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Caz: The people have spoken

The people have spoken

Developer feels slighted, plans his own environmental study

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

Two weeks ago, on March 18, the village and town of Cazenovia, along with Environmental Design Research, unveiled the long awaited Comprehensive Plan at a public hearing attended by more than 100 interested citizens.

"I have enjoyed working with the Cazenovia community and respect their commitment and dedication to community planning," said Jane Rice of EDR.

It was the culmination of an exhaustive process that included volunteers for various committees to mold a strategy for the common good.

The Public Draft of the plan was the product of countless hours by dozens of people across the village and town who have no vested interest other than a love for the community," said Village Trustee Kurt Wheeler. "Those same people are now investing more time and effort to refine and improve the plan based on the public input received on the Public Draft.

"I am excited about the product that has emanated from many months of hard work by the various comprehensive plan committees," said Village Trustee Russ Brownback. "The very essence of a planning process like the one we've just been through is to identify the interests of a majority of community residents and then create solutions which attempt to carry out those interests."

However, the majority of community residents do not include everyone. There were a few in disagreement with the plan. Town and Country Plaza owner Dave Muraco had recently bought property across the way on the south side of Route 20 with intentions to develop. Though the Comprehensive Plan allows for more developing on that property than before, it's not quite what Muraco had in mind.

"I've got a personal gripe," Muraco said. "I'm being brushed under the rug and so are the Lucases."

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