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C-ville Planning Board Split on Racker Property Decision

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During the Town of Cortlandville Planning Board meeting, the planning board was given the opportunity to either support or oppose a recommendation for a change of use of a land parcel located in the Walden Oaks neighborhood in the Town of Cortlandville.


Bruce Weber, the Town of Cortlandville Planning and Zoning Officer, spoke before the discussion to both the board and the numerous residents in attendance concerned of the proposed change in use that the planning board itself would not make the final decision, but the Town of Cortlandville Town Board and the Planning Board would only vote to either send a recommendation to the Town Board, or not to.

The land parcel in question, 3266 Walden Oaks Blvd, was purchased by Racker who hopes to construct a residential building for assisted living for those with developmental disabilities. Executive Director for Racker, Cristine Donovan, spoke to the board stating that the organization did not know the property wasn’t zoned residential until after signing the contract to purchase the property.

Currently, the property is part of the Planned Unit Development and is specified for a Day Care facility. Donovan said during the meeting, she hoped the Board would send a recommendation to the Town Board to change the use of the lot as a day care facility never came into fruition when the Walden Oaks neighborhood was developed.

If it is changed by the Town Board, which would require a public hearing at a later date, the residential building would be about 2,900 square feet, single level, with 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Donovan continued saying that Racker would work with the neighborhood on ensuring that the home would fit into the neighborhood and follow all HOA guidelines.

However, residents still voiced their concerns regarding the property. Some of the concerns mentioned were the lot size compared to the size of the potentially future home, traffic volumes, where the driveway would be located, and the building would not fit in with the styling of other houses.

It was reiterated by Mr. Weber, that the only thing the board had control over was if the Planning Board would or would not recommend the changing of the lot from a daycare to residential. That decision by the Board ended up in a split vote, with 2 voting yes for a recommendation, 2 against, and one board member abstaining due to needing further information on the project.

Town of Cortlandville Attorney, John Delvecchio, said the Town Board would need to schedule a public hearing where residents would be able to voice their concerns before a final decision if the lot can change to residential. When the Town Board would set that public hearing date it is expected to take place during their December 6th meeting.

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