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February 11, 2014

Board to host hearing on comprehensive plan

The Oneonta Town Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed comprehensive plan at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The document offers a strategic plan for the vision of the community’s goals and aspirations in terms of development, according to the plan’s introductory statement. The Comprehensive Planning Committee last month presented the plan to the Town Board, which has yet to adopt it.

The hearing will be in Oneonta Town Hall on state Route 23 in West Oneonta. Among other business Wednesday, the board will consider a measure to amend the town’s law on records management, specifically access to records, Supervisor Robert Wood said, and authorize engineers to survey the lot behind town hall for a proposed highway garage. The board’s regular monthly meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Wood said the 2014 Comprehensive Plan is an important document for the town board and community.

“It helps give a good road map,” he said Monday.

The Town of Oneonta 2014 Comprehensive Plan was prepared by the Comprehensive Planning Committee, which was commissioned in August 2012. Previously, comprehensive plans were approved in 1965, 1973 and 1998, and since the most recent plan was adopted, demographic and economic factors in the town have changed.

Wood said the comprehensive plan, or master plan, relied heavily on a survey conducted by Zogby Analytics.

The survey reported that among respondent views, 56 percent oppose a town merger with the city, 62 percent said no to the town providing financial assistance to the city airport, 58 percent supported partnering with the city to protect the reservoir, 59 percent supported expanded industrial development and 67 percent were opposed to natural gas drilling. A majority of respondents want local land and water protected from pollution.

About 15 people attended a forum held by the Comprehensive Planning Committee in January, Wood said. After some details were reviewed and questions answered, in general people were satisfied when they left, he said.

The hearing Wednesday is another opportunity for comments, Wood said.

The Oneonta Town Board awaits comments from the Otsego County Planning Department before taking action on the proposed plan, Wood said, and the Town Board has options to modify the plan if needed.

The plan is available on the town’s website at

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