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October 3, 2012Mr. Don JordanSyracuse Onondaga Planning Agency421 Montgomery St., 11
FLSyracuse, NY 13202Dear Mr. Jordan:Thank you for your presentation of the Onondaga County Sustainable Development Plan on October 1,2012 at the monthly meeting of our Planning Board.The Planning Board in follow up to your presentation voted not to support the plan as presented. TheVan Buren Town Board voted on October 2, 2012 for me to send this letter of dissatisfaction regardingthe proposed plan.To the best of our collective recollections no previous meeting was held with the Town of Van Burenon this matter to seek our input. Had that occurred, I am sure you would have taken away a muchdifferent conclusion than what is presented in this proposal, as it would relate to Van Buren.You spoke of a more regional perspective. Each town has its own issues, strengths and weaknesseswhich are best handled by local planning boards who understand each of their respective communities.The cookie cutter theory is not what is best for our town. Quality of life issues, in particular, are besthandled by people who live in the community.It appears that this is more of a plan to save the city rather than working to the strengths of eachindividual town or village. You cannot legislate changes to people’s desires to live in the suburbs.Until the city addresses their numerous problems this trend will not change. In addition, to allocate$6.5 million to be given to municipalities who sign on to this proposal is perceived by some, not as anincentive to improve planning, but as a payoff to join in a plan that will remove home rule.Mention was made of the Clay Industrial Park. County government is not following their ownplanning proposal – use existing facilities/land; no expansion; in fill when possible. Instead of utilizing the fully equipped, and underutilized industrial park in Radisson, which is governmentowned; the plan is to expand the utilities to create yet another industrial area.