Residents voice their opinions on 2008 Comprehensive Plan
By Willie Kiernan
Last Wednesday night, May 28, the village and town boards convened at the municipal building for a public hearing on the joint proposed and revised 2008 Comprehensive Plan.
"We're here to take public comment," said Liz Moran, Cazenovia Town Supervisor.
Mayor Tom Dougherty was nominated to mediate the public meeting.
"Developers shouldn't decide what's good for the community; people should," said Frank Galucci, community resident for 35 years.
Besides the two boards, there were other committees with volunteer citizens working on this plan for several months.
"I support this plan," said Deb Wester. "I think it's a smart plan."
More than 100 concerned community members attended the meeting that was not a dialogue but more of a chance for the community to be heard.
"Do not be afraid to pass this plan," said Peggy Van Arnum. "Is the plan perfect? Probably not. But it can be revised to be looser."
While creating more opportunities for development than there were before, the plan does not allow for overly large developments.
"People are tired of big-box development," Wester said.
The plan also negates any retail development on the south side of Route 20 East because of aquifer concerns as well as character issues.
"When WalMart was going to try and come in, the aquifer was on the north side of Route 20, now it's on the south side," said Ralph Stowell. "Does anyone know where the aquifer is?"
The aquifer was studied a year ago by an independent company. The location was determined to be on both sides of Route 20 with the bulk of it on the south.
"A study has been done," said Pat Race, town board member. "Nobody wanted to see that ball stop bouncing more than us."