JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Planning Board last week remained neutral on a zoning amendment in the town of Mayfield that could affect nearly 30 properties.
The board conducted a state-required review of the amendment.
County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty said the Mayfield Town Board is proposing a zoning map amendment for 28 properties along the north and south sides of Route 29. He said it involves a "500-foot swath" of parcels the town wants to zone commercial between Progress Road and the Mayfield-Johnstown town line.
"Most of it is zoned under agricultural zoning right now," Geraghty said.
He said the amendment will create a C-1 Commercial District for 500 feet on each side of Route 29. He said 18 of the parcels now are zoned AG-Agricultural, while 10 of the parcels are zoned R-1 Residential.
Geraghty said one of the bigger property owners is petitioning for the change. Once it is zoned commercial, he said it opens up "possibilities" for future development.
The board didn't see any immediate concerns from a regional standpoint and remained neutral.
Board Vice Chairman Steve Cirillo said he wanted to approve the application outright, but the rest of the board didn't agree.
"I actually think it would be something to be supported from a county level," Cirillo said.
Board alternate member Frank Lauria, however, thought the zoning change should remain a town issue.
Board Chairman John Blackmon said there may be an increase in traffic once that portion of Route 29 becomes increasingly commercial.
The board also reviewed another project application going though the town of Mayfield and remained neutral.
Geraghty said a site plan for a business on Route 29 is going through the Mayfield Planning Board.
He said Roger Putman wants to open a small equipment sales business on his farm along the south side of Route 29 in the town.
"He's got some deal going with one of the companies," he said.
As part of the operation, Geraghty said Putman will have a 900-square-foot display area in front of his buildings along Route 29 and a second 600-square-foot display behind a flower garden.
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