ROTTERDAM – Rotterdam residents will have until Monday to provide any final comments on the draft town comprehensive plan, which lays out a broad concept of what the town should look like over the next five years.
The public hearing where oral comments could be made was closed following comments from only one resident Thursday evening. This comes after the Comprehensive Plan Committee had to reschedule the public after it didn’t have a quorum at the originally scheduled hearing in February and received only a few remarks from residents then.
Rotterdam Junction resident Dave Bills asked how the plan would help farmers in the area.
“There’s only a few farms left,” he said. “I’m about ready to can it myself.”
It was disheartening to not see people show up and comment on the plan, said Lynn Flansburg who is a committee member and is also on the planning commission. It could be because people didn’t have any issues with the draft plan, said Jaclyn Hakes, an associate and director of planning services for M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, which has been helping the committee develop the plan.
“People will come out if people take issue with something,” Flansburg said.
Committee member Jonathon Tingley, who is also the town attorney, said he is concerned that once the town board holds its public hearing, which has to happen prior to approving the plan, that there will be a line of people out the door. He also said he’s never seen a town board send a comprehensive plan back to the committee to be worked on again following the town board’s public hearing.
Hakes said the plan probably wouldn’t make it to the town board until June or July.
The plan can be viewed at RotterdamNYPlan.com and any comments can be emailed to [email protected]
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