Potential Clay zoning changes spark criticism

Zoning proposal draws crowd to Clay Town Hall

Board members and residents alike expressed doubts about a proposed zone change on Buckley Road at the Clay Town Board's June 21 meeting, raising concerns about traffic, drainage and usage of the property.

Bill Camperlino and Gary Hafner, applying under the name Red Barn LLC, have requested a zone change from R-10 Residential District to O-2 Office District on property located just south of Waxwood Circle on Buckley Road. More than 200 residents of the area, including Buckley, Waxwood, Briarledge Road and Rita Drive, have signed a petition asking the town board to deny the zone change; about 35 of them were in the audience Monday night to be heard at the public hearing.

"We own approximately two acres on Buckley Road," Camperlino said. "It's zoned agricultural, allowing single-family homes to be built on it. We've studied the property and there's really no vegetation or buffers. There's a substation that Niagara Mohawk operates next to the property that's noisy and such, so we decided it would probably make more sense to have a transitional type building put on that site rather than luxury single-family detached housing."

Camperlino noted that the town's planning board had recommended that the board approve the zone change.

Red Barn has proposed putting two buildings on the site with one curb cut off Buckley Road. Camperlino said the owners have not conducted a traffic study or any engineering on the property, as they have no potential users for the property.

"We don't know the possible square footage or anything like that," Camperlino said. "It's hard to judge that when we don't have a user yet."

He did say the owners anticipate some kind of service industry would purchase the property, likely a medical office, but possibly an accountant or other office.

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