Notre Dame students present community with comprehensive plan

Also mapped out on Fennell Street was a civic square that would be host to a joint town and village hall building.

The comprehensive plan also approaches the issue of vehicles driving too fast as they enter the village by suggesting grassy boulevards be installed at the village's east and west entrances. The boulevards would split route 20 into two narrower one-way lanes, separated by a median, encouraging traffic to slow down. Griffin compared the effect to how cars entering a narrow tunnel tend to slow down instinctively.

The students concluded that in order to facilitate appropriate development, the town code must be updated - recommending the town implement a form-based code.

A form-based code illustrates the density of development officials would like for specific areas of the town, Griffin said.

Audience members discussed the possibilities of having separate codes for the village and town, but Mayor Bob Green saw this as an opportunity to reorganize.

"It sounds like an opportune time to do a comprehensive zoning plan instead of town and village, that this be looked at comprehensively throughout the town," Green said.

Alan Dolmatch, a committee member, was impressed with the students' work.

"It's far more work than our committee could've hoped for and it's of very high quality," he said, adding that it is now up to the committee and local officials to put it into real world context.

"Because obviously one can draw as well as one can possible futures, but getting there and getting the resources to make happen is an entirely different thing," he said.

Dove noted their success in grasping "what this community is all about." She felt the students had succeeded in mapping out the committee's concepts - "making them visual in a way we can all relate to," Dove said.

To learn more about the comprehensive plan, go to sites.google.com/site/ndskaneateles.

Ned Campbell is editor of the Eagle Observer.

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