Skaneateles to make comprehensive plan more reader friendly

The Skaneateles town board discussed proposing changes to the town comprehensive plan at its Aug. 15 meeting.

Councilor Rick Keyes said that a proposed new version of the plan is being made in light of suggestions and comments that came from the town comprehensive plan review committee as well as joint meetings with village officials. The changes will make the plan more reader friendly and will not have a major impact on planning and zoning regulations in the town, Keyes said.

“This is going to be a more readable, understandable and presentable type of a document,” Keyes said.

Board members said they will open up the proposal to the public and hold a public hearing to get feedback on the changes and any other potential revisions this September.

The comprehensive plan, which is available on the town website, townofskaneateles.com, has a provision that requires the town to evaluate it and consider making changes every five years. The town met that requirement most recently in 2009, though they decided to not make any changes at that time, Keyes said.

One reason for making changes to the plan has been the increase in development and proposed development in the town in the past five years, and thus the increased public interest in viewing the plan, Keyes said.

Though the next mandatory review will not be until 2014, after this fall’s elections, making the changes to the plan’s format have been in the works for several years, Keyes said.

In other business:

--The board discussed the request to change town code to restrict the type of development that is done in close proximity to Skaneateles Lake. Based on environmental and other factors housing developments can either be designated as an open space subdivision or a conservation density subdivision.

Conservation density subdivisions have stricter requirements about lot sizes and also require the developers to take out conservation easements to keep some of the land undeveloped. The town had received suggestions that it limit the lakeshed to only conservation density subdivisions, Roney said.

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