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A view of Milton Ave (Route 50) in the Village of Ballston Spa

For the first time since 2005, the Town of Milton is revisiting its plan for the Route 50 business district with a new project called the NYS Route 50 Corridor Enhancement Study.  They are seeking input from everybody who travels along busy Route 50 through the town, both residents and visitors alike, in hopes of improving intersections, providing “complete streets” and evaluating land uses in this very important commerce corridor.

Towns periodically review their planning and consider whether the local zoning laws are accurately reflecting the needs of property owners and businesses, and also whether they take into account the concerns of residents of the community and the vision of its elected leaders. The current effort is intended to update the earlier plan, considering trends and impacts on multiple modes of transportation including vehicles, transit, pedestrians and bicyclists.  The study area extends from the Village of Ballston Spa to the border with the City of Saratoga Springs.

“I encourage our residents as well as those who travel, shop and dine along the corridor to take part in this very important project,” says Milton Town Supervisor Benny Zlotnick.  “Your input will help us determine the design and use of the corridor for many years to come.”

MJ Engineering and Land Surveying is helping with the project.  They have a website (www.MiltonRoute50.com) and a Community Survey.  Information is also available at www.townofmiltonny.org) if people want to go through the Town.  The survey will be open until October 2nd and the website will provide updates as the project moves along.  Business cards with a QR code will be available at businesses along the corridor shortly.  Advisory Committee members include Supervisor Zlotnick, Building Inspector William Lewis, Zoning Board member JD Wood, and community member and local businessman Kevin Harkins.

The Town hopes that people will spread the word and participate in the survey.  “We are looking for participation from everybody who uses Route 50 through the Town of Milton,” says Supervisor Zlotnick.  “Any help you are able to provide in getting this out to the public will be greatly appreciated.”  Interested parties can also stay connected by signing up for the online email list on the project website.

Business needs are constantly changing in the modern era, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Community leaders are wise to review and assess how town government can best support residents and businesses, while creating fair and reasonable rules for all.   The Town of Milton is a wonderful place to live and work, and it will be exciting to see what develops from this project.

-Pete Bardunias, Senior Vice President, Community Advancement, Capital Region Chamber

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