Gloversville weighs zoning change

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council this week decided to schedule a public hearing and seek the recommendation of the city and county planning boards on changing the zoning along one side of South Kingsboro Avenue.

The action was taken after a half- dozen residents along South Kingsboro Avenue submitted a petition to the Common Council proposing to have the side of road where a new Burger King is under construction changed from residential to residential commercial.

They said with the development of Burger King and a possible future access road along Route 30A, they would like the zoning change to allow their property to be more appealing to future developers.

Currently, their property is zoned residential while the property owned by Foothills United Methodist Church behind them is zoned commercial. The opposite side of South Kingsboro Avenue – opposite of Burger King – is already zoned residential commercial.

Linda Ruggiero, of 234 S. Kingsboro Ave., spoke during this week’s council meeting on behalf of the petitioners.

“We are asking you to consider changing our zoning; this way the entire area will be residential commercial because the other side is residential commercial right now,” Ruggiero said.

Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said he doesn’t mind the zoning change, but he questioned whether they fully understand what the difference between residential commercial and full commercial is because, ultimately, if a big business were to take the property, it would have to be changed further for full-scale development.

He said spot zoning is not permitted in the city, but since the property behind the residents’ property is full commercial, it can be extended to their property if needed.

Members of the Common Council said they understood Jones’ point, but decided to schedule a hearing.

At the meeting, 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. asked City Assessor Joni Dennie if there is a tax difference based on the type of zoning of a property.

Dennie said all properties within the city limits are taxed the same regardless of the type of zoning.

City Attorney Anthony Casale said after the change is reviewed by both planning boards and the public hearing takes place, the change could be finalized by the end of November.

The public hearing was scheduled for the next Common Council meeting on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.