A friend and colleague who is seeking her first elected office in a small Town on the outskirts of the Capital Region wrote me recently to bemoan the lack of decency and common courtesy in local politics. [Read more…]
Ballston Public Hearing, Walmart / Rossi PUDD, Tuesday July 28. Run time 3hrs/20min
Hearing starts at the :3o minute mark
Watching the process of the proposed Walmart project unfold has been a mixture of fascination, education, shock, disappointment and enlightenment for me. I’ve learned more about the terminology and legalities of what goes into decision making by a town planning board and commercial developers than frankly, I ever thought I’d be interested in knowing. [Read more…]
The existing studies conducted in regards to the Rossi/Walmart project do not adequately address the impact this project will have on traffic on Routes 50 and 67, the surrounding roadways and on the Village of Ballston Spa. [Read more…]
Grassroots Group Continues to Urge Town of Ballston to declare Positive Declaration
BALLSTON SPA — The grassroots organization Smart Growth Ballston has launched an on-line petition, according to a press release, urging the Town of Ballston Planning Board to vote for a Positive Declaration (Pos. Dec.) in the Walmart/Rossi Development. A Planning Board decision on a Positive Declaration is the next step in the planning process for the Walmart/Rossi proposed development. [Read more…]
Smart Growth Ballston’s (SGB) purpose in pursuing an appeal of the Planning Board’s decision was to have Rossi/Walmart present their evidence as to whether they had met the requirements of the Planned Unit Development District (PUDD) dated May 31, 2011. The PUDD states that: [Read more…]
BALLSTON SPA – Smart Growth Ballston — a community group opposed to big box development, which it describes as greater than 60,000 square feet — said Tuesday two surveys show a large majority of Ballston voters and local businesses oppose large-scale, big box development in the Town of Ballston.
I have listened to many of my friends, neighbors, and citizens opinions regarding whether to build or not build a new Walmart in the Town of Ballston, and after listening to, and respecting and understanding those opinions, [Read more…]
BALLSTON SPA – Story updated June 24 at 2:53 p.m. A Walmart spokesman said the retailer has been advised by the Town of Ballston that the conditions of the PUDD have been met and plans are continuing.
Smart Growth Ballston, a community group rallying against the proposed Walmart development in Ballston Spa, says the clock has run out on the project.