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December 09, 2016
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Bethel passes cell tower law

Lawmaker Vicky Simpson said that the people at Bethel Woods want the weekend to be successful as it kicks off their summer season. She said, “We’ve worked well with them before, and we’re in talks with them now.”

Smallwood Golf Course
Also at the meeting, Sturm announced that Upstate Land Development, the company that had owned the old Smallwood Golf Course, had dropped any right to appeal the court case that upheld the town’s right to change the zoning on the property. It marked the end of a lengthy campaign waged by the group Preserve Smallwood Country Life (PSCL) to prevent the erection of 200 townhouses on the environmentally sensitive land.

Jonathan Hyman, director of PSCL, issued a statement saying, “While acknowledging that growth is necessary and inevitable, PSCL worked with the town board and other citizens groups to advance long overdue, updated zoning for Bethel that is sustainable, equitable and respectful of Smallwood and the town’s character and abundant natural resources. We are pleased with this result and with the news that the challenge to the zoning is over.”