Skaneateles town board fields questions on comprehensive plan review

The Skaneateles town board dealt with scrutiny from a concerned resident at its Sept. 5 meeting.

Skaneateles resident Jim Moore questioned the statement made by councilor Rick Keyes at the board’s Aug. 15 meeting that the board had met its legal obligation to review the town comprehensive plan in 2010. Moore said that he made a Freedom of Information Act request to the town for a record of that review and did not receive any documentation proving that it was done.

“There are some big things that are happening out there and if we as a community working with the boards, if we don’t stay on our toes, I firmly believe that the character of this community will change quickly,” Moore said.

The board did review the plan in 2010 and chose not to make any changes, which did not require any official board resolution according to Patrick Sardino, the town attorney at the time, Keyes said.

However, a committee including town and village officials met starting in 2009 and drafted a revised version of the plan in 2011 that would change the language and add graphics to make it easier to understand for the residents of the town, Keyes said.

The committee was created to go over suggestions for changes made by a group of students from the University of Notre Dame hired to review the plan. The board is planning to open up these revisions to the public for feedback this year. These revisions would be in advance of the town’s requirement to review the document every five-years, the next benchmark coming in 2015.

The review of the plan is an open and ongoing process and the town does not feel a need to make wholesale changes or changes that would have an effect on zoning laws, Keyes said.

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