Cortlandville Town Board Tables Gutchess Zoning Change Amid Neighbors Concerns
Amid concerns from neighbors the Cortlandville Town Board has tabled action on a plan to rezone a dozen parcels of property surrounding the Gutchess Lumber Company. Gutchess wants the land rezoned for industrial uses.
Gutchess Lumber is looking to rezone over 54 acres of land that the company owns along Route 281, McLean, and Stupke Roads. The lands border several residential properties.
Company owner Gary Gutchess says the company has run out of space at it's current facilities and wants to use the land to store logs, there is no current plan to build on the land.
County planners reviewed the request and urged the town to require Gutchess to submit a long term development plan.
Nearly a dozen residents showed up last night at a required public hearing for the zone change. Those that spoke object to the change, among those is McLean Road resident Alex Fumarola, he along with his neighbors are concerned about how the rezoning could impact the value of their homes, traffic, noise, and the environment.
Gutchess says they have no intention of doing anything to hurt neighboring property values, he points out that this zone change is part of a plan to continue growing the company here. The local facility employs 150 people, the company also has facilities in Pennsylvania.
Following the hearing the Town Board tabled action on the zone change until June 18th, Town Supervisor Dick Tupper says he wants the board to consider the comments, but in the end he feels that the rezoning is appropriate and will not be an issue to the surrounding residential homes.
Residents can submit written comments to the Town on the proposed zone change until June 13th.