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Caz Village Trustees further examine South Meadows development

Dennis Gregg, right, of Gregg Development Corporation, presents his site plan to the Cazenovia VIllage Board during the Sept. 4 meeting in the Municipal Building. Gregg is looking to have the zoning of about 48 acres of undeveloped land changed from R-30 to R-6.

Dennis Gregg, right, of Gregg Development Corporation, presents his site plan to the Cazenovia VIllage Board during the Sept. 4 meeting in the Municipal Building. Gregg is looking to have the zoning of about 48 acres of undeveloped land changed from R-30 to R-6. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— “We need the housing … I don’t have a problem with you building; I think it’s the right idea. I just hope it can be the right stuff, and what is planned is built,” Van Arnam said. “We need people to know what they’re buying into. I don’t care how you build it, but I’d like it all planned out and approved before you build anything.”

Numerous South Village residents addressed the board, asking for the consideration of safety precautions of pedestrians and drivers. Mainly, the residents wanted to make clear they were not interested in having a street connect the two developments (although some were open to a connecting bike path or walking trail) as well as the road potentially connecting Number Nine Road to Route 20.

Fredrick Lounsbury, a resident of South Village, spoke as a representative for the group Concerned Cazenovia Residents at the meeting. He said the current plan for South Meadows labels the roadways as “minor streets,” with a 60-foot right-of-way, curves approximating 150-feet, and no sidewalks — the same as South Village.

“Please note that [we are] not opposed to the South Meadows development. We only want to make sure that it is planned correctly, so that all who purchase homes there can enjoy their new homes in safety and security, in harmony with all neighbors,” Lounsbury said. “With properly designed streets through traffic, that is sure to develop, will be carried safely from the Number Nine Road entry point to South Meadows to its eastern boundary and beyond, ultimately through the Village Edge South (Lucas property), to the Route 20 East corridor.”

As one of Gregg’s reasons for proposing development was to compensate for families with young children who couldn’t afford current housing prices in Cazenovia, both concerned residents and board members asked more consideration be given to road design. The subject will again be addressed during a public hearing, at 6:50 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Municipal Building.

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