Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Owner Floats Concept of No Mining and Building Fewer Than a Dozen Homes in Canton, Mostly Near Route 44
By John Fitts
While there is no formal application or final plan at this point, Allan Borghesi of Satan’s Kingdom, LLC and Borghesi Building and Engineering on Wednesday floated the idea of building fewer than a dozen homes on the Canton portion of his Route 44 property, mostly near the road, scrapping plans to take down the ridge and conserving a portion of the land.
Borghesi mentioned the concept, complete with a drawing, at the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night. It came during a commission discussion that it possible pursue an application to change zoning on the some Route 44 properties from R-2 residential (one to one-and-a-half-acre lots) to R-4 residential (4 to 6 acres). Included in the concept were 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike, owned by Satan’s Kingdom LLC.
Over the summer, the company was successful in getting 18.47 acres of land in New Hartford changed from residential to industrial. It then sought such a change to for 30 of its 39 acres of abutting land in Canton, an idea met with fierce resistance from hundreds of residents. While some supported it, the commission received some 200 letters and hundreds turned out at a public hearing to oppose the idea of an industrial park and plans to regrade the ridge. Borghesi susequently withdrew the application.
On Wednesday, commissioners talked about the public’s sentiments and continued a discussion from an earlier meeting to possibly file a commission application, and schedule a hearing on the R-2 to R-4 change concept.
Jonathan Thiesse said one aspect that came forward during the hearing was the geological features and natural resources found on the site.
Lans Perry also noted the public sentiment.
“I think we ought to listen to the people and let them state their piece,” he said.
The commission also discussed the idea of a “cluster,” or open space development, which would provide a greater density but preserve more land, an option, but not requirement for developers. A couple of commissioners briefly spoke on whether the R4 zone would encourage or discourage that or whether some type of custom zone would be more appropriate.
Borghesi, however, came forward and said he felt a cluster development wouldn’t work with the lack of utilities. He also said he had come up with a flexible concept. He said R-4 zoning would interfere with the idea, which he said was to develop a private road with approximately 8 lots on the front of the property, a separate home and driveway on a 14.7-acre lot on the ridge and open space in the rear.
Donating the open space would allow him to get a tax write-off and help cover his investment, Borghesi said. A change to R-4 would upset that balance of this idea, Borghesi said.
“I think this is something that could be a reasonable compromise,” Borghesi said, saying that with some commission input he could perhaps hire someone to start formalizing the idea.
Commissions were open to discussion but told Borghesi it would have to be at a future meeting since informal discussions require an application and agenda placement.
Borghesi has told Canton Compass he still plans to move forward with Industrial Development in New Hartford.
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