Caz: Hastie goes postal

Hastie goes postal

By Wilie Kiernan

The Hastie family has been dealing with the Cazenovia Town Planning Board regarding a Syosset Drive subdivision application, and James Hastie wants everyone to know about it. To that end, he sent out 19 FedExs in the amount close to $500 to further plea his case.

"It shouldn't be this difficult," said Hastie.

Mike Palmer, Chairman of the planning board contends that Hastie is still in the initial stages of the application and must continue with the process.

"Mr. Hastie is still at the informal stage," said Palmer. "He has yet to get to the public hearing stage."

Hastie has indicated that the issue is about whether the subdivision can hold three or four lots. He says he has the square-footage to facilitate his parents' wishes but that the town has been unduly argumentative.

"I truly believe this all goes back to the very first meeting four years ago when Palmer told me to tell my mother her land was too crowded for four houses, and she should build three, even though we met all R40 requirements at that time," Hastie wrote in an e-mail. "The fattening of the cul-de-sac, and all the other concerns they have, and changes they have asked for, in my opinion, are simply smoke and mirrors, covering up Palmer's control issues."

The Hasties want the four lots so that they can leave them to four of their children.

"The planning board is responsible for the subdivision process in the town of Cazenovia," Palmer said. "We have to make sure that the subdivision meets local regulations and storm water regulations."

In a letter to planning board, James Hastie wrote, "Regarding my Mother's 2 0 0 4 four-lot minor subdivision application, and the attached letters, which I hope you will all please take a moment to read; I am the first to admit that this is all new to me, and I am not the brightest bulb in the chandelier; however it appears The Town of Cazenovia's Planning Board is asking for changes that have long ago already been made, or discussed."

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