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Saranac Lake comprehensive plan in the works

Renovations to begin at old village buildings

The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees voted to close the study started in 2008 that may have move the municipality towards becoming a city.

The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees voted to close the study started in 2008 that may have move the municipality towards becoming a city. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Saranac Lake Village Board Feb. 13 learned about the progress of a new comprehensive plan, set tentative dates for the upcoming budget calendar, and hired someone to oversee renovations at the village’s old office space.

Jim Martin, of the LA Group, outlined the process of drafting a new comprehensive plan for the village.

“I’ve got to tell you, this is the most planned community I’ve ever seen in my life,” Martin said, referring to the numerous comprehensive plans drafted and adopted since the early 1900s. “It’s good stuff, but it gives one the sense that it’s time now to bring this stuff together, get it under one document, and get on with actions and implementations.”

Committee members — including village trustees Elias “Allie” Pelletieri and Jeff Branch — have been meeting regularly to collect ideas based on a number of topics: agricultural; natural and environmental; housing; commerce and industry; infrastructure and utilities; historical and cultural; institutional and educational; health and emergency services; community and economic development; transportation; and recreation and the arts.

After a draft plan is complete, public input will be sought in May, and a draft land use code will be written. Reviews are expected to be made in August and September, and the project will be wrapped up in October, according to Martin’s timeline.

Renovations

In other news, Village Board members hired a clerk of the works for renovations to the village buildings at 3 and 17 Main St. in anticipation of new tenants. They also approved a lease agreement with Active Motif for the waterworks building (17 Main St.) and engineering work for the same space — at a cost not to exceed $25,500 — by Bernier, Carr & Associates for schematic and final design, construction documents and bid documents and to perform construction administration for the project.

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