The Zoning Board of Appeals will likely be voting on whether or not the Planned Development District for the proposed casino and its attendant amenities can trump local zoning. In this case, the parcel is zoned Residential-Buffer. The developer's lawyer argued that the casino could go wherever a developer wanted to put it because the Upstate Gaming Act now makes gaming facilities legal in the State. They were not previously allowed in any zone in the State, with the exception of Tribal entities.
The developer's lawyer is saying that the State trumps local. Not true. The Gaming Act makes a gaming venue allowable as it wasn't previously. It doesn't make it allowable with no consideration for existing zoning. That would mean a casino, bar, restaurant, and retail space could be opened in, say, your residential backyard. Imagine all 6,000 plus homes in East Greenbush turning their yards into 24-7 commerical sites. This decision has far reaching consequences.
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Save East Greenbush lawyer Jeff Meyer was on hand to register comments at the Zoning Public Hearing two weeks ago and will be back again. We need to be there, too. Please show up. Spread the word. And donate to our legal fund! You can do that online or by mail.
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