Altamont to update 2006 comprehensive plan

This oil painting by the late Ed Cowley captured a vision of Altamont. An updated village plan will put forth its own vision.

ALTAMONT — Altamont will update its comprehensive plan.

The update to the 2006 master plan was announced at the November meeting of the village board of trustees. 

Beyond the announcement of the update, no details were offered during the Nov. 1 meeting. Michelle Ganance, the trustee spearheading the update, did not respond to a request for an interview before this story was posted online. 

Comprehensive plans are important in the municipal zoning process because they establish “the official land-use policy of a community and presents goals and a vision for the future that guides official decision-making,” according to New York State.  

The village’s master plan was at the center of the controversy to rezone for the new Stewart’s shop on Altamont Boulevard, with critics of the rezone contending the comprehensive plan was clear that the change in zoning — from residential to commercial — should not have been allowed. 

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