Village seeks community input on Village Edge South rezoning process

— The Cazenovia Village Board came one step closer to enhancing the eastern gateway to the village last Monday night. And it continues to seek community input on what types of services and developments residents want on the east end of town.

At the Oct. 7 meeting of the board of trustees, the board amended language in the village comprehensive plan that will allow it to eventually modify the zoning of the Village Edge South property, with hopes of future development on the land. The language was drafted by the Economic Health and Heritage Committee, which has been working on the issue for more than one year.

The EHHC completed a visual preference survey of the Village Edge South area on Aug. 27 as a way to help design guidelines for the VES development process. The committee also held a public work session on zoning issues on Sept. 10 and a public presentation of the visual preference survey on Sept. 24 to keep the village board and members of the public updated on its progress.

Mayor Kurt Wheeler indicated at the Oct. 7 meeting that the board is very much in the information-gathering phase, and wants to hear from residents on what they want the future of this land to resemble. The zone encompasses a stretch of largely undeveloped property on the south side of Route 20 as one is leaving the village toward Nelson (across the street from the Tops plaza). The southwest portion of the property borders South Village, and part of the action taken on Oct. 7 paves the way for the future development of roads that would allow traffic to flow from South Meadows through the Village Edge South zone up to Route 20, without having to go through the village center.

Wheeler stressed that there are no specific developments that are tied to this change in the comprehensive plan, and as the zoning language is written, it will be done with community input in mind.

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