November 27, 2021

C’ville comprehensive plan comment deadline set

Cortlandville town officials have until Feb. 1 to comment on potential changes to the draft Cortlandville comprehensive plan by February.

The deadline was set during Wednesday’s workshop meeting by members of the town planning board, town board, zoning board of appeals and town residents on the town’s comprehensive plan. The town is working to complete its first plan since the last one was updated in 1978. The town has since seen much commercial and residential development.

Town Supervisor Tom Williams asked that people attending Wednesday submit any comments about the plan’s draft by Feb. 1 to be brought up before the first town board meeting Feb. 3. Members from CHA Consulting Inc., the consulting firm working with Cortlandville on the plan, presented on the top recommended items for the plan:

Adopting guidelines for a new conservation residential zoning district.

Developing criteria for mixed use zoning along routes 11 and 13.

Focus on protecting the Tioughnioga River through programs like the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Expanding broadband access in the town.

Jean Loewenstein, a principal planner with CHA Consulting, told Ann Hotchkin, a planning board member and member of the comprehensive plan committee, the firm would help the town through the adoption of the plan and that one public hearing would have to be held.

Cortlandville resident Andrea Rankin asked if potential trail connections going southwest away from the town could connect to other trails such as the Empire State or Finger Lakes trails.

Loewenstein said she wasn’t sure but Forrest Earl, a member of the comprehensive plan committee, said the Finger Lakes Trail goes through Cortlandville but, based on proposed drawings, wouldn’t connect to the planned trail connections.

The question of how the plan may affect solar projects already in development was also brought up, but many participants agreed the plan shouldn’t affect the projects.

“It doesn’t seem fair that if the town board decides to adopt this comprehensive plan that it can impact any pending application for any type of zoning approval,” said Town Attorney John DelVecchio.

No timeline has been set for the completion of the plan.