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New Hartford Town Board to vote on zoning change that has residents concerned

By HILARY LANE

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New Hartford Town Board is voting Wednesday night on proposal that would change zoning rules in New Hartford Business Park.

Currently, retail businesses are prohibited from being built on the undeveloped land at the New Hartford Business Park, but the new proposal on the table is calling for zoning laws to change so that small stores and restaurants could set up shop.

Town supervisor Pat Tyksinksi says that he believes the new development would be beneficial for the town.

"Now you take a little bit off of the average residential taxpayer in the town, because now you are shifting some of the burden onto the new assessments going up," Tyksinski said.

The New York State Department of Transportation has already approved the plan and now it is up to a town board vote. However, not everyone is ready to jump on the re-zoning bandwagon.

Neighbors living nearby are worried that future development there could negatively impact their quiet, residential neighborhood.

Debbie Acker lives on Woods Highway and says she is concerned about the ramifications of the increased traffic due to new construction.

"I worry about being commercial and not residential," Acker said. "Grew up in that house. My grandfather built that house. I played there as a child."

Acker also worries about the safety of her young children who enjoy playing outside in her quiet neighborhood.

If you want to voice your concerns, there is a public heard at Butler Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

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