2011-02-09 / Front Page

75 Attend Rezoning Public Hearing

Board listens to praise, criticism
Staff Reports

At the Haldane School gym Wednesday night, a crowd of about 75 Philipstown residents attended the first installment of the public hearing on the proposed rezoning. The meeting, which lasted about two hours, featured a mix of praise and outright criticism of the rezoning.

Highlights include:
Resident Ming Wang expressed her concern that one of the proposed regulations would affect 80 percent of her property and that zoning favored large landowners.
Fred Osborne, while saying there were imperfections in the proposed law, said overall it was an excellent document.
Cathy DiSalvo questioned the clarity and directness of the document by quizzing the town board and its zoning lawyer Joel Russell on how her business would be classified in the proposed rezoning. Russell told her she had put him on the spot.
Andy Chmar, director of the nonprofit Hudson Highlands Land Trust, enthusiastically urged the board quickly to approve the document.

Look for more coverage at PCNR.com and for full coverage in next week’s Putnam County News.

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