Multi-family housing growth sparks debate in Saratoga Springs

Posted at 7:02 PM, Oct 22, 2013

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Voters in Saratoga Springs will get the final say in a controversial debate over growth when it’s put to a vote next month.

Proposition six would limit the number of apartments and townhouses to 27 percent of all dwellingS in the city.

The debate surfaced when the City Council decided to zone a 12-acre parcel for townhouses despite opposition from residents. Many homeowners have since started an organization called Neighbors Against Density Abuse and collected more than 3,500 signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

Troy Jenkins is a supporter of the organization. He said the group isn’t against multi-family housing but wants the city to adopt a stance on responsible growth.

The mayor and city council members were unavailable for comment on the issue Tuesday.