its resolution, such amendment to be in conformity with the Town Comprehensive Plan."
The 2007 Comprehensive Plan is over 5 years old and needs to be updated; the process was never completed after the last update because codes were not brought into conformance with the adopted plan. Supervisor Tyksinski mentioned the need to update the Plan at the last town board meeting, but...will that be before or after everyone gets their zone map amendments adopted by this town board? Isn't the fact that so many rezone requests are being filed and adopted by this town board reason enough to update the Comprehensive Plan?
The second rezone request is the Husted property behind the New Hartford Library. They are asking for that property to be rezoned for high density residential to allow an 80 unit senior complex.
Edmund J. Wiatr, Jr. also has a very interesting FOIL appeal on the table.
The agenda and supporting documentation are now available online!