After months of consideration and a number of public hearings, the Cazenovia Village Board declared that the proposed development of 68 houses on approximately 48 acres on the easterly side of Number Nine Road (known as South Meadows) would not have a negative impact on the surrounding environment, and approved the zone be changed from R-30 to R-6.
During their Oct. 1 meeting, village trustees completed a State Environmental Quality Review with Village Attorney Jim Stokes and decided to move forward with the development proposal submitted by Gregg Development Corporation.
A few residents in attendance expressed concern that sidewalks were still not drawn in on the official site plan, however Mayor Kurt Wheeler explained all new roads constructed in the village are required to include pedestrian sidewalks. He also said a traffic study was currently being completed by safety officials.
“We’re trying to do everything in our power to ensure safer situations in the future,” Wheeler said.
Dennis Gregg, of Gregg Development Corporation, said he intends to include sidewalks in the plan, but is still waiting on the traffic study and word from the village board.
While the board did approve the zone change, trustees laid down seven conditions in the official resolution, hoping to ensure aspects of the plan that were discussed are followed. The conditions state no more than 68 houses may be built on the 21 lots that comprise the 48-acre parcel; the 145,000 square-foot area in the northwest corner shall be dedicated to the village of Cazenovia as park land; the 272,100 square-foot area in the northeast corner shall be preserved for use as public trail space or outdoor recreation area; a visual buffer zone is required for all areas abutting the existing residential subdivision — of which the design and maintenance will be determined by the Cazenovia Village Planning Board; development of Lot I requires a residence face Number Nine Road, but vehicular access will be only possible through the new road; development of South Meadows shall stay consistent with details outlined in the 2008 Comprehensive Plan Chapter III.I, in regards to residential neighborhood character, affordability and infrastructure; and plans for future vehicular connectivity, consistent with public safety, shall be clearly indicated on site maps.