Responsible Vestal Zoning
Vestal Town Board
605 Vestal Parkway West
Vestal, NY 13850
Dear Supervisor Schaffer and Members of the Town Board,
On behalf of the Town of Vestal Residents, we strongly urge you to oppose rezoning and developing the land around and including 833 Bunn Hill Road. The developers, Landmark Properties based out of Athens, GA, are proposing rezoning this rural/residential area to Planned Development District to construct 161 homes with multiple parking spaces.
We, the undersigned, are opposed to this potential rezoning due to following reasons:
The plan is NOT in accordance with the Town’s draft Comprehensive Plan or current zoning. This rezoning sets a bad precedent for the overall town.
Student housing availability is currently at saturation and there is no foreseeable need for more students housing at this time.
There is no worthy public benefit to the majority of Vestal for this project. It will only benefit one landowner (to the detriment of many others) and an out-of-state developer.
The Town needs to honor “rural/residential zoning” so family homes are protected without the worry of arbitrary, incompatible development along-side homes. This usage will have negative impacts on the character of the neighborhood.
There is inadequate existing infrastructure (sewage, water, drainage, roads, etc.) and we believe that the increased maintenance of this infrastructure and costs of other community services (fire, police) will raise the tax rates for all Vestal residents.
There will be significant environmental impact (damage to the Bunn Hill Nature Area (Nuthatch Hollow) and increased erosion along the Bunn Hill Creek).
Many people purchased homes in Vestal with a confidence that residential zoning would offer us some protection to raise our families in areas zoned for single families. We have invested in our homes and have enjoyed the surrounding areas for their beauty and recreation.
We urge you to consider the long-term impacts of this proposed rezoning and hope that you oppose Landmark Properties application to rezone this land.
Thank you for your time and consideration.