Bridgeport's vision of Route 31 takes shape

An ad hoc committee set up by Supervisor John M. Becker (R,C,I -- Sullivan) hosted a workshop to solicit public opinion last week. Those attending, people who live on or adjacent to the Route 31 corridor, overwhelmingly said they don't want to see Cicero sprawl come their way if a proposed sewer project in the area is implemented.

About 40 people attended.

Sewers or no, the visioning session was part of longer-term plan of the town of Sullivan to study the area and find some harmony between residential and commercial interests that will complement each other.

Sandra Governor, Christian Lawton and Keith Ewald of Barton & Loguidice Architects and Engineers gave an overview of the study and the purpose of the research being conducted to find aesthetically pleasing yet commercially friendly options for the area.

The trio brought with them a fairly extensive knowledge of the area. Ewald recently led the update of the village of Chittenango's comprehensive plan, and Lawton has been a fixture in the proposed Bridgeport Sewer District, among other projects, for several years.

Planning Board Chairman Frank Park, who facilitated the ad hoc group, explained that the town is not out to write new zoning laws for the area, but that could be a possibility depending on the results of the study.

Committee members, with the help of the Barton & Loguidice staff on hand, facilitated small group discussion and brainstorming. At the end of the brainstorming session, each group sent an individual to present its ideas to the rest of the crowd.

Overwhelmingly, those in attendance expressed a desire for building design standards, minimum lot sizes, walking/biking paths or trails, signage standards, a canoe/kayak launch onto Chittenango Creek, enforcement of existing zoning laws, business-specific zoning and sidewalks through Bridgeport.

One group threw out the idea of incorporating Bridgeport as a village to ensure any infrastructure installed, such as sidewalks and signs, would be maintained.

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