Upstate N.Y. Planning Board Remains Neutral in Decision About Self-Storage Facility

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The planning board in Fulton County, N.Y., is staying neutral about a variance for a proposed self-storage facility just west of the city of Gloversville in the adjacent city of Johnstown.

The board conducted a law review of a variance request by developer Dean Fisher, who wants to build a storage operation on the south side of Route 29A.

County Senior Planner Sean Geraghty told the source Fisher already owns the property where he wants to develop the self-storage business on his property, which is zoned as an R-2 residential district.

"[Self-storage facilities] don't generate a whole lot of traffic," board Vice Chairman John Blackmon said, adding that no extra utilities are needed.

Even though the board saw no regional benefit from the project, the board decided to stay out of the issue and sent a neutral ruling to the town's Zoning Board of Appeals, which will make the final decision on the variance.

The Gloversville-Johnstown area is about 50 miles northwest of Albany.

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