In the News
HAZARDOUS WASTE TRUCK-HAULER PROPOSED for Route 9 and Lape Road. Neighbors speak out on Planning Board's consideration of Goulet Trucking Corporate Headquarters and truck-washing facility. See WNYT's 4/12/19 and 4/16/19 broadcasts. Hazardous wastes include contaminated soils, municipal solid waste, coal and incinerator ash, scrap metal, sewage treatment plant sludge, paper sludge, recyclables, demolition debris, and asbestos waste. The proposed use is prohibited in the direct recharge area of the Town's Aquifer (see Documents, External Links). See also the Public Hearing video (4/15/19)and PB meeting (3/18/19, with comments) video.
HISTORIC HOUSE DEMOLITION PLANNED: There is a proposal to demolish the former historic Edward’s Chiropractic house and build a new Stewart’s on the corner of Sunset Road and Route 9/20 in Schodack Town Center. Neighbor of the proposed Stewart's has sued the Schodack Zoning Board. Read The Times Union articles from 6/28/19 and 7/17/19. SPDA has written a letter to Gary Dake, the President of Stewart's Shops. If you would like to co-sign this letter, go to our on-line PETITION, and add your comments. Also, see SPDA's position in its Letter to the Planning Board and in our Latest Advertiser Articles. See also the Public Hearing video (4/1/19).
AMAZON: The million square-foot warehouse planned for Route 9 between exits 11 and 12 will be a distribution center for Amazon. See SPDA's position in Latest Advertiser Articles. The neighborhood of Richwood and Hillcrest Drives fight back. Link to the Save Schodack petition and website to read the latest developments. Neighbors have filed an appeal to the decision to dismiss the lawsuit against the Town and developers: link to the previous Times Union article and the Guardian articles. Meanwhile the Town approved more taxpayer funds for lawyers to defend the appeal, which could have been avoided if they had required and reviewed a full environmental impact statement prior to approval. What is an environmental impact statement (EIS)? See also the EPA's description of an EIS.
ZONING! Community awaits completion of Town-wide zoning, which has been pushed forward again by the Town of Schodack Zoning Working Group. Town-wide zoning must be completed before the Town Center Plan will be finalized by the Town Board. Link to the Town Center Plan:
Details of SPDA's input: see Imput for the Zoning Work Group
Schodack Candidate Forum:
SPDA is pleased to announce that the Nov. 1, 2017 Candidate Forum we organized was a success. Over 140 people attended, and key questions concerning planning and development and many other topics were fielded by the Candidates. Many thanks go to the League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County, the Maple Hill High School Participation-in-Government students, Goolds Orchards for refreshments, and SPDA volunteers. Here are some quotes from the Candidate Forum related to Development.