Public meeting Wednesday night: The future is now
By Willie Kiernan
On Wednesday May 28, the public is invited to share their thoughts and concerns regarding the Comprehensive Plan with members of the village and town boards at 7 p.m. in the municipal building. It's their last chance.
"This final public hearing will be used by the town and village boards as we consider the environmental assessment of adopting the comprehensive plan," said Liz Moran, Cazenovia Town Supervisor.
The process has been years in the making and has been worked on by many community volunteers.
"The public hearing on May 28 is to comply with the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act," Moran said. "The comprehensive planning committees for the town and village convened a public hearing on March 18 to receive comments. The two boards have considered those comments and made changes where appropriate to the draft document. A final version has been prepared by EDR. Copies are available for review at the town and village offices and the Cazenovia Public Library."
A comprehensive plan is a written document that identifies the goals, objectives, principles, guidelines, policies, standards, and strategies for the growth and development of the community.
"I'm a taxpayer paying on over $6 million in assessments," said Dave Muraco of Empire Management. "I have an additional project before the planning board since 2006 of an additional $6 to 8 million with apartments, retail offices and restaurants. But with this Comprehensive Plan, it's restricting me so much that they know I can't do this project."
"It's important to look at the plan in its entirety," said Kurt Wheeler, Cazenovia Village Trustee. "Ninety percent of the attention is being focused on ten percent of the plan, but it is very broad and constructive in its overall approach. Many vital issues of community interest are addressed very proactively; from green space and ag-land preservation to lake watershed issues to conservation subdivision regulations and infrastructure improvement."