COLONIE: The Town of Colonie is currently working on its Town
of Colonie Comprehensive Plan. Now is the time for people concerned
about protection of the Pine Bush to speak up.
According to the Town’s website, “A comprehensive plan
is a document that, according to New York State Law, ‘identifies
the goals, objectives, principles, guidelines, policies, standards,
devices and instruments for the immediate and long range protection,
enhancement, growth and development of a municipality.’ In
short the Comprehensive Plan is a map of what the Town of Colonie
will look like in the year 2020.”
About one third of the Pine Bush ecosystem is located in
the Town of Colonie. Some of this land is in the Preserve,
parcels remain unprotected. Some of these parcels have been
proposed for development.
Now is the time to let the planning officials in the Town
of Colonie know how you feel about protection of the Pine Bush.
Save the Pine
Bush’s position is that all of the remaining continuous
Pine Bush ecosystem in the Town of Colonie should be acquired
as forever wild. The Town of Colonie, has an obligation to protect
this beautiful and unique ecosystem. Not only will protecting
the Pine Bush allow future generations to enjoy and learn from
unusual place, but having a large preserve in its borders enhances
the attractiveness of the Town to economic development. People
want to live near nature preserves. Making the Town a more attractive
place to live attacks economic development.
Protection of the Pine Bush is good for the Pine Bush, good
for the citizens of the Town, and good for economics.
How can you help? There are two ways: Write a letter or email
to the Town asking for preservation of the Pine Bush. Address
comments to: Comprehensive Plan, Memorial Town Hall, 534 Loudon
Road, Newtonville, New York 12128. Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend a hearing on the Comprehensive Plan. The Town has
held three hearings so far including one on Open Space and
Recreation. Some of the meetings only have a couple of dozen
people in attendance, which allows time for discussion of ideas.
consider attending one of the remaining meetings, and speak
about how important the Pine Bush is to you. The dates are:
Development Patterns—Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7-9
Economic Development—Monday, Oct. 25, 7-9 pm
Traffic & Transportation—Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7-9 pm
Youth Issues Meeting—Monday, Nov. 22, 7-9 pm
All of the meetings are held at the Meeting House at the Crossings
The Pine Bush is an issue in Development Patterns (we want
no development there), in Economic Development (there are
many economic benefits
to preservation of open space), and Youth Issues (the Pine
Bush is a great place to learn about nature).
Please consider attending a hearing. The officials at the
hearings seem to really want public participation and listen
of the public who attend. Also, they serve great cookies
(this is the first time I ever attended a public hearing
were served. -ed).