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Residents turn out to talk zoning changes

Jul 10, 2019 2:00 pm
Amanda Purcell is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media more than 250 people recently turned out for a meeting of the Chatham Town Board to comment or ask questions about the town’s proposed new zoning laws. The question-and-answer session was held at the Tri-Village Firehouse in Old Chatham more than two weeks after the town board faced a public backlash about the laws last month. The board postponed its vote on the legislation to allow officials time to address the public's concerns. Residents generally argued that the zoning overhaul imposes restrictions more suited to a place like Westchester County, rather than an upstate town like Chatham. Questions asked concerned the potential for legal action if the laws were passed; the noise restrictions imposed outside the home; and parking requirements for commercial properties. There were still dozens of questions left unanswered after the meeting was over. The board will hold another informational meeting at 6 p.m., July 10. A special meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on July 11 at town hall to answer more questions. “We’ve listened to you and we heard your concerns. This is a cooperative effort on all of our parts,” Town Supervisor Maria Lull said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.