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First proposed in 2019, Spruce Plaza, a 1.82-acre site directly across Route 20 from Guilderland Town Hall, would be a mixed-use development consisting of professional offices, restaurants, and apartments.

Berne’s three new building inspectors will split the allotted time once used by James Bushnell, who resigned as Berne’s building inspector earlier this year, plus hours given up by Code Enforcement Officer Chance Townsend.

The proposed five-megawatt solar array on Dunnsville Road still has to be sent to the Altamont-Guilderland Referral Committee because proposals for town projects within 1,200 feet of the village boundary or within 1,200 feet of Altamont’s current or future water system must be referred to the village for a recommendation. 

An easement, negotiated with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization that stewards natural lands in the Capital District, is designed to restrict development on the Carey Institute’s 100-acre campus, which is up for sale, but a local grassroots movement is seeking stricter terms.

The proposed five-megawatt solar array on Dunnsville Road still has to be sent to the Altamont-Guilderland Referral Committee because proposals for town projects within 1,200 feet of the village boundary or within 1,200 feet of Altamont’s current or future water system must be referred to the village for a recommendation. 

There had been discussion for some time about bringing the New Scotland Building Department, “essentially [into] the 21st Century, where we have more of a planner handling some of the planner duties. Because in our town, historically, with our zoning, the building inspector has handled all of these duties,” Councilman William Hennessy said.

Knox Planning Board Member Debra Nelson suddenly left a March meeting that she was attending remotely before she could cast her vote on whether to override the county planning board’s recommendation against a proposed solar facility.

The owner of Stonewell Plaza has acquired an attorney who in turn has reached out to New Scotland planning and zoning board attorney Crystal Peck and is now trying to come up with a compromise that might work instead of paying for a parking analysis that is only going to show what is already known by nearly everyone involved: The site has too few spots to accommodate plaza businesses or to meet what is called for in the code.

The attorney representing three Berne residents who feel the town’s purchase of the 100-acre Switzkill Farm was illegitimate said earlier this month that he was seeking an unspecified document that he thought would give him leverage in an out-of-court settlement.

To deal with racial disparities in home ownership, the Albany County Land Bank is partnering with a not-for-profit housing development organization based in Syracuse.

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