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Town plan: Housing, hamlet upgrades

WARRENSBURG-An outline for the future of the Town of Warrensburg has been drafted and about 35 people attended its recent public debut on May 16.

Warrensburg's new proposed comprehensive plan was unveiled in a meeting held at the Warrensburg Elementary School. A local committee appointed by the town and facilitated for over a year by lan Planning and Design, a firm from Saratoga Springs, has prepared a 50-page document outlining the vision, goals, and recommendations proposed to update the town's previous master plan completed in 1987.

Concerns addressed by the plan including economic development balancing year-round business and tourism, Main Street revitalization, waterfront enhancement, open space and environment, affordable housing, infrastructure and governance, recreation, and cultural improvement of the hamlet.

A sampling of recommendations from the draft plan includes expanding broadband access, promoting home businesses, establishing both an economic development committee and a conservation advisory council, creating an historic preservation board, regulating architectural design, exploring alternative energy production, and supporting the library's operations. 

Comments and questions from the audience were entertained. One resident noted the need to consider planning in the context of Adirondack Park Agency rules so as to reduce complications for new projects. Another remarked that there are many diseased and dead trees on properties around town that should be removed to prevent spread of infection to other trees.

The plan expresses increased municipal support for Richards Library. A letter in response from library officials circulated monday cited that boosted support for its expenses will enable the library to both to increase its services and complete the expansion of its facilities for the community.

Disappointment was expressed by some in the audience that members of the Town Board did not attend the meeting.

Town resident Ruth Fruda commented that the town needs to expand its tax base, but needs to preserve and enhance its heritage. She said that in pursuing this objective, the town needs to balance smart development with maintaining historic buildings, particularly along Main St.

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