Caz planners seek village edge

"This is an extremely modest estimate of what could happen if nothing changes," Rice said. "The current zoning regulations are not going to help you with what you want."

Annexations of two properties north and south of Route 20 just outside the village were not discussed due to the pending hearings. Rice made it clear, citing the suburban sprawl that has occurred elsewhere, that it is preferable to retain an edge of the village, a feeling that this is the town and that is the village. Also preferable, for tax reasons, is commercial property.

EDR proposed that property could be zoned along the corridor for both residential and commercial use, but all with a distinct community character. Comments were being accepted for preferred viewsheds, commercial needs, residential character and open spaces.

Cazenovia Village Trustee Paul Brooks commented on the fact that Kurt Wheeler, who was the village's greatest proponent of the comprehensive plan, would be missed at this crucial time.

"The village is behind this process 100 percent," Brooks said.

One problem with the commercialization of the corridor is water. The reason for developers annexing into the village is that they will be able to access village water and sewer, leaving town property owners digging their own wells. Most of the corridor sits above the aquifer, which is an underground lake supplying the area with water. A multitude of drillings, septic systems and general construction could be damaging in the long run.

Though other studies were made through the years, none have been acted upon. EDR has accepted the challenge to try to make sense of the complex situation to formulate a road map to get Cazenovia to how it wants to look and where it wants to be. Fortunately, they say, unlike in other places, it is not too late.

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