We’ll believe it when we see it: Schuylerville officials will gather Jan. 6 to discuss proposed zoning guidelines for the village. The move comes about a year after discount retailer Dollar General announced plans to build a 9,300-square-foot store on Route 29 at the western edge of the village. The announcement drew the ire of some local residents who initiated a petition that aimed to stop the retailer from setting up shop in the village. Without zoning regulations in place, however, there is little that can be done by the dissenting faction and the proposal prompted village officials to reconsider plans to adopt zoning laws.
The village adopted a comprehensive plan about a decade ago, but in 2011, after two years of study at a cost of $50,000, the village board suddenly voted against implementing zoning regulations. The 2011 plan, which would have created eight zoning districts in the village, lost in a 3-2 vote. Village Trustee Jim Miers, who is still a member of the village board, was so incensed after the 2011 vote against implementing the regulations, he made a motion to disband the Planning Board and abolish the village’s comprehensive plan, saying both were irrelevant without a zoning law to back them up.
“You’re going to see a lot of pressure put on this community in the next few years,” Thomas McTygue, a former Saratoga Springs public works commissioner who now lives in the town of Saratoga, said during a public meeting in 2015 convened to hear plans of Dollar General’s proposed development. “They’re pushing a lot of people from Saratoga Springs that are coming this way and who want to live here. If you had the proper zoning in place, you could tell the developers, ‘You will put those sidewalks in. You will build to our standards.’ But you’re not in a position to do that.”
The meeting will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday at village hall, opposite the Schuylerville Central School, on Route 29.