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Jennifer Basic running for town council candidate

Letter to the editor

— To the editor:

I am writing to ask for your vote on Nov. 8, 2011 as a Cazenovia Town Council candidate.

As a Town Planning Board member for the past five years, I have had the opportunity to navigate through the Comprehensive Plan in action, learned first hand “in the field” and “on the ground” through site visits and through countless hours at work session meetings, reviewing my assigned files, and official Cazenovia Town Planning Board sessions how the Comprehensive Plan is working for our town residents.

I have learned about protecting the lake, about pervious and impervious surface calculations, conservation subdivision rules and requirements, density calculations, watched individuals and developers attempt to navigate through the process, some are successful, and some simply give up.

Through all of this, I believe our zoning can be improved to accommodate more flexibility and less cost to our town residents.

A perfect example is represented by a call I received in my office just yesterday. A client called up to ask if it was true that because she has a shed on her lot behind her house, that our current zoning does not allow her to relocate a 200-year-old barn from Pompey, that will otherwise be demolished, to her 34-acre lot in Cazenovia (which would be a second accessory building on her lot).

This caller was correct. In fact, this resident would need a Site Plan Review and a Use Variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals, two applications, (site plan and zoning variance) and two fees and two deposits, (totaling $1,030.00) to accomplish a seemingly common sense historic barn relocation to a 34-acre lot.

Unfortunately, our zoning only allows for one accessory building in addition to the primary residence; see Town of Cazenovia Local Law No.6 of 2009 §165-11.

While I sincerely believe that the Comprehensive Plan greatly benefits our community, there are areas where I would like to streamline the process and lessen the cost to our town residents to use and enjoy their property, while simultaneously honoring the spirit and intentions of the Comprehensive Plan.

I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 8. Thank you.

Jennifer M. Basic

Cazenovia

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