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Cortlandville Landowner is Opposed to Possible Zoning Changes
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Cortlandville Landowner is Opposed to Possible Zoning Changes
Another property owner has raised objections in connection with the Town of Cortlandville's proposed land use plan update. The town is looking at rezoning certain properties to focus and encourage residential development.
 
The Cortlandville Town Board has received a letter from local landowner Jim Stevens who owns 113 acres of land between Blue Creek Road and Route 281.
 
The Town land use committee has recommend the property be rezoned from agricultural to residential.  Attorney Mike Shafer of the law firm Riehlman Shafer & Shafer is representing Stevens and says his client  is opposed to the zone change.
 
In his letter Shafer says the property has little to no access from 281 and modifying an existing farm road on the site to meet town standards would be too expensive. Stevens claims he has been told by the Cortland DPW Superintendent that using Ridgeview ave. to access the land is not feasible due to grade issues.
 
Shafer also points to recent push back against efforts to develop vacant land at the end of Commons Avenue, local developer Jim Reeners planned to build multifamily homes there but the project met stiff resistance from neighbors.
 
Shafer says rezoning the property would remove it from agricultural production and contribute to sprawl in the town, he has asked the Town Board to reconsider the proposed change.
 
Town Supervisor Dick Tupper said he was surprised to hear that Stevens is opposed to the change, Tupper feels the site is prime for future residential development. 
 
Stevens is the second landowner to oppose the planned zone changes, the County Planning Board also panned the proposal.
 
Tupper says the land use committee is still reviewing the updates and is taking the feedback into account.
 
Last March the town hired engineering firm Clough Harbor at a cost of $25 thousand dollars to review its current zoning maps and look at areas that could be rezoned for residential uses.
 
Tupper expects the revisions to be made this month with a public hearing planned for April or early May.
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