WEST CARTHAGE Following a public hearing at which no one from the public spoke, the village Board of Trustees approved the rezoning of two Broad Street parcels.
The parcels, known as the Johnson property, where Michael E. Lundy, CEO of Lundy Development, plans to site commercial property and housing units, were changed from arterial service districts to planned development districts.
Planning Board Chairman Ronald J. Blinebry told officials that the rezoning fit with the villages comprehensive plan, conformed with the planning codes and added to the existing PDDs.
The code gives us the option to rezone; in fact, it is promoted for certain areas. PDDs can be used for a variety of things, not just housing and commercial. The PDD gives the Planning Board more leeway, Mr. Blinebry said.
He noted that the former Section 801 housing on Tamarack Drive and Champion Apartments are in PDDs.
Mr. Lundy said the rezoning would give the village Planning Board ultimate control.
They can decide how it will look and where everything will be placed, Mr. Lundy said. He added the developers would have to be diligent in their site plans to conform to the requirements of the Planning Board.
The village board reviewed the short state environmental quality review for the project and found the rezoning had no negative impact.
It also reviewed the SEQR for the North Broad Street development and found that with the addition of a traffic light recommended through the traffic study, the project would not negatively affect the village.
The village board agreed to become the lead agency on the Johnson/Broad Street property development. Mayor Scott M. Burto said the village would submit the appropriate forms for the subdivision of the property into three lots, the first commercial, second for multihousing units and the third for future development.
The public hearing on a second local law to clarify the review process for the districts was kept open until the village boards Oct. 9 meeting. This postponement was made to allow the board members to review changes in wording proposed by the Jefferson County Planning Board. The original law said the applicant will begin a mandatory review and approval process by the planning board for each subdivision. The proposed changes would reflect that the review and approval process would be for each structure or development within the subdivision.
The Planning Board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the village municipal building, 61 High St.
The village Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 because of the Columbus Day holiday.