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The JJ Cillis Group is looking to build a 10-home development on 18.5 acres of land near the intersection of Crow Ridge Road and Route 85A.

The positive State Environmental Quality Review Act declaration, passed at the Nov. 23 New Scotland Zoning Board of Appeal meeting, means the board thought that the 4.2-megawatt solar proposal would have had an adverse environmental impact.

“So this is a spec building completely,” said Stephen Feeney, chairman of the Guilderland Planning Board, during the board’s Dec. 8 meeting.

During the November village board meeting, Steve Schreiber, chairman of the grassroots Committee for a Quiet Zone in Voorheesville, voiced concern with how the project has stalled since an August update.

The Berne Town Hall.

Berne Planning Board member Lawrence Zimmerman resigned in November over frustrations that the town is not following the guidance of its own comprehensive plan. Former town board member Dawn Jordan says that ideology and partisanship got in the way, along with some more prosaic — and even healthy — obstacles.

Plug Power is seeking to construct a 350,000-square-foot office, manufacturing, and warehousing facility in the Vista Technology Park, which is located mostly in Bethlehem.

Airgas is a major producer of gases used in manufacturing, food production, and health care. The company was recently approved to build a liquid argon gas storage and distribution facility inside the 550-acre industrial park, which will entail installing ten 15,000-gallon storage tanks on the site, each at a height of 46 feet, 9 inches. 

 The New Scotland Planning Board at its November meeting began the process of subdividing the former Bender melon farm into preservable and commercially-viable parcels.

A number of proposals — including three solar projects — were reviewed by the Guilderland Zoning Board of Appeals board during its Oct. 20 meeting. 

Acting Albany County Supreme Court Judge Roger McDonough in an Oct. 7 decision found a number of Save the Pine Bush’s arguments and requests for relief “to be lacking in merit” and dismissed the case. 

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