Caz planners seek village edge
What character does the community want on Route 20 corridor?
By Willie Kiernan
On Wednesday Nov. 8, the Cazenovia Town Board called a meeting to address community preference for the comprehensive plan, particularly for the Route 20 corridor. Supervisor Liz Moran thanked the more than 50 interested parties who attended the impromptu gathering at the library community room.
"One of our problems is that we're not recycling our funds within our community," said Moran. "I admit, I'm guilty of shopping at Wegmans."
Land use zoning first began in Cazenovia in 1964. Before that, there was no codification regarding land usage within the town's borders. The Route 20 corridor, which extends east from the village boundary to the Nelson line, was at first zoned for commercial use and then changed in 1973 to RA, or residential use. There is, at this time, no available town property zoned for commercial use.
Wishing not to re-invent the wheel, citing some previous studies done in the area, Moran introduced Doug Brackett and Jane Rice from Environmental Design and Research, the comprehensive planners decided upon by the village as well as the town.
"We are committed to see this through," Moran said.
EDR, landscape architects and environmentalist planners, outlined their agenda, which included a nine-page survey questionnaire for participants to fill out. At issue were the community character, economic development, land use and farmland protection and pedestrian/vehicular connectivity.
"I personally feel as a resident that this part of Route 20 is very significant," Brackett said.
Maps were displayed of the area in question showing parcels of land along the corridor. Undeveloped land parcels were then shown as housing developments. A conservative rendition, purely an arbitrary presentation based on capacity study, showed a potential for 150 single-dwelling, well-drilling homes. Another 80 houses were projected in neighboring Nelson, all along the same corridor.