In the News
STEWART'S: 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. Stewart's has now purchased the properties (Edward's house and Broughton's). They will be seeking a variance to erect a gas station over the Aquifer. 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). Read a statement from SPDA member, George Hodgson.
- Attend the next Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on Monday, November 16th at 7:00 PM to voice your concerns and hold the Town accountable.
From the September and October 2019 PB agendas, there are several projects in front of the Board for review. Projects on the books:
- a new retail store for Curtis Lumber
- sewer/stormwater system expansions at Dunkin' Donuts
- a new project at Love Lutheran Church; the Board was reviewing a two-lot subdivision
- multiple solar farms are in the planning stages
From the November 2019 PB agenda:
- Goulet Trucking
- New housing project in the Southeast area of Sunset Road and Colombia Turnpike consisting of 40 acres, 232 rental units in 16 multi-family buildings, and parking for 501 cars. The entrance will be on Sunset Road.
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.
GOULET TRUCKING: 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. Updates on developments will be posted when more is known about the status of the proposal.
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.