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The Elma Town Board faced another request for rezoning at its work session Wednesday.

Carmen Todoro, Nicholas Capozzi, Mark Alianello and Chris Mueller asked the board to consider rezoning a 118-plus acre parcel on Rice Road owned by Bruce Weller from residential C to residential B to allow them to build a 29-home subdivision. The purchase of the property from Weller is contingent upon the rezoning.

Supervisor Michael Nolan told the group that "off the bat" he is against any rezoning of residential C land until he knows the impact on the school district, water district and infrastructure of the town.

The site is next to Elma Primary School. The town master plan calls for that area to remain residential C, denoting an agricultural district.

Water Superintendent Gene Stevenson said that as the town grows, the board would need to consider increased tank capacity, and town officials don't believe they can afford to do this.

Councilman William Cirocco questioned the need for more capacity if the town population hadn't grown.

Capozzi noted the town recently lifted a moratorium on town subdivisions and said he was told by one town official that it "shouldn't be a problem. We thought this was what Elma wanted. Large lot sizes."

The group proposes to erect its own homes on the parcel and then sell off the balance in five-, four- and two-acre lots. The subdivision, if approved, would be called Stoneridge Estates. The 29 houses would be a minimum of 3,000 square feet.

Councilman Dennis Powers said potential developers should not buy property that needs rezoning.

Planning Board Chairman Fred Streif urged the board to adhere to the master plan. He said there are seven potential developments on the table. Powers noted that many are for sites needing rezoning.

In other business, the board discussed hiring auctioneer John Tuck to sell the old town hall. Board members suggested the auction be held in the fall so the town doesn't have to pay utilities over the winter. Building Inspector Joseph Colern recommended the board hire an independent agency to test for asbestos.

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