(40,000 total) in our area before New Scotland would be able to support even a small, community-sized
shopping center of more than 100,000 sq. ft. Therefore, any new shopping center beyond 100,000 sq.ft.
will not be viable.
The existing zoning law has no restrictions regarding the size of commercial development in the
Town. A 50,000 sq. ft. retail store cap would provide flexibility to accommodate a viable grocery store.
A 100,000 sq. ft. cap on total retail shopping center per parcel would prevent the development of
regionally drawing shopping centers as mandated by the Comprehensive Plan. Because the Industrial
Zone and Commercial Hamlet Districts also permits retail uses, the same revisions are required for those
zoning districts as well.
The Town Board requested the Committee to “develop short-term and long-term
In the short-term, the zoning law should be amended to prohibit retail and wholesale
development in the Commercial, Commercial Hamlet and Industrial Zones in excess of 50,000 sq. ft. per
store, and 100,000 sq. ft. total retail/wholesale per parcel. This will ensure this type of development will
not have a regional draw. The Comprehensive Plan is clear that regional shopping centers should not be
permitted. The zoning law also should be amended to ensure that any retail/wholesale development in
the Commercial, Commercial Hamlet or Industrial District provides 50% open or “green space” for
parcels in excess of 5 acres. This measure would ensure that future developments are appropriate in
size and scale.
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