We actually designed such a zone back in 1997, but the town board never approved it. It would have replaced the existing “highway strip” zoning with three new zones including a “hamlet” district at Ohioville, a mixed use “gateway” district adjacent to the thruway, and a “main street” district around Ames Plaza with a complete set of design standards. If it had been approved the new Stop and Shop would have been built close to the street with sidewalks and storefronts to resemble downtown Main Street, the Crossroad project would have been designed as a downtown neighborhood and the Ohioville hamlet might develop along the lines you suggest, although I don’t think the design district called for quite the density you have in mind. Saratoga Associates worked on the zoning but the design standards came mostly from Randall Arendt.
Wow, this is fantastic information, David. Thanks. What you all worked on back in ’97 sounds exactly like what I always thought those areas should be like, and what the Transportation and Land Use Study recommends. If the lion’s share of the work has already ben done, why don’t we re-introduce it? We could have the Town Planner look over it, tweak it where it may need to be updated and get it passed into law.
It’s a shame the Town Board didn’t have the zoning in place for the re-development of the Ames Plaza. That was such a missed opportunity.
I do have it and will make a copy for you. One of the key issues that sparked controversy was whether we could attract stores to service our current needs and the needs of any new residents in the district while keeping out stores that were looking to attract a regional market. Give me a few days to make a copy and stop by The Bakery.