planning

Amy Lauterbach Pokorny, Knox

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The planning board here approved a request by DJK Holdings to use 15.6 acres at 1120 Delaware Turnpike as a nursery for plants.

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A zoning review committee that  submitted its report last month put the town's new comprehensive plan to use in a major way for the first time.

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In a home-rule state like New York, zoning can counterbalance larger economic forces that shape the way we live.

To the Editor:

The Berne Library trustees would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the community survey for long range planning for our library. The results are on the Berne Library website www.bernepubliclibrary.org.

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To the Editor:

Stewart’s Stores has asked to expand its footprint so it can ruin the perfect set up we have now.  Similar in size to Route 20, Stewart’s want to expand by removing a valuable and important property so it can double its gas sales and provide more seating.

Let’s review this request for its pros and cons.

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To the Editor:

Stewart’s recently submitted plans, for a building addition, to the village of Altamont.  Upon this submission, the planning board rightfully requested that Stewart’s “knock the building down and start over” and we completely agree.

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To the Editor:

As a member of the Altamont Comprehensive Plan Task Force, which received public input and was adopted by the village board to set the vision for the future of Altamont, I have to wonder whether the proposed expansion of Stewart’s into the surrounding community complies with this vision.

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Proposals were presented for planning at Voorheesville's "triangle" of Grove Street, Main Street, and Voorheesville Avenue, but a draft master plan won't be submitted until closer to the end of April.

Planning boards are a good and necessary part of town government. But they must work efficiently if they are to be effective and fair to the citizens they are meant to serve.

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