Petition Circulated To Stop Rezoning In LeRayPosted: Updated:
Jim Blankman is on a mission. Along with nearby residents in the town of LeRay, he's gathering signatures for a petition to stop the town from rezoning a section of Route 3.
Currently, a section of the town is an R-1 district, meaning single-family homes.
Town officials propose changing it to R-2, which will allow small businesses and multi-family homes to be developed.
"We think it will increase traffic, which will probably increase accidents and therefore will increase sirens in the area," said Blankman.
Blankman says residents are also worried about rental properties causing houses to lose value.
Town Supervisor Ronald Taylor says the reasoning behind the rezoning proposal isn't necessarily about bringing in rental units.
"I'm not especially hoping that that would happen. I'd rather see single-family homes. It's more for small businesses," said Taylor.
Taylor says there's interest in opening up new businesses along Route 3.
"We just thought it would be more accommodating for small businesses in the area in we changed it to an R-2," he said.
But Blankman says the area has a history of failing businesses.
"In the past there have only been a half a dozen businesses on the Route 3 corridor and not only have they failed once, but they failed multiple times. So, that we don't see as a good reason to have small businesses allowed into the area," he said.
There will be a public hearing on the rezoning proposal this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the town offices.
Town officials are expected to vote at a later time.