No Duanesburg residents comment on town comprehensive plan

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DUANESBURG – A proposed comprehensive plan for Duanesburg will look to encourage growth in town through actions like providing broadband to everyone and looking into the feasibility of providing solar electricity.

“We took a lot of input in updating it,” said Supervisor Roger Tidball Thursday during a public hearing on the plan.

However, no residents spoke on the plan.

“The lack of people that are on tonight I think shows that we did a lot of work and that we listened to the public,” Tidball said.

The comprehensive plan outlines goals over several years that the town would like to achieve. Some of the goals listed in the plan include:

  • Modifying the zoning laws to encourage development.
  • Amending the zoning laws so people understand them better.
  • Encouraging the protection of forest areas.
  • Providing a municipal water source, particularly in areas of the town where there will be commercial or dense residential growth.

Councilman John Ganther said only minor changes have been made to the document that appears online, including fixing page numbers and adding in two maps that were referenced in the document.

The town began working on the plan in September 2017, said Phil Sexton, a former Planning Board chairman.

He said the town reached out to the community for input via a survey sent by mail and email. In December 2018 the town began a review and revision process.

“This included over eight formally structured meetings and countless hours of extraneous and broad community stakeholder engagements and feedback from the community members at large,” Sexton said.

The town plans to continue taking written comments on the plan until the end of the month. The council will vote to adopt the plan in May, Tiddball said.

The contact page for Duanesburg can be found at https://www.duanesburg.net/home/webforms/contact-us. The full comprehensive plan can be read at https://www.duanesburg.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4351/f/news/duanesburg_comp_town_board_final.pdf

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