Caz town zoning will encourage 'open space,' low-impact business

New town zoning laws could encourage "development that maintains open space" as the default approach, while following guidelines set by the joint comprehensive plan completed in 2008 and adopted by both the village and the town of Cazenovia.

Town Supervisor Elizabeth Moran presented proposed changes to zoning and subdivision regulations at a public hearing Aug. 26 at the Cazenovia Public Library.

As part of the proposed changes, the town will adopt "conservation subdivision" as its default approach. The approach, championed by "nationally-renowned planner" Randall Arendt, aims to protect natural, scenic, historic and cultural resources. The goal of the conservation subdivision method is 50-percent open space.

The new zoning will also revise the zoning map, providing more protection and consideration for the lake watershed. The proposed zoning changes will create opportunity for low-impact business and commercial use while allowing no new residential use in certain Town Rural B areas, Moran said. Districts designated Town Rural A will largely consist of residential uses with additional uses by permit.

The proposed changes can be found in full at the town Web site, townofcazenovia.org.

The town is accepting written comments until Sept. 9 via email at info@townofcazenovia.org or by mail at Town of Cazenovia, 7 Albany St., Cazenovia N.Y.

Letter from Town of Cazenovia Supervisor Elizabeth Moran on new zoning and subdivision changes

At the end of July, the Town of Cazenovia released its proposed changes to zoning and subdivision regulations for review and comment. Copies of the proposed changes are available at the New Woodstock and Village of Cazenovia Libraries, the Town Office (Gothic Cottage), 7 Albany St. and on line at townofcazenovia.org.

All residents are encouraged to review the proposed changes and offer their comments. Comments are welcome in writing, and may be submitted via email to info@townofcazenovia.org, by mail to 7 Albany St, or in person at the public hearing. The public hearing on the proposed changes will be held Wednesday evening, Aug. 26 at the Library Community Room, beginning at 7 pm. The comment period will remain open until September 9, 2009.

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