Town, village get on track with stalled comprehensive plan review

Since 2011 there had been “no formal dialogue” between the elected officials and the review committee, though the subcommittee did recently pass along to him their notes on the proposed revisions, Eggleston said.

Russell said that the remaining committee members should discuss and decide for themselves how big the committee needs to be and whether or not they need to obtain a budget from the town to hire a professional to act as chair, or as the official drafter of the revisions or if one of them could volunteer to take on those duties.

When the committee meets they plan to determine a time-line for the continuation of the review process including holding public workshops to get input from the community. The subcommittee will act as liaisons throughout the process to keep the town and village boards updated about the progress of the review.

“A lot of work remains to be done,” Russell said. He also added that it was up to the town board to determine how involved he would be in the process as it progressed.

Recent history of the town comprehensive plan

The town comprehensive plan dates back to 1974, though it was updated and jointly adopted by the town and village in 1996 with a self-imposed requirement that it be reviewed every five years. It was also revised in 2005 and the most current version is available on the town website.

In the introduction the document states its purpose as: “this Joint Comprehensive Plan for the Town and Village of Skaneateles represents a desire to anticipate and assess the potential impact of future change and to influence such change in ways that will conserve and protect those scenic and environmental qualities that distinguish this area and maintain the local economic base.”

Russell said that the document serves as a set of guidelines for zoning laws and is often open to interpretation. State law requires that new zoning laws passed must be in agreement with the plan, though existing ones may, and often do, conflict with it, he said.

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