A desire to develop

The town of Clay is getting help in studying how local traffic would be impacted by the development of Three Rivers Point, an area at the northwestern corner of the town where the Seneca, Oneida and Oswego rivers meet.

Planners received public feedback during a meeting Nov. 17 at Town Hall.

Federal funds are being used for the study being conducted through the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council.

The organization is also looking at the traffic impact between the intersections of county Route 57 and 57-A and county Route 57 and state Route 31 as a secondary focus of the study.

"The reason that we asked SMTC to come in and do the study is we wanted to know what the traffic impacts are if we have 400 residential units, if we have 1,000 residential units, if we have an entertainment center," said town Councilor Bruce Johnson. "What will a marina draw? What are the impacts on the town road system for these different alternatives?"

Aaron McKeon, SMTP's transportation planner, explained that his organization works with the layers of government and brings everybody to the table to sort out priorities.

But they don't do it without the public's input.

The meeting was split into two groups that took a look at two different concepts of what a possible Three Rivers Point development might look like.

One is a plan for mixed-use development that includes residential areas as well space for possible shops and restaurants. The other includes those possibilities as well as an entertainment center, or destination point, in its design.

Residential areas in the designs were made up of diverse housing, including building lots of 7,500 and 10,000 square feet, and townhouses.

Both Johnson and planners emphasized these design concepts were generic in nature.

"I can guarantee you that whatever eventually happens will not resemble this because it will depend upon the developers that come in at that time," Johnson said.

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