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Village Edge South planning review moves forward

— The Economic Health and Heritage Study Committee presented its official report of findings and recommendations concerning the planning and zoning for the Village Edge South zone to the Cazenovia Village Board at a Jan. 7 public hearing.

The result: The committee believes that major potential benefits for the community exist both aesthetically and economically in the development of VES, and it recommends that moving forward to amend the current planning and zoning regulations in place at VES are in the best interests of the public, said committee member and Mayor Kurt Wheeler.

After nine months of work, the committee “has reached consensus on a number of issues and feels that the next logical step will be to begin drawing upon outside expertise and professional assistance to develop the detailed language and procedures that will ultimately be needed,” according to the report that was publicly released Jan. 7. “Before shifting to this phase, the committee feels it is important for the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees to acknowledge its work to date and authorize the more formal process of developing specific recommendations for language which could be used to update the VES section of the Comprehensive Plan and ultimately the zoning and regulations applicable to VES.”

Seven of the eight members of the EHH Study Committee were present at the hearing, during which Wheeler gave a Powerpoint presentation listing and explaining the eight observations, findings and recommendations of the committee along with photos and illustrations of specifics aspects of the VES area.

“The bottom line is that the status quo [of VES] is not optimum,” Wheeler said during the presentation.

The committee’s report, in summary, concluded that:

—Changes to the zoning currently in place are “strongly recommended;”

—Current regulations do not encourage the visionary planning for the area which is desired;

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