Maintaining Cold Springs density

The town of Lysander held the first session of a public hearing Jan. 18 regarding code revisions to the existing Lysander comprehensive land use plan. The hearing also included information about the transfer of development rights program.

The ultimate goal of the plan is to preserve agriculturally viable farmlands and prevent sprawl development on the Cold Springs peninsula. Brian Madigan, an engineer and member of the ad hoc committee developing the TDR program, presented a Power Point presentation regarding program details.

"We're trying to concentrate development in the most appropriate locations," Madigan said, referring to areas with existing or planned infrastructure. "We're trying to steer away from active farmland and ultimately preserve farmland for future generations."

He also added that a goal of the program is to maintain current density in the Cold Springs peninsula.

According to the existing comprehensive land use plan, the current build-out estimate for the peninsula (amount of housing units allowed with current AR-40 zoning) is 4,675 units. This estimate is subject to change, however, as developers purchase land on the peninsula and request zone changes to fit more units per acre. With the TDR program, however, the developer purchases development rights (from viable farmland) to place more units in a pre-approved area, preserving farmland and maintaining the original build-out density of AR-40 with 4,545 units.

The hearing was recessed until 8 p.m. Feb. 8. At that time, the public is invited to obtain more information about the project and to ask questions or give comments.

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