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The Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan has more gravity than a general comprehensive plan, David MacLeod, a state coastal resources specialist, Thursday told the Sheridan Town Board.

"A local waterfront-development plan is very specialized and very few (planning firms) have ever looked into them," he said. "That's why we're here."

MacLeod said projects under the plan, an offshoot of the Chadwick Bay Comprehensive Plan, should be carried out, as opposed to those under a general comprehensive plan, which would be merely suggested.

"The bottom line is that if it is not done, someone will ask why it isn't being done," MacLeod said.

The final stages of approving the waterfront revitalization document will include sanctioning by state and federal agencies, a local public hearing and the passage of a local law approving the plan.

MacLeod said the state has stepped in to conduct "editing" of the plan, which was compiled by the Peter J. Smith consulting firm of Buffalo.

MacLeod also noted the waterfront-revitalization plans are often difficult to comprehend. For example, several items listed in the document as projects, in reality, are regulations, he added.

Jay Iliohan, who owns a lakefront mansion bordering Sheridan and the Village of Silver Creek, raised concern that the plan shows his property "would be a good site for a museum."

MacLeod said there are several benefits to adopting the Local Waterfront Development Plan.

"In terms of the long view, you are taking inventory of all of your assets and developing a plan," he said. "By participating, you now have control over state and federal actions. If the state decides it wants to do something it would have to be consistent with it (the local plan)."

The Local Waterfront Development Plan also opens the door to grant funding that otherwise would not be available.

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