zoning

Town Planner Kenneth Kovalchik wants to encourage the development of senior independent-living facilities along Western Avenue, where residents could walk to doctors’ offices, coffee shops, and bus stops.

People want higher ceilings than in the past, and developers need to include more infrastructure, including required fire-suppression systems, between floors, according to Jacqueline Coons, the town’s chief building and zoning inspector.

At a special meeting, the Altamont Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously  overturned a decision made by the village’s building inspector on Stewart’s proposed Altamont Boulevard project. Zoning-board member Kathryn Provencher was part of the unanimous decision, two weeks after Stewart’s Shops had asked that she recuse herself because, the company said, she was biased against the proposed project.

On May 15, the Guilderland zoning board approved a 256-unit senior independent-living proposal that was the catalyst for the birth of a grassroots group urging “responsible development.”

The number of employees allowed to work at a home business would increase in both Berne and Knox should proposed amendments pass.

A request for an interpretation as to what the proposed Stewart’s project on Altamont Boulevard should be designated as — a convenience store or a gasoline service station — was left unanswered by the Altamont Zoning Board at its monthly meeting due to an out-of-left-field request made by Stewart’s.  

GUILDERLAND — The town is considering changes to its zoning code, including one that would clarify where senior independent-living facilities can be built. This may stymie the Viscusi Builders’ hope of building a facility at 493 Church Road.

Pyramid’s new proposals related to the apartment complex it hopes to build on Rapp Road include dead-ending Rapp Road to prevent through traffic, and moving the end of Gipp Road.

More vehicles travel the portion of Western Avenue between Route 155 and Carman Road every day — over 40,000 — than travel along Wolf Road in front of Colonie Center.

VOORHEESVILLE — The second public hearing on the proposed updates to Voorheesville’s zoning code, again, brought out representatives from Stewart’s, who offered a preview of what the company was prepared to do if changes to the zoning code were approved.

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