Cazenovia town board continues public hearings on noise ordinance, special event permit

Board approves new law on permitted uses in New Woodstock hamlet

— In a relatively quiet, quick and straightforward meeting last week, the Cazenovia Town Board held four public hearings, scheduled four more and attended to other basic business.

The board — minus Councilor Pat Race who was absent — continued for the third time each public hearings on the proposed noise ordinance and special events permit laws that have been under consideration since May. The proposed laws would prevent and control excessive noise and establish procedures and requirements to hold special events throughout the town.

Only two members of the public spoke during the two hearings, both asking about how the proposed laws would effect not-for-profit organizations and the fundraising events they hold. Town Supervisor Bill Zupan said no changes have been made to the language of either law since the board’s last public hearings on July 14.

“This is still a work in progress, for both laws,” Zupan said.

Councilor Kristi Andersen reiterated the board’s position that if and when any substantial changes are made to the language of either proposed law, those changes will be posted on the town website and highlighted in red so readers can see exactly where and what the changes were. Andersen also said the town still is waiting to receive feedback on the proposed laws from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, who were sent the laws more than one month ago.

The board voted unanimously to continue public hearings for both the noise ordinance and special events permit law until the Sept. 8 meeting.

The board also held a public hearing on proposed Local Law D, “A local law to amend chapter 165 (zoning) of the town code to amend permitted and specially permitted uses in the New Woodstock hamlet overlay and New Woodstock central business overlay districts in the Town of Cazenovia.” The town code currently allows a number of permitted buildings and uses in New Woodstock by right, as set by the board in 2009 through zoning and subdivision laws, and the proposed law would change those uses from being by right to needing special use permits issued by the town planning board, Andersen said.

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