Introduction to the first billing record:
The Town's relationship to Newman Development Group apparently began in December 2004, when representatives of Ferrera/Jerum, acting on behalf of Newman Development Group, met with the Town to express their interest in developing a Big Box retail plaza at the intersection of Route 20A and Volunteer Road in the Town of Geneseo. As these billing records indicate, subsequent to that meeting representatives of the Town reviewed the zoning regulations for the Gateway District. Apparently concluding that those regulations, which limit retail buildings to 35,000 square feet and retail plazas to 80,000 square feet, would not permit Newman's proposal for well over 200,000 square feet of new retail development, including a 170,000 square foot Lowe's, the Town decided to pursue new, far more permissive zoning for the Gateway. This represents the genesis of the Planned Development District (PDD) Law that was ultimately passed by the Town and under which Newman's proposal is presently being reviewed.