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Town of Richfield Comp Plan, Zoning Showdown Tonight

Town of Richfield

Comp Plan, Zoning

Showdown Tonight

Anti-Windmill Faction Plans Vote


RICHFIELD SPRINGS – A showdown is expected this evening between two factions on the Richfield Town Board when a vote is due on a comprehensive plan and zoning code that grew out of the opposition to the the Monticello Hills Wind Farm.

The board meets at 7 p.m. in the Richfield Springs Central School cafeteria.

Common Council Adopts New Comprehensive Plan


Comp Plan Focuses On

‘Zombies,’ City Arts Scene

Bob Brzozowski, GOHS executive director and a member of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, read from their final report as Common Council voted to adopt the updated Comprehensive Plan. (Ian Austin/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – An office to market the city as a destination for arts and culture, the reuse of “zombie properties” and continuing the Downtown Revitalization Initiative were all recommended as part of Oneonta’s updated Comprehensive Plan, adopted unanimously by Common Council during their meeting this evening.

“You’ve given us a road map that will use over the years,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “It’s given us a clear vision…an action plan and some real goals.”

The city formed steering committee in 2017 to update its Comprehensive Plan, implemented in 2007, because “Oneonta was at the tipping point,” Herzig said, “where we found ourselves with new opportunities and resources to reinvent Oneonta and thrive in today’s economy.”

Dog Park, Housing Top Comprehensive Plan

Dog Park, Housing

Top Comprehensive Plan

Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, converses with Mayor Gary Herzig and GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski about the future of Oneonta as a second open house was held to gather community input on the city’s Comprehensive Plan earlier this evening. Curated recommendations, including a dog park, green-energy initiatives, increased moderate and low-income housing, as well as enhanced arts and recreation offerings, were put forth for visitors to support with check-marks and sticky notes.  The study will also be available online through the city’s website, and once the feedback is gathered, the Steering Committee will compile the results to take to Common Council, who will take a vote. Herzig anticipates action on the final plan will begin in early 2019. (Ian Austin/

Memorial Concert ‘Musical Moods’


MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Performance of “Musical Moods – Meditative to Manic” with Timothy Perry and Margaret (Pej) Reitz, performing on clarinet and piano. Free, open to public. RM 201 Fine Arts Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3419.

BOOK CLUB – 6 – 7 p.m. Discuss novel ‘Eleni’ by Nicholas Gage. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit

Comprehensive Steering Committee Revises Vision Statement

Comp Plan Committee

Revises Vision Statement

Oneonta resident Al Rubin, a member of Oneonta’s Comprehensive Master Plan Revision Committee, discusses the wording of the current vision statement, which appears at the beginning of the comprehensive plan. Rubin is the chair of the steering committee tasked with creating the comprehensive plan.  At right is committee member Seth Clark. (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special to

LEAF Director Julie Dostal reads the revised vision.

ONEONTA – The city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee agreed nothing should be left to interpretation in new plan:  It met for an hour tonight to simply re-word the vision statement.

The vision statement summarizes the characteristics of the city, and what the future should be. In essence, the vision statement summarizes the entire comprehensive plans in a few short sentences.

“In my line of work, this is what we would call a mission statement, rather than a vision statement,” said LEAF Executive Director Julie Dostal, committee  member.

All Ideas On the Table At Comprehensive Plan Open House

Bike Trails To Candy Store,

Open House Covers Gamut

Brenda Korthauer, wife of City Manager George Korthauer, posts a suggestion on the wall of the CANO gallery at the Wilber Mansion during the Open House for the Comprehensive Plan. “We’ve done this before,” she said. (Ian Austin/
Mayor Gary Herzig and Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, discuss Short-Term Rentals, one of the hotly debated topics at the Open House.

ONEONTA – Bike trails, a candy shop, blade signs and more winter recreation were all suggestions made during the Comprehensive Plan committee’s open house in the CANO galleries at the Wilber Mansion earlier this evening.

“To build a good community, we need input from everyone,” said Ethan Gaddy, an Elan Planning community planner. “This sort of forum works because it’s a non-threatening way to make your voice heard without having to stand up in a meeting or fill out a form online.”

Housing Dominates Talk At First Comprehensive Plan Meeting

Housing Dominates As

Planning Gets Underway

Seth Clark of Peter Clark Student Housing tells his colleagues on the City of Oneonta’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee how the loss of Center Street School resulted in the decline of that Center City residential neighborhood.   When he was growing up there, his family’s neighbors were primarily tenured professors at the college, he said.  Now, fellow committee member and Realtor Joan Fox pointed out, lower-paid adjuncts sometimes can’t qualify for mortgages.  That led to discussion of a range of housing issues, including faculty and executive recruits choosing not to accept college or hospital job offers because of the lack of housing, and professors choosing to commute from the Albany suburbs, New Hartford and Vestal, rather than moving here.  Amid this shortage, it was noted, there are 100 vacant houses in the city.  Listening are committee members Rachel Lutz Jessup of Destination Oneonta, the local manger of the Bank of Cooperstown; Bob Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director, and Fox. The committee had its first meeting Monday evening, led by Elan Planning’s Nicolette Wagoner and Susan Caruvana, who helped with Cooperstown’s Comprehensive Plan last year, and are also working with Richfield Springs and Schenevus.  They have already planned housing and parking studies as part of the comp plan’s development.  The city’s master plan update, which will take about a year, is paid for mostly by a state grant obtained by Otsego New CEO Sandy Mathes. (Ian Austin/

Full Story In This Week’s Hometown Oneonta

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Mayor Herzig Appoints Comprehensive Plan Committee

Mayor Appoints Committee

To Revise City’s Comp Plan

Mayor Gary Herzig announces the nine members of the steering committee for the city’s updated Comprehensive Plan (Ian Austin/
Council Member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, will serve on the committee.


Special to

ONEONTA – Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, Greater Oneonta Historical Society Executive Director Bob Brzozowski, developer Seth Clark and Destination Oneonta’s Rachel Jessup were all named this evening to the Steering Committee to update the city’s comprehensive master plan.

“This is the group that will facilitate the update to the 2007 comprehensive plan, incorporating the City’s vision, addressing the railyards and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative,” said Mayor Gary Herzig.


Singer Rudy Currence

At SUNY Oneonta Tonight


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CONCERT – 9 p.m. Rudy Currance. Hunt Union Waterfront, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info,, (607)436-3730, or CLICK HERE.

3D DESIGN – 6 p.m. Create your own holiday themed cookie cutter. Optional 3D printing. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info,

PUBLIC HEARING – 7 p.m. Public hearing on Cooperstown Comprehensive Plan. Village Hall, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Copies of the plan can be reviewed at the Village office,


Cooperstown Comp Plan Draft Ready; Public Input Sought 4/5

Cooperstown Comp Plan Draft

Ready; Public Input Sought 4/5

Trustee Cindy Falk, co-chair of Cooperstown's Comprehensive Plan Committee, hands a flyer to Cooperstown Distillery proprietor Gene Marra publicizing the unveiling of the draft 11-7 Tuesday, April 5, at the firehall. (Jim Kevlin/
Trustee Cindy Falk, co-chair of Cooperstown’s Comprehensive Plan Committee, hands a flyer to Cooperstown Distillery proprietor Gene Marra publicizing the unveiling of the draft 11-7 Tuesday, April 5, at the firehall. (Jim Kevlin/

COOPERSTOWN – An update of the village Comprehensive Master Plan, begun in the summer of 2014, is heading toward completion, with another round of public input sought at a Community Open House 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, at the fire hall on Chestnut Street.


That day, interested citizens, from the village and beyond, are encouraged to stop by and review  the plan’s Visions, Goals and Recommendations that will be displayed on easels.   Attendees will be provided with pens, markers and Post-It notes to comment on the plan.

Cooperstown Village Board, IDA Plan Citizen-Based Vision For Community

Cooperstown Village Board, IDA Plan

Citizen-Based Vision For Community

Editor’s Note:  This article is republished from this week’s Freeman’s Journal, now on newsstands.


The proposed "scope of services" identifies seven nodes for economic-development attention in the Village of Cooperstown.
The proposed “scope of services” identifies seven nodes for economic-development attention in the Village of Cooperstown.

COOPERSTOWN – The future of Cooperstown may include offices, restaurants and hotels around Railroad Avenue, a green swath leading through what is now a parking lot to historic Doubleday Field, and a vibrant waterfront, part of seven redevelopment nodes being considered by the village’s Economic Sustainability Committee and the county Industrial Development Agency.

Whether it does – or another vision emerges – will grow out of a “Comprehensive Plan & Economic Development Revitalization Strategy” to be launched perhaps as soon as August, funded by $28,000 in IDA funding and, it is hoped, a $90,000 CFA – an economic development grant – being sought through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Commission.  The grant application was part of the round submitted Monday, June 16.

The idea of a plan and strategy emerged from discussions over the past few months among Mayor Jeff Katz, Trustees Lou Allstadt and Cindy Falk on the Village Board’s Economic Sustainability Committee, and Sandy Mathes, IDA president and “single point of contact” for economic development in the county.



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