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Village Edge South planning review moves forward

— Village Trustee Peggy Van Arnam supported the committee’s findings, but cautioned the rest of the board that, in regards to the recommendation that “form over function” should be a guiding principle to maximize economic development at VES, “We would be wise to give thought to function.”

“What do we want here?” Van Arnam asked. “I hope some attention is given to what we need here.”

Four residents spoke during the public hearing, mostly in support of the committee’s recommendations, but also asking questions. And one resident voiced his concerns.

“I would caution the board to be careful what you wish for because you might just get it,” said Rob Connor, a former member of the Village Comprehensive Plan Committee. “This could be one step closer to making us like Enders Road and I don’t think that’s what people want. Once the door is open it will be hard to deny developers what they want [to build] that’s not what we want. You’re opening a door to what was a concern to the village just four or five years ago.”

The public hearing was closed after about 35 minutes of discussion.

During its regular meeting, which began after the public hearing, the village board discussed what follow-up actions it should take, if any, on the issue. They voted unanimously to appoint a special eight-person board of outside experts to review and update the Village Comprehensive Plan based on the suggestions and recommendations of the EHH Committee.

The full EHH Committee report, as well as other VES-related plans and maps, can be viewed on the village website at villageofcazenovia.com under the “Mayor and Village Board” tab.

Jason Emerson is the incoming editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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