It depends on who you ask, although no one on the Planning Board voted on the controversial Gullace project.

VICTOR — Silence spoke volumes when town Planning Board members were called last Tuesday night to vote on one of Victor’s most controversial residential developments.

What happened and what does it mean? It depends who you ask.

After four years of intensive negotiations, heated debates, design reboots, environmental and traffic studies, and resident pushback, a seven-page resolution that would have green-lighted the 78-mixed-unit Gullace project at 995 County Road 9 never made it past the first motion.

When Planning Board Chairman Ernie Santoro called for a second to Vice Chairman Joe Logan’s first motion — which would have launched discussion and ultimately a yea or nay vote — colleagues to his left and right were silent.

He called several more times as residents, developers and town officials watched.

More silence.

Town Councilman and Planning Board Liaison Mike Guinan said he was as shocked as anyone.

“I’ve never seen that, I never expected it,” he said. “It really was strange. There was one motion from Joe and nobody seconded. Everybody just sat there and looked. I would have thought that they would have seconded it then they could have voted on it. You could tell Ernie was surprised.”

Guinan called the non-vote “upsetting.”

“I don’t think it’s fair to all the parties,” he said. “I think the (developers) deserved a vote to know where it stood. It’s cost a lot of people a whole lot of money for four years of back and forth. They’ve been over it many, many times and I think legally all the concessions have been made. They left it just wide open.”

Victor resident Ruth Nellis, whose home is adjacent to the proposed project, said she thought the issue was “handled very professionally by the Planning Board.”

“The resolution came out shortly before the meeting and it was on the website ahead of time,” she said.

Emails were sent out to anybody who’d signed up for notification, she said.

On Tuesday, lawn signs appeared up and down Church Street/County Road 9 urging residents to attend the Planning Board meeting — and they did, in droves.

“I give many thanks to the residents who have written letters, signed petitions and it’s been a team effort,” said Nellis. “I feel that maybe this will lead to a healthy solution. There’s always pros and cons, but this gives both the town and the village time to think further about this rather complicated proposal that to many people does not fit this single-family area.”

Many residents “feel it would be nice to have that property donated to Harlan Fisher Park,” she said.

“We’re hoping this will give us time to iron out all this and maybe find a new plan that works,” said Nellis, adding that she didn’t want to hear the sound of construction over the next 10 years.

When the vote was tabled Tuesday night, residents jumped to their feet, applauding and cheering before picking up their signs and leaving, Guinan said.

The lengthy draft resolution, which Santoro read aloud, detailed the history of the proposed development, Lynaugh Road Properties LLC, including five site-plan revisions, two negative SEQRA declarations, multiple traffic and environmental studies, two public hearings lasting a combined nine months, and reviews by the village of Victor and the Ontario County Planning Board.

The document, which cited additional findings by the Planning Board, 16 conditions of site-plan approval and three ongoing conditions, was prepared by the town’s planner, Labella Associates, in conjunction with town staff and the town’s attorney, according to Code Enforcement Officer Al Benedict.

Supervisor Jack Marren said a board chair does have the option of casting a second motion to facilitate a vote, but it’s not a situation that’s common.

Santoro said a staff meeting with a town attorney is scheduled Monday “to be able to move this forward.”

“I read a seven-page document only to have that happen,” said Santoro, adding that he has “a number of questions.”

Whatever the outcome, a preliminary/final site plan decision needs to be made on Lynaugh Road Properties LLC, and it needs to be off the Planning Board’s table, Santoro said.

He expects the resolution to be presented again at the next meeting Sept. 25.

“It was just held over,” he said.

That draft document is no longer easily found on the town’s website, but can still be reviewed at

Current Planning Board members are Chairman Ernie Santoro, Vice Chairman Joe Logan, Richard Seiter, Al Gallina and Heather Zollo, with Councilman Mike Guinan serving as a Town Board liaison.

As it stands

The most recent Lynaugh Road Properties LLC site plan includes 62 for-sale condominium townhouses in 2-, 3- and 4-unit blocks (in the town of Victor), and 16 single-family homes (in the village of Victor). It would be completed in four phases. The proposed project is flanked by Lynaugh Road and Church Street/County Road 9, north of Route 96.

A look back at the headlines

More than 100 speak out against Gullace development — Published 6/29/2016 —  More than 100 residents sound off in opposition to a proposed development that includes 69 ranch-style townhomes in Victor.

Village of Victor gains 2.2 acres in Gullace project saga — Published 6/11/2016 — Town and village approve annexation, the next step in proposed Gullace development.

Victor residents oppose development, stall annexation — Published 4/26/2016 — A joint public hearing on the proposed annexation of town property into the village of Victor devolved into a rehashing of the merits of the residential project that prompted the hearing to begin with.

Public hearing will address proposed annexation of Victor town property into the village — Published 3/30/2016 — A joint public hearing is planned so residents can weigh in on a proposed annexation of town property into the village of Victor.

Victor Planning Board split on Gullace project’s impact — Published 6/16/2015 — Victor Planning Board will have to take another vote to decide if Gullace project will have an adverse affect on traffic, the environment and the neighborhood.

Victor Planning Board mulls impact of Gullace project — Published 5/18/2015 — Town Planning Board members were clearly taking no chances on Tuesday, May 12, as they tediously combed through every word and phrase of an Environmental Assessment Form, Part 2.

Victor’s fertile ground: The cost of development — Published 2/7/2016 — A 71-townhome, 17-single-family-patio-home project between County Road 9 and Lynaugh Road has been proposed.

Victor developers: Gullace project “won’t worsen traffic” on Route 96 — Published 4/22/2015 — Developers of a proposed 21.6-acre residential development in Victor appeared before town and village planning board members to say “we’ve heard your concerns, we’ve adjusted our plans, and the project won’t worsen traffic on Route 96."

Alternative plans arise for Victor project — Published 12/14/2014 — Developers of a proposed 21.6-acre development that sprawls across village and town lines will pitch two alternative concepts for the village portion of the project to village officials this week.

Victor planning boards, residents warm to Gullace development project — Published 9/24/2014 — A retooled sketch plan for a proposed 21.1-acre development between Church Street and Lynaugh Road, less than a mile north of Route 96, was presented for the second time to the town and village planning boards Tuesday night.

Two public hearings set in town and village of Victor for controversial Gullace development — Published 6/4/2014 — Two hearings for two parts of one development are scheduled on consecutive nights at Town Hall and Village Hall in Victor.

Joint planning board meeting addressed Gullace subdivision proposal in Victor — Published 5/31/2014 — The Victor town and village planning boards Tuesday gathered jointly to hear Chris and Dante Gullace’s proposal for a subdivision development plan that would build 100 “empty nester” apartments and 15 single-family dwellings.

Mixed-use project unveiled in Victor — Published 6/27/2013 — A housing project that would develop one of the last open pieces of real estate in the village — and an adjoining parcel in the town — is on the books.