Lysander postpones YMCA site plan application

The Lysander Planning Board has postponed consideration of the YMCA's site plan application for the Northwest Family YMCA while the YMCA pursues the appropriate steps to obtain a land use determination from the Empire State Development Corporation. Under the New Lysander General Project Plan, the document that defines land use in the Radisson Community, residential land use includes special uses such as community centers, churches and recreational facilities when approved by the Empire State Development Corporation.

The Empire State Development Corporation originally sent a letter to the Town of Lysander Planning Board in January 2008 stating the Northwest Family YMCA would be an allowable use of the land at the corner of Drakes Landing and Route 31. Last week's Supreme Court ruling vacated that letter and remanded the YMCA back to the ESDC to review and reissue the land use determination. The YMCA has been in contact with the ESDC to initiate the process. When the ESDC reissues its determination and, in doing so, satisfies the concerns expressed in the Supreme Court's ruling, the planning board's consideration of the application will restart.

"The postponement does not stop the project but rather allows the YMCA and area volunteers to concentrate efforts to obtain the land use determination through the process set forth by the Supreme Court," said Hal Welsh, executive director of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse. "We will continue our work to open the doors of the Northwest Family YMCA because we want to bring the YMCA's programs and services to the Northwest suburbs."

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