zoning

A variance request to divide one residential lot into two drew a great deal of opposition from neighbors at a recent planning board meeting.

After Altamont recommended disapproving a solar farm, which would have stood on its outskirts, the solar company withdrew its application and is now focusing on the rural town of Knox, which it sees as more receptive to solar projects.

Developer Gregory Wolanin will need to find a new place to store the World War II vehicles he collects and exhibits, the Guilderland zoning board decided Oct. 5.

The third phase of a public hearing on a proposal for planned unit development districts in Voorheesville left no doubt in the minds of village board members that now is the time for Voorheesville to draft what the mayor called a blueprint for its future, a comprehensive land-use plan.

The discovery that one Guilderland farmer has paid taxes for years on land that he did not actually own, at the edge of his property, has prompted the town and the county to redraw the tax map and look at a refund.

The new owner of the Old Stone Inn — built in 1773 — doesn’t want a nine-acre solar farm in his front yard. But Guilderland okayed these farms for rural areas as well as industrial areas just a few months ago.

Acting Chief Building and Zoning Inspector Jacqueline Coons said that as soon as the town receives the right paperwork, demolition will continue. “It should be done soon,” she said.

A mix of town, planning, and zoning board members looked into proposed revisions for the town’s hamlet zoning law.

Stewart’s has bought the house next to its Altamont store. A year ago, the village board declined to change the zoning of that parcel from residential to commercial, nixing plans Stewart’s had for expansion.

Stewart’s Shops planned to buy Smith’s Tavern, a popular Voorheesville eatery, and put a gas station and convenience store on Maple Avenue but now, says Chuck Marshall, representing Stewart’s, the village wants to block the project with a moratorium on gas stations while it searches for a new well site.

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