Critics of the project, and some Town Board members, have sought a return to in-person public meetings before the board acts on the plan. Rayhill, for her part, is frustrated by the three-minute limit for public speakers that does not apply to the developer’s representatives.
Once the Town Board closes the public hearing, it could vote on the project’s environmental effects and the requested rezoning as soon as its Aug. 17 meeting.
It’s not clear how the vote will go.
Whitney, Digati, Councilman Peter Marston and Councilwoman Jennifer Baney all said in recent interviews that they haven’t made up their minds and they want to hear more from the developer and residents. The fifth member of the all-Republican board, Councilman Michael Madigan, has not responded to messages seeking comment.
“I’m really trying to go down every rabbit hole to come up with facts, and we’ll make a factual decision,” Marston said.
The town’s Conservation Advisory Board has taken the strongest position yet against the project.
The board on July 23 voted 9-0 to say the project would have “obvious significant negative impacts” on air quality, noise levels, wildlife and the natural environment and doesn’t align with Grand Island’s comprehensive plan. The board also urged the Town Board to reject the rezoning request.