Vision Manlius' identifies residents' wishes

Residents in the village of Manlius turned out for the first inspection of the "Vision Manlius" comprehensive plan at Monday night's public hearing. The finished copy is now on display for final public input before it goes to the village board for approval.

"There have been times when we didn't see eye-to-eye," said chairperson and trustee Natalie Miner. "But I think we've worked well together to the finished product you have tonight."

The Vision Manlius team spent more than a year researching what town residents wanted in a plan. The project identified protecting the uniqueness and small-town feel of Manlius, room for economic growth, improving the "downtown area" and protecting natural resources in Manlius. The comprehensive plan lays out specific goals for each of these areas and plans for achieving those goals.

During the comment period, resident Les Ryan addressed the difficulty of implementing these plans if there's no support of village residents.

"The community has to be on board," he said. "This isn't going to happen without help. We have to participate."

Miner said she hopes that Vision Manlius will pass within the next two weeks and the village can move on to the all-important implementation stage. Miner sees this support, along with the support of the trustees, as a good sign for the future of the comprehensive plan.

Two major projects that will work hand-in-hand with the code will help address the plan's goals. According to Miner, the planning board is already re-drawing the zoning code to fit the new comprehensive plan.

The strategic economic development plan is also a companion to the new comprehensive code. This plan, according to Miner, is set to address issues surrounding business in the village area. In the comment period, residents addressed missing out on businesses that are now in places like Fayetteville and just outside of the village. The strategic economic development plan will be a way for the town to keep business in the village and create an attractive environment for new businesses.

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