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Marcellus Town Board approves zoning change

The Marcellus Town Board has voted to extend a light-industrial zone that covers the southeast corner of Lee Mulroy and Bishop Hill roads in Marcellus.

The Marcellus Town Board has voted to extend a light-industrial zone that covers the southeast corner of Lee Mulroy and Bishop Hill roads in Marcellus. Nikki Treleaven

— The Marcellus Town Board’s approval of an extension on an existing light-industrial zone last night left some residents furious.

The board voted unanimously to extend a light-industrial zone that covers the southeast corner of Lee Mulroy and Bishop Hill roads in Marcellus. The new zoning would bring half of an existing farm lot into the existing light-industrial zone.

The corner is currently an agricultural zone, and residents like Diane DéBottis would like it stay that way. DéBottis owns property off of Masters Road, which is just south of Lee Mulroy Road.

“I have a concern,” she told the board. “You just zoned that. Now what does that mean for my property? What do you plan on building there? I’m concerned [about] what will be built there.”

DéBottis added: “There’s a wetland there which is a critical environmental area, along with a beaver dam who are an endangered species, and not to mention the high powered gas lines.”

Other residents were concerned that the zoning change could lead to the area’s peaceful serenity being disturbed.

“It’s a peaceful area and I’d hate to see it get disrupted,” one woman said.

The proposal to extend the zoning came following the passing of the woman who owned the property at the corner of Lee Mulroy and Bishop Hill roads, Town Supervisor Daniel Ross said. Her estate wished to sell the property, and thought connecting the corner would make it more desirable to potential buyers.

“We really don’t see any negative affects to the surrounding area,” Ross said. “It’s logical to continue the light-industrial zone to Bishop Hill Road, and that’s it. It’s the logical place to put it. It’s not a major change.”

If anyone were to apply to build in this zone or in any other industrial zone, the request would have to go through the town planning board as well as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

“The planning board has to approve any requests,” Ross said. “They have a long list of requirements in order for someone to build in an industrial zone. They’re not going to let someone build on a property line or in the creeks — they can’t get close to it.”

The proposed zoning change will now go to the town zoning board of appeals for approval on Aug. 6.

Nikki Treleaven is a freelance writer for the Eagle Observer. Reach her at ntreleaven02@gmail.com.

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