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7575 Van Buren Road Baldwinsville, NY 13027-6706 (315) 635-3009 Fax: (315) 635-8247 www.townofvanburen.com
October 3, 2012
Mr. Don Jordan Syracuse Onondaga Planning Agency 421 Montgomery St., 11th FL Syracuse, NY 13202 Dear 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. The Van Buren Town Board voted on October 2, 2012 for me to send this letter of dissatisfaction regarding the proposed plan. To the best of our collective recollections no previous meeting was held with the Town of Van Buren on this matter to seek our input. Had that occurred, I am sure you would have taken away a much different 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 weaknesses which 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 best handled 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 each individual 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 an incentive 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 own planning 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 government owned; the plan is to expand the utilities to create yet another industrial area.
Economics and the cost of development will on its own, drive development or limit it. Further legislation to limit development is detrimental to municipalities who are struggling fiscally to maintain services. Last, but not least, the handling of solid waste now and into the future, and how it relates to the county overall and specifically to Site 31 in Van Buren is not addressed in the plan. To not have something as significant as this issue not mentioned in a county sustainability plan is unacceptable. The Town of Van Buren respectfully disagrees with the proposed Onondaga County Sustainable Development Plan, since we believe it is an overreach of power being forced on local government. If you should have any questions, please contact me. Yours truly,
Claude E. Sykes Town Supervisor Town of Van Buren CES:meg Cc: Ms. Joanie Mahoney, County Executive Mr. Derek Shepard, County Legislator File Copy