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Skaneateles planning board meets with new VSM attorney

Will vote to rescind SEQR approval at March meeting

This was the first meeting sitting on the planning board for Estes after. She was appointed to the planning board by the town board at its meeting on Feb. 7 to fill a vacancy left by Alan Briggs when his term ended at the end of 2012.

In order to proceed with the permit and application process for the project, VSM needs to acquire a negative declaration of its SEQR from the planning board and obtain a lighting variance from the town Zoning Board of Appeals.

The planning board initially approved the negative declaration of the SEQR in October of 2012, but has since asked VSM to respond to questions about discrepancies in numbers particularly pertaining to the project’s water usage.

The Victory Campus is a proposed athletic and healthcare facility to be built on Route 20 in the town of Skaneateles to the west of the village. In addition to planning boards inquiries, the project has received much criticism from concerned residents over the past few months. Detractors of the project have cited potential negative effects of the project including pollution of Skaneateles Lake, bringing excessive traffic to town and light pollution and setting a precedent for big development projects in the town.

Also from the meeting:

— The board had an informal conversation with representatives of the McCraken Casper Group who are in the preliminary stages of proposing a new senior living complex on Route 20, half a mile east of the village on the Bombard property.

The complex would be for independent senior living, ages 55 and up, with a concierge service similar to assisted living. This type of housing is currently unavailable in Skaneateles and would keep the town’s seniors from moving to Florida or elsewhere for retirement, they said.

The board advised that the complex would run into difficulties when looking for approval of its water usage due to the already high demand for water and sewer service in the town and village.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaeatelespress.com.

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