It was recommended to Altamont resident John Polk during last month’s zoning meeting that he try to get the village board to change the law through an amendment process laid out in the zoning code.

“As marketed, it has not generated a buyer,” said Chuck Marshall of Stewart’s Shops of the former Smith’s Tavern. 

The use variance request was made by John Polk and and his wife, Rebecca Stumpf, to allow for up to six chickens on their nearly 20-acre Bozenkill Road property. 

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

Acting Justice James Ferreira in his Nov. 30 decision stated that the village of Voorheesville’s zoning code was “reasonably related to legitimate government interests,” and that Stewart’s Shops had, in its court filings, “failed to establish that the Zoning Code is arbitrary, capricious, unconstitutional or unlawful.”

Chance Townsend, who has been serving as Berne’s code-enforcement officer for the past year despite lacking state certification, left an order to vacate on a resident’s door one week after The Enterprise publicized his lack of qualification for the role. 

Pyramid is not above the law. And the Guilderland residents who are appointed to serve on the town’s zoning and planning boards need to follow the law as they review plans that affect all of the residents of Guilderland.

“Pyramid Management strongly disagrees with the decision,” Pyramid told The Enterprise in a statement. “We are very confident that we will have success in our appeal. We intend to take all appropriate actions to complete and finalize the governmental approval process for each project.​”

Despite mandatory delays due to the COVID-19 outbreak, tenants have moved into the first of 11 apartment buildings at the Preserve of West Creek.

The New Scotland solar law’s prime-soil and soils-of-statewide-importance provisions make siting a solar project in town nearly impossible. 


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