Saranac Lake looks to update its comprehensive plan

"So if we don't get it right, then we're stuck with something that could subject the village to more regulations," he said.

Mayor Clyde Rabideau says he appreciates the amount of time the committee put into drafting the comprehensive plan.

But he notes that without input from the town, the plan needs to be revised. Rabideau also wants input from the towns of St. Armand and North Elba.

He adds the plan does include some strong points, like increasing density in the village's downtown and creating healthy infrastructure.

For Rabideau, the board's nuts-and-bolts approach to the plan is a good thing.

"They want to touch and feel things before they adopt it as law," Rabideau said. "So when terms like 'smart growth' are put out there, they want definition. I respect that."

Trustee Pelletieri said the board should schedule work sessions in order to provide guidance for Community Development Director Jeremy Evans, who has guided the plan in its current draft form.

Branch said the board should not seek expressions of interest until it has a good working document.

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