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Village board approves zone change for Empire Brewing Company

Farmstead brewery project now continues forward with site plan and architectural review

— “This is the single-best economic development project to come into Cazenovia in my 14 years living here,” he said.

With no further comment the board closed the public hearing, after which Stokes read aloud the 12-page draft resolution concerning the zone change on which the board ultimately voted. The resolution explained in detail all of the information the board considered for its decision as well as its reasons for approving the zone change. Those reasons included:

—The project will not have any “significant adverse environmental impacts” on the land or the community;

—The physical impacts to the land of the brewery project will be “less intensive” than would occur under the R-30 residential zoning that would allow a 31-lot subdivision of the land;

—The board believes, based on the numerous professional studies undertaken, that the water and sewer impact to the village systems will be minimal;

—The noise, odor, viewshed, traffic and archeological impacts to the site and the surrounding area will not adversely affect the community;

—The zone change is in accordance with the village’s Comprehensive Plan and will “promote the health, safety and general welfare of the village,” and will “establish an aesthetically pleasing and appropriate gateway to the principal southern entrance to the village, while also establishing an effective transition use between the predominantly residential areas of the village and the more rural areas of the town.”

The resolution also cited and agreed with multiple findings by the Madison County Planning Agency, the Cazenovia Advisory Conservation Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that the project will not create any adverse impacts to the land or the community.

The draft law itself, which approved the zone change application with conditions, was “nearly identical” to the recommendation approved by the planning board in May, Stokes said. Those conditions included strictures on what type of development was allowed on the land, development setbacks, maximum building height, lot buffers, light and sound allowances and access to nearby walking trails.

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