MONTGOMERY — In the shadow of the town’s possible moratorium, Medline’s application is more likely to be a timing issue. The town’s Planning Board is considering making a decision on whether to adopt Medline’s final environmental impact statement (FEIS) in a couple weeks, which could be a factor in determining if the 1.3 million-square-foot warehouse is approved before a possible moratorium would take effect.
After five meetings in a span of five months since Medline first submitted its FEIS, lighting is the only lingering concern before the board. In response to the board’s question about why not use amber light to mitigate the impact, Medline’s engineering consultant said it’s a safety consideration. Planning Board members requested more time to assess the color of light in the lighting plan submitted Friday before making a final decision.
Although the town’s engineering consultant said most concerns have been addressed other than some technical issues related to the site plan, residents are still concerned over potential traffic, noise, visibility, runoff, diesel pollution and sewage.
Resident Nina Snyder would like to see prevention rather than mitigation plans. She is concerned the runoff would pose significant impact on the watershed.
“They keep saying if there’s noise in the residence we can mitigate that. But what I want is certainty and prevention,” Snyder said.
Jeff VanZandt urged the board members to make a decision prioritizing quality of life and the future of next generations.
“The developers would come up here and make every concern disappear with a piece of paper apparently, but they can’t make that building disappear,” VanZandt said. “It doesn’t belong here.”
The Planning Board is considering making a decision on whether to adopt the FEIS March 9, and the public hearing will continue until March 30.