Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Zoning, Campaign Donations...Laws Changed for Developers

So back on April 22nd they were having some discussion over in Schenectady over zoning. Apparently the community had protested when a developer had tried to get property rezoned so he could build 64 condo units. That was two years ago. And the city agreed that zoning law didn't allow for the condos (single family homes were required by zoning). So two years and several campaign donations to the Mayor later and the developer reapplies for 46 townhouse units saying he can't find anyone who wants a single family home AND thus he can't make enough money. And the city changed their mind and granted the request.

So the message is clear. If you are a real estate developer and want to rewrite the zoning laws so that you can make more money, make sure to donate early and often to your local elected officials. If you are a member of the community, all you can do is either try to out donate the developer (good luck) or get a lawyer and sue the city.