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February 15, 2014

Board tweaks proposed comprehensive plan

WEST ONEONTA — Several town of Oneonta residents voiced concerns Wednesday night about the community’s future, touching on issues of affordable housing and protecting water resources to zoning.

They spoke during a public hearing in Town Hall before the Oneonta Town Board, which is in the concluding phases of adopting a comprehensive plan. About 10 people attended the hearing, which lasted about 45 minutes.  

The Town Board awaits feedback from the Otsego County Planning Department, which officials said is expected later this week. No vote taken Wednesday night on the plan, which may be ready for a motion to approve at the board’s March 12 meeting, Supervisor Robert Wood said.

Meanwhile, the board members and town attorney have been reviewing the proposal, fine-tuning language and deleting a few zoning and other clauses. The board had the option to make changes to the document, Wood said, and they weren’t substantial enough to require another public hearing.

Bob Harlem, chairman of the Comprehensive Planning Committee, said the plan was based on the Zogby Analytics survey of town residents. At the hearing in reference to board changes, he expressed concern that the document maintain its consensus-driven character.  

An introduction said the document offers a strategic plan for the vision of the community’s goals and aspirations in terms of development. The Comprehensive Planning Committee presented the plan to the Town Board last month.

“The Comprehensive Planning Committee did a really good job with this plan,” Andrew Stammel, newly elected councilman, said Wednesday night. The town needs to work toward maintaining open spaces, protecting water and encouraging economic development, he said, and the plan addresses those issues.

The plan is available on the town’s website at

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