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New Hartford Town Board votes against zoning change for proposed housing development

The New Hartford Town Board voted against a zoning change Wednesday night that would have paved way for a proposed housing development off of Woods Highway.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 11:15 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. - The New Hartford Town Board voted against a zoning change Wednesday night that would have paved way for a proposed moderate-income housing development off of Woods Highway.

A Rochester-area developer was hoping to put moderate-income housing on the property which is zoned as commercial. The town voted down changing the zoning to planned development in order for the project to happen.

Some residents say they were opposed to the housing units being built in that location because of environmental concerns and possible increased flooding issues.

"It's too big for the area, it would be changing the character of the neighborhood," Lisa Britt, a New Hartford resident said. "We're not against the project, we just thought it was a bad place to put it."

Other residents agree that it's not the project, it's the location.

"I have a problem with the environmental damage the project would have caused, it's a wetland area," Judy Cusworth, a New Hartford resident said. "I just thought if you want to have a development like that, I have nothing against low income housing, but there are other places in the town of New Hartford that it could've been placed where it wouldn't have done any damage at all."

According to the town supervisor, who voted against the zoning change, there would be no benefit to the town from this development.

"There's affordable housing in New Hartford and they're not even full so to bring another affordable housing project to New Hartford, there's really no benefit at this point," Paul Miscione, town supervisor said.

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