NG Advantage Loses Zoning Vote for Virtual Pipe Near Binghamton

MDN reported on a heated meeting several weeks ago near our home base. The Town of Fenton Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) met to hear arguments against a zoning decision that would allow a proposed virtual pipeline/compressor station from NG Advantage to be zoned as a trucking/freight facility (see NG Advantage Virtual Pipe Hearing in Fenton an Eye-Opener for MDN). We won’t rehash the entire history of this facility and its quest to get built (see our NG Advantage stories here). In brief, after a local court forced NG to reapply for a permit to build the plant, as part of the process NG sought to be recognized as a trucking/freight facility, which is an allowed use for the piece of real estate where they want to build the plant. Local residents, including a local school district which is adamantly opposed to the project, appeared before the ZBA several weeks ago to argue the facility is more than a simple truck/freight facility. It’s also a compressor station that does not conform to the existing ordinance. The ZBA voted Tuesday night and agreed with those opposing the project. In a close 3-2 vote, the ZBA said the facility does not qualify under current land use regulations. So what happens now? NG can do one of three things: (1) appeal the ZBA decision in court, (2) ask the Fenton Town Board to reclassify the land where they want to build–essentially override the local zoning ordinance, or (3) look someplace else. Which option will NG choose?…

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