Council OKs zoning changes

GLOVERSVILLE – Eight properties near the new Burger King had their zoning changed to commercial to make their property more appealing to developers.

The Common?Council approved the zoning changes during its meeting Tuesday.

The rezoning will affect one side of South Kingsboro Avenue. Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said the zoning change will affect eight houses at the bottom of South Kingsboro near the intersection with Route 30A.

According to the resolutions and local law, the zoning change will affect parcels at: 261 S. Kingsboro Ave.; 259 S. Kingsboro Ave.; 257 S. Kingsboro Ave.; 253 S. Kingsboro Ave.; 241 S. Kingsboro Ave.; 237 S. Kingsboro Ave.; 234 S. Kingsboro Ave. and 87 Hill St.

The property owned by Foothills United Methodist Church behind the residents is zoned commercial. The commercial zone will be extended to the residents’ properties.

The opposite side of South Kingsboro Avenue – across from the Burger King – is already zoned residential-commercial.

However, Jones said this zoning change has been extended to the middle of South Kingsboro Avenue, and if any of those residents decide to change their zoning it can easily be extended.

Another request

At the meeting, Jones notified the council that Mario Albanese would like to change the zoning to commercial for two of his properties along South Kingsboro Avenue – just north of the properties that had their zoning changed. The two vacant pieces of property are on the same side of South Kingsboro Avenue, situated in the wooded areas on each side of a Lexington property.

Jones said to save time, he requested the city Planning Board provide a recommendation. Prior to the meeting, the board recommended the council OK the zoning changes for the two properties.

“I was surprised it already went to the Planning Board for recommendation, doesn’t that require a motion by the council?” 1st Ward Councilwoman Robin Wentworth asked.

City Attorney Anthony Casale said that approval will have to be resubmitted to the board because it wasn’t recommended by the council.

“It’s just a technicality,” Casale said about the reapproval.

Casale said once he has the response from the board, a public hearing on the zoning changes will be held and the zoning could be approved at the council’s meetings in February.

Jones said the Planning Board previously asked him to see if Lexington wanted to change the zoning for its property. Lexington declined because the residential housing would have to be recertified by the state if a change was made, he said.