Agricultural District Designation Denied for Two Dryden Village Parcels
The Legislature approved the addition of three properties to the county’s Agricultural District Number 1, on the east side of Cayuga Lake, but did not include two parcels proposed for inclusion, located on Springhouse Road at the edge of the Village of Dryden. Dryden village officials have opposed the addition of those parcels, owned by Kenneth Miller, citing open space concerns. Dryden legislators Martha Robertson and Michael Hattery both supported denial of the agricultural designation for the Miller properties, maintaining that without the designation, permitted land use would be virtually the same, but that the village would retain ultimate authority, instead of relinquishing some control to the State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Local land use controls should be respected, said Hattery, especially since the village is currently revising its zoning ordinance. Mr. Miller told legislators he would cooperate with the village, but stated he needed the designation as protection from potential new laws the village might pass which could affect his farming operation. The county’s Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board supported the ag designation for the Miller properties; the county Planning Advisory Board opposed it. Striking the village properties from the district changes passed by a split vote of 9-6; legislators approved the amended district changes by a vote of 14-1 (Legislator Greg Stevenson dissenting). The action adds to the district one property on Old Orchard Road in the Town of Lansing, and three other properties on Spring House Road and West Dryden Road, in the Town of Dryden.
Contact: Martha Robertson, Chair, Planning , Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, 272-0584; Legislator Michael Hattery, 844-4361; Legislator Greg Stevenson , 273-2439.
Legislature Supports New York State and Federal Funding for “2-1-1” Service
The Legislature, without dissent, endorsed two measures urging funding to support development of
“2-1-1” Community information systems at the state and federal level. The Legislature thanks the state legislature and the governor for including funding for “2-1-1” in the just- passed state budget and urged that sufficient funding of not less than $10.66 million dollars be allocated to support the service this fiscal year. It also urges the 110th Congress to move forward on the “Calling-for-2-1-1 Act” that would authorize $700 million over six years to ensure nationwide access to “2-1-1” service. For more than the past decade, Ithaca’s Information and Referral Service has been working to institute the local “2-1-1” program.
Contact: Nathan Shinagawa, Chair, Health and Human Services Committee, 280-7557
Among other business,