Hearing held to discuss proposed 50-unit limit on projects

BY Molly Congdon
Gazette Reporter
CLIFTON PARK — Despite the brutal wintery conditions outside, Town Supervisor Phil Barrett and the Town Board pushed ahead the evening of Feb. 3 with a public hearing on the concept of a 50-unit limit on residential projects.

Over 30 Clifton Park business owners and residents were in attendance, many of whom spoke in favor of the removal of the town’s proposed 50-unit-per-project cap. Such a cap would block the $50 million mixed-use development that Windsor Development is seeking to build on the site of the vacant former Kmart north of Route 146 at Exit 9, in what has been called Town Center. It includes more than 200 luxury apartments.

“Windsor is excited about the opportunity to bring this upscale residential and commercial building to the Town Center and the Clifton Park community,” Windsor Development CEO Robert Miller said. “It’s completely in line with the Town Center Master Plan that was created over the past few years by homeowners, residents, business owners, town officials and formally adopted by the Town Board in 2012.”

Paul Goldman, attorney for Windsor Development, said to the Town Board: “You have a plan and the zoning amendments have to be consistent with the town plan and I respectfully say that the cap is inconsistent with the town plan and therefore by itself illegal.”

Since the storm may have kept some people at home, the community will be able to submit feedback to the town over the next two weeks. This feedback will be made available to the public after it is collected.
No schedule has been set for actual adoption of the zoning changes.