TOWN OF MONTGOMERY - Three months after the topic of a building moratorium was brought to the Town Board, the town finally unveiled a final version of the local law, which would halt development review and approval on some warehouses and distribution centers larger than 40,000 square feet.
A proposed moratorium released on Thursday is geared toward projects whose Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) have not been accepted. Projects that have received a negative declaration would not be affected.
Town Supervisor Brian Maher said the moratorium considers multiple points of view and is fair and balanced. It will allow the community to take a pause while the comprehensive plan is being updated.
“We think it’s important to have diversity in the types of businesses that come into our town. We only have a certain amount of developable parcels left in the town and we want to make sure the new comprehensive plan is considered before new large warehouses,” Maher said.
A public hearing on the moratorium is set for 6:30 p.m. March 18.
Any projects that have received final approval prior to the effective date of the moratorium would not be affected as long as they have received an extension that has not expired. Five of the 10 projects in the pipeline are larger than 40,000 square feet.
Maher said the two-year public input on Medline Industries Inc.’s plan to build a 1.3 million-square-foot warehouse off Route 416 has made the project more environmentally sound when asked why the massive warehouse is not included in the moratorium. He added the priority is to make sure they mitigate potential impact and meet all requirements to move forward.