Cazenovia zoning slims down proposed college district

Village officials removed properties on the west side of Sullivan Street from the newly proposed college district and split the district into two distinct categories after receiving public input on the first draft of the zoning. Deputy Mayor Kurt Wheeler presented the proposed changes at a public hearing June 1.

The originally proposed district would allow for greater flexibility on its campus, while village officials simultaneously plan to disallow post-secondary educational uses in residential neighborhoods.

The second draft removes Sullivan Street properties from the college district, leaving it as a residential district. The new draft also delineates between two different college districts, a C-1 and C-2 district. C-1 covers the college's traditional academic quadrangle as well as Seminary Street properties. The C-2 district covers the old Stearns and Wheler complex on Albany Street as well as the college's athletic complex.

The C-1 district does not directly border any residential neighborhoods, but only streets and businesses in the B-1 district.

"This is of course the area where the college has the greatest interest in having flexibility and being able to do new and innovative things to make use of the space that they have," Deputy Mayor Kurt Wheeler said.

Properties in the C-2 district, however, do abut residential neighborhoods. These properties require greater sensitivity, Wheeler said. C-2 district properties would have more restrictions and would require a minimum 25-foot landscaped buffer between properties -- this buffer would vary based on the adjacent zoning district, with 25 feet as a constant minimum.

The maximum building height in the C-2 district would be 30 feet rather than the C-1 district's 35-foot maximum. These areas require greater sensitivity because of their proximity to neighborhoods, Wheeler said.

Some issues were deliberately left out of the second draft because they are still being considered and contemplated.

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