By Willie Kiernan
In their regular monthly meeting, the Cazenovia Village Board voted on the resolution for the 2008 Comprehensive Plan.
"The vote went three in favor, one opposed," said Mayor Tom Dougherty.
Trustee Tom Tait was not present at the meeting.
"I have been in the hospital all week with my Dad," Tait said. "I missed the meeting because of this."
The controversial plan, which was two years in the making, paves the way for future development in the village of Cazenovia with guidelines regarding usage, size and character. In order to pass, the board had to put the Plan through the environmental quality review process.
"The SEQR Determination was a negative declaration," Dougherty said.
A negative declaration simply means that the Plan will have little or no negative impact on the environment.
Now the board has to start implementing recommendation of the plan by revising the current zoning code. There are many details that have yet to be addressed.
Detractors of the Plan suggested that it would stifle growth and cause taxes to increase. Others said it didn't address the need for senior housing. The Plan can be revisited and altered in the future, with probably less of a process.
"We need to find ways to increase our tax base and at the same time maintain our village character," Dougherty said. "It will take a precision balancing act but with our team of trustees and the community's support we can make it happen."