Workshop to focus on potential changes to the city’s Zoning Ordinance

A Planning Board workshop will be held 5 p.m. Monday and a full meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Applications under consideration include a site plan review for a 14,000 square-foot Rite Aid Development at West Ave. and Washington Street with a drive-in, and a 17,000 square-foot facility expansion at the West Ave. YMCA. The agenda may be downloaded HERE. Plans are underway for the development of a 110-unit senior living rental complex on Perry Road off Route 50, the Times Union reports. The three-story structure will sit on 12 acres and include an indoor pool, fitness center, tavern, and movie theater. The one and two bedroom apartments at Summit Senior Living will range in size from 715 to 1,065 square feet and completion is anticipated by the summer.

The future of the city. Large-scale development, or preservation of green space? A world class golf course, the City Center parking garage, and a proposed expansion at Saratoga Hospital. Each project has required special approval, because existing land use regulations prohibit their development. Debates about whether to grant those approvals have been lengthy and contentious, with those wanting to maintain the city-in-the-country concept and groups like Sustainable Saratoga on one side of the aisle, and business agencies, developers and organizations like Saratoga PAC on the other.

In a forum that should have the ear of both camps, the city will host an all-day community workshop to discuss desired development code changes as part of the city’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) project.

The purpose of the community workshop is to collect additional public input and suggestions on potential changes to the city’s Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations and related development codes prior to the consultant’s completion of a Zoning Diagnostic Report, which is intended to provide the focus for the draft UDO.

A draft document is expected to be near completion in June, with public meetings in front of the City Council slated to take place during the summer.

The UDO workshop takes place 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 4 at Empire State College, 2 Union Ave. Local residents, business owners and other interested stakeholder groups are encouraged to sign up for a discussion time-slot. All suggestions and comments received from the public will be collected for use in the development of the draft UDO. For more information about the project, go here: