To the editor:
I am a homeowner in Cazenovia village. I just took the Village Preference Survey for the Village Edge South development, and I have to say that I was disappointed. So many of the choices in the survey seemed to require a choice between one form of sprawly suburban development for another. The survey seems to prejudge a very suburban future for the village which I think is out of step with the current look of the village. Very few of the choices seemed to indicate what I think would be best, which would be development that is in keeping with the visual features that make the village attractive and cohesive.
Cazenovia has a distinctive look that it shares with only a handful of premier small upstate communities, such as Skaneateles, Brockport and Fairport. This classic look, with a well-preserved 19th century downtown surrounded by well-planned-out, walkable neighborhoods is a civic treasure that can easily be diluted or ruined by development that is not mindful of the existing attractive look.
When considering Village Edge South development I think we should be looking to emulate the look of the Caz downtown, and the mature neighborhoods that radiate from the downtown, rather than duplicating the look of the Tops Plaza, or continuing the more "rural turned suburban" look to which developers tend to gravitate. I think that a development look that is appropriate for Cicero, or even for the Route 92 corridor of Manlius, is not the sort of look that will benefit the village of Cazenovia in the long-term. I fear that the South Meadow and South Village developments indicate that the future of Cazenovia will be farm fields turning to sprawl, with sidewalks being a relic of the past.