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Posted on August 5, 2019 at 8:35 AM by PattiAnn Schultz
For residents who haven’t been following the story line of the construction of the new County Max at the corner of Ridge and Hatch, you may be surprised to see the fallen trees and landscape dirt being moved around the last couple of weeks.
The history here is that Ridge Road is the commercial corridor of the Town of Webster, and this piece of land has been commercially zoned for over 30 years. Three gentlemen purchased the property in 2001, and have paid Town, School and County taxes on the land ever since.
An opportunity came along for them to sell the property to County Max, and to put a store on land that is zoned commercial in the Town of Webster. It went through the town process at the Planning Board level and received approval months ago. They also needed approval from New York State because of wet lands on the property. After recently meeting those New York State requirements, they were given permits to start construction.
Now the social media speculation has begun, and misinformation often takes over. To clarify, this project went through the proper process to get the required permits and necessary approvals. This land was never deemed as open space, or "forever wild," which is not a term that exists in our Town code.
At no time could the Town of Webster or the Town Board have stopped this construction from happening because it was properly zoned commercial, and the Town of Webster never owned the property.
The land had a Ron Seitz for-sale sign on it for at least ten years and no one wanted to purchase the land to preserve it or to pay the taxes on the land. The gentlemen who owned it for years sold it to County Max, who contacted them to build one of their new prototype buildings here in Webster.
The Town is always looking to preserve more open space for our residents. However, this parcel was in a commercial area, and not very conducive to a park or trails.
So that’s the story. There were no back room deals, and the process took place right in front of the Planning Board. All Planning and Zoning Board meetings are shown on Cable channel 1303 and streamed on the Town's website every Tuesday night for residents to watch. The process was transparent and open to anyone who had questions or concerns. Many neighbors did attend these meetings to voice their opinions and questions to the Planning Board and the developer.
If you ever have a question about what is happening around town or what is taking place with a certain piece of property, the best way to find the accurate answer is to contact town hall or my office. Additionally, the Planning and Zoning Board meeting agendas are always posted on the Town's website, along with our Facebook and Twitter pages. The Town of Webster is transparent, we follow the law, we follow the Webster Town Code, and always strive to bring the best possible projects to Webster.
As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald W. Nesbitt