MOREAU — The town may get a free economic development plan to help it take full advantage of the proposed Route 9 sewer project.
Marty Vanags, president of Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, presented the idea to the Moreau Town Board at Tuesday’s meeting.
The goal of the Saratoga County initiative is to capitalize upon existing assets and help each town get positioned for the next wave of development, he said.
The county funds the partnership, which means the plans are free to the town. They are being offered to every town under the slogan: “Building the future of Saratoga County town by town.”
It would take only three to four months to develop the plan, Vanags said.
He would connect Moreau officials with agencies “that are already set up to help this town,” like National Grid and USDA.
“Maybe you’ve worked with some of them in the past — I’m sure you have — but we make it more holistic,” he said.
In the end, he would be able to help market the town to developers, based on what town officials want to see on Route 9 and elsewhere in the town.
Developers call him looking for parcels that are “shovel ready,” with sewer, water, electricity, gas and road access.
“One of the things we do is identify those sites with development potential,” he said.
He sees great potential on Route 9.
“If you run a sewer line (on Route 9), there are several sites near that sewer line that could benefit dramatically,” he said. “When those sites are ready, that have all those things in place, those sites are the ones that are going to get developed.”
He emphasized that town officials and residents should decide, in advance, what development they want on Route 9.
“Do you want the town of Moreau to have large advanced manufacturing? Does it look like office space that you want? Maybe it’s retail,” he said. “We need your input. We need your desires, your needs.”
Board members said the village of South Glens Falls, which is within the town, should be included in the plan. Vanags agreed that would be “advantageous.”
“I think the more people you get involved, the more diverse the input is, the higher the quality” of the plan, he said.
Supervisor Todd Kusnierz liked the idea, particularly because of the Route 9 sewer project.
“I think it behooves us to have that plan in place,” he said.
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