The Cazenovia Village Board meeting last Monday Aug. 7 offered a grand mix of opinions as well as a diversity of characters. From a battle with a developer, to a possible battle between the college and a neighbor, to a demand made from a business owner for an apology from one of the trustees the meeting was electric with opposing points of view and the rare attendance of a variety of citizens.
"That was something else," said Nancy Marland, proprietor of By the Lake Books, outside after the meeting. "I've never been to one of these, but I think I'm going to attend more often."
After some settling in, Mike Decker, of MTD Development and Attorney Paul Regan, presented their proposal for Northborough Ridge, a Michigan Road housing development. Amidst surrounding properties of zoned R-10 residences and commercial lots, they were asking for a zone change from the existing R-30 to a Planned Unit Development. They basically want to build 27 houses on 15 acres. The PUD will allow them to create different size lots and price ranges. They would still average an R-30 density for the entire development. The plan calls for 19 detached single dwellings and 8 attached townhouses. Included in the proposal are sidewalks and period street lamps for a traditional look and village ambience.
"These are all original, one-of-a-kind structures," said Decker. "My customer owns their blueprints."
The planning board had previously made recommendations that the development should be closer to 21 dwellings, that there was an existing sight problem on the turn of the road, that the proposed sidewalks should connect with the existing ones and that there should be more of a detailed traffic study.
"We perceive that there is a need for this type of housing in Cazenovia," said Trustee Paul Brooks. "We want to convince the board that there is a need."