Verbal comment period on Rotterdam Global Plan closed, written comments accepted until Monday – The Daily Gazette
ROTTERDAM — Residents of Rotterdam will have until Monday to submit their final comments on the city’s draft master plan, which sets out a broad concept of what the city should look like over the next five years.
The public hearing where verbal comments could be made was closed following comments from a single resident on Thursday evening. It comes after the Global Plan Committee had to reschedule the public after it had no quorum at the hearing originally scheduled in February and then only received a few remarks from residents.
Rotterdam Junction resident Dave Bills asked how the plan would help farmers in the area.
“There are only a few farms left,” he says. “I’m about to can it myself.”
It was disheartening not to see people come forward and comment on the plan, said committee member and planning commission member Lynn Flansburg. This could be because people had no problem with the draft plan, said Jaclyn Hakes, partner and director of planning services for MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, who helped the committee develop the plan.
“People will come out if people dispute something,” Flansburg said.
Committee member Jonathon Tingley, who is also the city attorney, said he was concerned that once the city council had held its public hearing, which must take place before the plan was approved, there will have a line of people at the door. He also said he had never seen a city council send a full plan back to the committee to be reworked after the city council’s public hearing.
Hakes said the plan likely won’t reach city council until June or July.
The plan can be viewed at RotterdamNYPlan.com and any comments can be emailed to [email protected]
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