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IV.

(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.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Town Board requested the Committee to “develop short-term and long-term

recommendations.”

A. Short-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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