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Potential Clay zoning changes spark criticism

Supervisor Damian Ulatowski said the board would require a traffic study before they would make any decision on the zone change.

"I want to know if it's 10,000 or 30,000 cars on that road every day," Ulatowski said. "We won't make any decision without that."

Others expressed concerns about drainage on the property. Sylvia Reynolds of Woodstream Terrace, which she said would be affected by drainage from the property, pointed out that many existing properties in the area, both residential and professional, already drain into Mill Brook.

"That little stream just can't handle all of this water," Reynolds said. "Teenagers can jump over that brook, and they do to get to the junior high. It's just not going to be able to handle it. Just go into some of our backyards and take a look."

Finally, residents asked why another medical or office building was necessary in the area.

"When we already have three professional buildings now right near the area, why do we need two more?" asked Kathy Zory of Rita Drive. "A lot of them aren't filled now. I just don't think they're needed."

Councilor Bruce Johnson pointed out that the board could not take that into consideration when making a decision.

The public hearing was adjourned to the July 19 board meeting.

In other business:

The board held a public hearing regarding a request for a special permit to operate a drive-through at Kinney Drugs in Bayberry Plaza. This is the second time the pharmacy has requested the permit; plaza owner Joseph Janowski had approached the board a few years ago to request permission to build a new facility with a drive-through on an outparcel. This time, however, Janowski is proposing moving the pharmacy, currently located within the strip mall, to the end of the mall where Metro Mattress had been located, demolishing about 3,500 feet of building space and constructing a drive-through.

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