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LETTERS: Lounsbury further explains position on proposed South Meadows zone change

To the editor:

I wish to thank the editor for attending and reporting on the Sept. 4 public hearing to consider the Cazenovia Village Planning Board’s recommendation that a change of zone, from R-30 to R-6 be granted to facilitate Gregg Development’s proposal to develop residential lots on 48 acres of land bordering Number Nine Road to the east, known as “South Meadows.”

The editor captured the essence of my comments, which were presented on behalf of Concerned Cazenovia Residents to the village trustees in written form.

A major aspect of our concern over South Meadows, as it is presently depicted on a preliminary site plan, is the street design. To further clarify our position, I offer the following excerpt from my remarks:

South Meadows will serve 68 new homes in the proposed R-6 configuration. Yet the streets have been laid out on the plan to the village’s own minor street standards, the same as South Village. They are shown with 60-foot right-of-ways and curve radii approximating 150 feet. There are also no sidewalks provided.

In addition, we understand the village wishes to ultimately connect the streets of South Meadows from the approved entry point at Number Nine Road, north of South Cemetery, to the Village Edge South (VES) and beyond to the Route 20 East corridor. For a connection of that character, a collector street is more appropriate.

Collector streets are defined in the village code as those which carry traffic from minor streets to major system of arterial streets and highways. The minimum right-of-way is 80 feet and a curve radius of 500 feet minimum is required.

Since the connection between Number Nine Road and Route 20 East will draw substantial additional through traffic from areas south and west of the village as well as from Route 20 East, we oppose the zone change to R6 until:

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