Cortlandville Board Rejects Zoning Change For Housing Development, Calls For New Land-use Study
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Cortlandville Board Rejects Zoning Change For Housing Development, Calls For New Land-use Study
The Cortlandville Town Board has rejected a request for a zoning change to accommodate a proposed senior housing project. The town is planning to conduct a land use study to identify where future growth should occur.
In a unanimous vote last night the Cortlandville Town Board decided they should not act on local Developer Jim Reeners request to rezone a 20 acre parcel located between Commons Ave. and Westmore Lane from R-1 to R-4. Reeners was looking for the town to create the new R-4 district to allow for greater density than is currently allowed in the R-1 designation.
Reeners is looking to create variety of housing options aimed primarily at the aging population; his project included two family duplex homes, single family cottage homes, and a two story 32 unit apartment building. 
In rejecting his request town leaders announced that they are hiring engineering firm Clough Harbor to conduct a town wide study of current zoning regulations with an eye toward updating the regulations to accommodate future growth.
Board member John Proud says the review will focus on where the next high growth areas in the Town are expected to be. Proud says the review will assess the availability of water and sewer services and will identify areas where the infrastructure may need to be built out to accommodate new construction.
Reeners said he will await the study results, which could be 4 to 6 months away, he feels there are few sites in the Town that feature the type of infrastructure and access to public amenities that this type of development will require.
Several neighbors on West More Lane have raised concerns in connection with Reeners project including increases in traffic, density, and storm water runoff. 
The town will create a committee of local developers and other stakeholders who will work with the engineering firm as it conducts its review.
The town last revised its comprehensive plan and updated its zoning in 2002; the plan was updated to accommodate expected growth that occurred in the Route 281/13 corridor.
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