The town of Elbridge is preparing for its first re-zoning in 15 years. Now is the time to express any opinions on what's been drafted.
"The goal is to get as much input as you possibly can," said Supervisor Ken Bush following a Nov. 17 town board meeting. "Make the ordinance and the map as responsive to peoples' concerns as possible."
David Rochman, of 5936 Sandbank Road, presented the board with a petition signed by him and about nine of his neighbors, who all reside between his property and Whiting Road. They were concerned about the drafted rezoning of the district, from agricultural to rural/residential - a change that would bridge the gap between agricultural and typical residential housing.
An agricultural district requires a minimum of three square-acres per property, whereas a rural/residential requires just two.
"The only reason we're doing it is to protect the rural nature of our community," Rochman told the Observer. "... The bigger the lots, the less development."
The rural landscape of the area is what attracted Rochman and his fianc e, Beth Miccio, to move to Elbridge from Camillus four years ago. The couple lives in an 1870s farmhouse that they are fixing up, and they'd like to one day have chickens on their property like their next door neighbors. Rochman said Beth would love to have a roadside egg stand - and maybe even a herd of Alpacas.
Bush responded to the petition by assuring Rochman that the drafted zoning and ordinance changes were not at all final.
"We need to hear from the people," Bush said. " It's your town, it's your street, it's your neighborhood."
Rochman confirmed the supervisor's positive outlook as accurate:
"That's why we moved here," he said.
Bush told the Observer that in addition to changes in the zoning map - which he said only affect about 10 percent of Elbridge residents - modifications have been made to the ordinance, or wording.