Village Edge South zoning regulations and design guidelines approved

— The main idea of the committee’s work is to “make it easier for the area to be developed the way the village wants it to be developed,” Kwasnowski he has said at previous village board meetings.

The village board held its final public hearing on the zoning and design guidelines on Monday, Feb. 3, during which no comments were made by the public.

One comment on the proposed law that was received by the village board that same day was a recommendation report made by the Madison County Planning Department, which commended the village and the EHH Committee for their efforts to “develop a clear vision for this gateway into the village.” The MCPD stated that Cazenovia will be the first municipality in Madison County to utilize design guidelines, and it felt the guidelines “will be a model for other villages and cities in the county.”

The Madison County Planning Department had previously reviewed the draft zoning amendments and design guidelines in September 2013, and, in addition to offering suggestions that were ultimately incorporated into the final guidelines, stated, “This really is well thought out and has tremendous vision.”

Wheeler mentioned the county planning board’s report during the Feb. 3 meeting and quoted from it.

After reviewing the State Environmental Quality Review Act issues that pertain to the proposed new law and declaring that the legislative action will have no significant environmental impact, the board unanimously voted to approve the new law 4-0, with Trustee Jim Joseph absent.

“I am deeply appreciative to the members of the EHH committee who put in countless hours over the past two years,” Wheeler said. “Committee members Don Ferlow and Ted Bartlett, in particular, provided the community with incredible expertise that was invaluable. Our professional planner, Dan Kwasnowski, and our village attorney, Jim Stokes, also worked tirelessly on this effort. I am very proud of the process which included stakeholders from all perspectives and was as thorough and inclusive as any initiative I’ve seen since I began serving the village.”

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