Funeral home defeated in Clay

— The Clay Town Board narrowly voted down a zone change along Buckley Road that would have allowed Farone and Son to build a funeral home.

The applicant had requested a zone change from R-10 One Family Residential District to NC-1 Neighborhood Commercial District on property located at 7353 Buckley Road. The property is owned by Red Barn Country LLC.

The zone change was first discussed at the board’s April 2 meeting. On that meeting and again April 16, it drew the ire of nearby residents, who expressed concerns about the potential for increased traffic on Buckley Road. Denise Murray of Waxwood Circle was one of at least half a dozen people to express concerns during a public hearing at the April 16 meeting about traffic.

“I kind of find it hard to believe that this will have minimal traffic impact,” Murray said. “It keeps adding up, little by little. We’re still concerned. It’s going to increase the traffic flow on our streets. Even though DOT says it’s okay, I beg to differ. It’s a valid concern.”

Concerns about traffic also swayed many members of the board, which voted 4 to 3 to deny the zone change.

Supervisor Damian Ulatowski, who voted with the majority, said he agreed with those residents that increased traffic volume would present a problem in the area.

“I voted in consideration of what county planning said,” Ulatowski said. “They said although there were no significant impediments to doing it, traffic was an issue. I looked at our planning board’s comments, and almost every one of them said that the site was inappropriately sized or there were significant traffic issues. I happen to believe the same thing. I have witnessed traffic backups as far as Briarledge, which is about 6/10 of a mile down from the intersection of Bear and Buckley.”

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