Morgan Frisch/Recorder staff Montgomery County Senior Planner and GIS Specialist Amanda Bearcroft points to a site plan for an Aldi expansion project Thursday during the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting.

By MORGAN FRISCH

Recorder News Staff

FONDA — The Montgomery County Planning Board approved a referral from the town of Amsterdam Thursday for an expansion project at the Aldi on Route 30.

The site plan referral will now be sent back to the town for final approval.

APD Engineering & Architecture sent the town planning board a letter stating they would like to remodel the existing Aldi located on 4888 Route 30, on the west side of Perth Road and one block north of the intersection of Perthand Golf Course Road. The remodel would include a building expansion of 3,366 square feet and the associated modifications to the parking layout, minor grading and storm sewer. It will add four additional parking spaces.

Amanda Bearcroft, a senior planner and GIS specialist with Montgomery County, answered questions brought up by board members. She said by looking at the plans, it’s going to be similar to the Johnstown Aldi’s layout.

Board member David Wiener said the project looks pretty simple.

“It’s in the business area. The side of the building that’s getting pushed towards the street has more than adequate setback,” he said.

Board member Robert DiCaprio asked about storm water management and additional water flow from the roof.

Bearcroft referenced the paperwork, which states the grading structures will be inspected and repaired as needed.

Wiener said he didn’t think it would be a problem.

Bearcroft said now that the county has approved the referral, the town will be responsible for completing the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) process and voting on the project.

She said Aldi most likely has a construction timeline, and it’s possible they will begin as soon as they receive all needed approvals.

“It’s good for the county,” Bearcroft said. “It shows they have the consumer impact and need to expand.”