Committee puts county’s comp plan on hold

NORWICH – Considering arguments of some town supervisors that the county’s draft comprehensive plan does not provide the most up-to-date snapshot of the county’s current circumstances, the document was put on hold by the county’s Planning and Economic Development Committee this week.

The Chenango County Department of Planning and Development is nearing the final stages of a comprehensive plan that will help dictate future public policies in areas like transportation, land use, housing, and recreation. However, in order for the document to be officially adopted by the County Board of Supervisors, it needs the recommendation of the Planning and Economic Development Committee.

According to County Planning Director Donna Jones, the aim is to have the plan voted on by the Board of Supervisors after a public hearing this summer. But given the plan’s lack of detail regarding big changes in recent months – including a proposed project from the City of Norwich to install solar pannels on county-owned property north of the city, and New York State’s stonewalling the 124-mile long Constitution Pipeline project that would have transcended Chenango County borders – Columbus Town Supervisor Tom Grace said changes should be made to the plan before moving it forward.

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