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Watertown master plan public hearing set for tonight

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WATERTOWN — Residents will have a chance tonight to give their input on the town of Watertown’s blueprint for the future.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, 22867 County Route 67, about the proposed comprehensive plan. Holding monthly meetings, a six-member committee has been working on the project for more than a year.

The proposed 40-page document looks at a variety of subjects that affect the town, including economic development, town roads, land use and development, zoning and agriculture.

Town Board member David W. Prosser, who has served as the committee’s chairman, said perhaps the two most important goals to come out of the plan include: how the town works on organized development along County Route 202, where a sprawling apartment complex is being built; and how agriculture and development interact.

“We’re in the final stages of it,” Mr. Prosser said. “It’s a road map for the future,”

Tonight’s public hearing is required by the committee, but another public session will be held after the plan is presented to the Town Board.

The Tug Hill Commission helped the committee put together the proposed plan, which was released on May 7.

The plan must first be approved by the town’s Planning Board before getting final approval by the Town Board. Both approvals may happen this month, Mr. Prosser said. If not, he expects the process to be completed in July.

The comprehensive plan committee consists of Town Supervisor Joel R. Bartlett, Planning Board chairmen Thomas E. Boxberger and James T. Smith, Zoning Board member Michael J. Dulmage and Planning Board member C. Randy Vaas.

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