Shelby looks to rezone gateway on 63 to Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 February 2017 at 8:50 am

Courtesy Orleans County Department of Planning and Development: This zoning map shows the 25 properties that Shelby seeks to change from the hamlet zoning district to general business.

ALBION – The Town of Shelby has the Orleans County Planning Board’s support to rezone the hamlet zoning district on Route 63, at the triangle and at neighboring properties leading into the Village of Medina.

Shelby wants to rezone the land to general business, which will allow more commerical uses for the properties.

“This is the gateway coming in on 63 into Medina,” Kirk Myhill, the Planning Board chairman in Shelby, told the County Planning Board members at Thursday’s board meeting. “Hopefully by rezoning this we may be able to entice more businesses to come in.”

The 25 properties to be rezoned are on the triangle and adjacent properties on South Gravel Road (Route 63), West Avenue Extension, and a portion of Maples Ridge Road. The area represents 17.43 acres and is contiguous to an existing general business district.

The Orleans County Planning Board unanimously backed the zoning revision on Thursday, recommending that Shelby make the change.

• In another referral, the County Panning Board supported the Town of Murray’s request for a six-month moratorium on applications for commercial solar energy projects.

The moratorium doesn’t apply to residential projects. Ron Vendetti, the Murray code enforcement officer, said there have been four recent residential projects. He hasn’t heard any concerns from the community with those projects.

The moratorium on larger commercial projects will give the town time to draft an ordinance that includes setbacks, visual mitigation, decommissioning and other issues.

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