Public Hearings-Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Jan./Feb. 91

Tuesday, January 22, 7:30 p.m.-Meeting of the Town Board of Guilderland
An area of the Pine Bush has been proposed to be re-zoned to R-40, one house per acre in a clustered development. If this land cannot be purchased for preserve (the best option), then this re-zoning is the next best as it will allow corridors of undeveloped land to be preserved. The developers are expected to ask for R-20, which would double the number of houses allowed. The meeting will be held at the Guilderland Town Hall.

Thursday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.-Public Hearing on The Pines
The Pines is a private psychiatric hospital proposed for the east side of Rapp Road in the Pine Bush. The hearing on the draft EIS and re-zoning will be held at the Albany City Hall in the Common Council Chambers on the second floor. For more information, call Lynne Jackson at 434-1954.

Editor's note: This proposal was finally dropped This is another example SPB's history chasing away prospective developers.


Monday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.-Public Scoping Meeting of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Draft Management Plan/EIS

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will hold this public meeting to gather information and identify issues to be addressed in a draft management plan/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). All members of the public are invited to speak about their views about Pine Bush preservation.
The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the Town of Colonie Community Center, 1653 Central Avenue, Albany.

In case of bad weather, the meeting will be rescheduled for Tuesday, January 29. For more information, contact Darwin Roosa (518) 382-0680.
It is important for all people who are concerned with Pine Bush preservation to come to at least one of these public hearings or meetings. The more people speak out about the importance of Pine Bush preservation, the more likely that government officials will listen. If you are concerned that you do not know what to say, or don't know what is expected at these hearings, please call Lynne Jackson at 434-1954 for some pointers.

Editor's note: Save the Pine Bush was so effective in its lawsuits that the New York State Legislature created the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. But, you can see what SPB is up against with this heavy schedule of hearings.


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