County gives support to town

JOHNSTOWN –Fulton County planning officials this week gave its support to the town of Broadalbin’s most-recent effort to adopt revised subdivision regulations for the town.

The county Planning Board took the action Tuesday at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

“This is just an effort to clean up the code that’s already existing,” said county Senior Planner Sean Geraghty.

Geraghty explained that the Broadalbin Town Planning Board has been working with the county Planning Department on revisions to its subdivision regulations. He said there is basically no zoning now in Broadalbin.

He said the revisions are intended to bring the local regulations up to date with New York state town law statutes and to align the administration of the law with the planning board’s typical review procedures.

In other state General Municipal Law reviews:

∫ The board voted to stay out of, or be neutral, on a proposed site plan for Brown’s Ford car dealership project to build an addition in Johnstown. The board said there was no regional implications for the project currently going through the Johnstown City Planning Board.

“They just need additional maintenance space,” Geraghty said.

Geraghty said the 5.4-acre Brown’s Ford dealership on the west side of Route 30A wants to construct a 4,800-square-foot metal building on the southwest corner of the existing facility. The exterior of the addition will match the existing building.

∫ The board voted to support Fulton Friendship House’s 64-unit apartment complex along the west side of North Perry Street. The total size of the project — currently going through the Johnstown City Planning Board — is about 33 acres in size. Geraghty said the project, with “countywide benefits,” will create low, moderate-income affordable housing units and is being designed as a mixed, supportive housing project.

Geraghty noted Fulton Friendship House works with people with mental health and addiction problems.

“They probably have clients scattered all over the county right now,’ he said.

Geraghty said the apartment building will likely be a “monitored situation.”

∫ In a personnel matter, Geraghty noted the nine-member board is down one board member. He said board member Frank Malagisi resigned. In order to be appointed, he said an individual must submit a letter of interest to the Fulton County Planning Department and receive a recommendation from the county Planning Board, which is forwarded to the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at