Caz committee to review Comprehensive Plan, zoning of Village Edge South

— In hopes of expanding Cazenovia’s tax base, a committee to reevaluate the Comprehensive Plan and examine what areas in the village may benefit from development, was established at the March 5 village board meeting.

The newly-formed committee will be tasked with inspecting the portion of the Comprehensive Plan which deals with zoning on Village Edge South, while maintaining the community’s aesthetic character and creating opportunities for economic development. Once the group presents their findings and suggestions, the board will then decide whether or not to move forward with alterations.

“My personal opinion is that 95 percent of the Comprehensive Plan has been a homerun. I think in terms of the lake, trees, planning ahead for infrastructure and so many of the things that were called for, we’re doing a tremendous job with,” Mayor Kurt Wheeler said. “I feel like the balance we struck with Village Edge South is the 3 to 5 percent that I’m not 100 percent sold on … I think that looking at this is the best thing for the community, and that is the only reason I am bringing it forward. I think it’s a win-win.”

Eight residents were assigned to the committee, of which Wheeler will serve as the chairman. Members include William Hall of the Village Planning Board, Phil Byrnes of the Village Zoning Board of Appeals, Ted Bartlett of the Historic Preservation Committee, Karen Eldridge of the Historic Cazenovia Business District, Bill Zupan on the Cazenovia Town Board, Don Ferlow of the Cazenovia Area Conservation Commission and one member from the village’s Economic Development Committee, who is yet to be determined.

Trustee Peggy Van Arnam was absent at the meeting, but the four present board members, as well as members of the audience, shared mixed feelings about the necessity of reworking parts of the plan.

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