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Residents' input is invited for master plan

Members of the town's Master Plan Committee want to know what residents in this growing community are thinking.

James A. Sacco Jr., chairman of the panel, said that the first draft of Town Master Plan 2025 has been completed and that public input is being solicited.

The committee will hold an informational meeting Thursday and another Oct. 20, both getting under way at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

Since 1990, when the master plan was last updated, the town has seen an explosion in growth and undertaken several traffic, corridor preservation and drainage studies.

"The town Planning Board saw a lack of balance to this growth, with farmers selling their land for new home construction, and commercial/industrial growth being stagnant at best, with a number of failed projects funded by the local Industrial Development Agency," Sacco said.

Town population grew from 5,010 to 6,050 between 1990 and 2000, according to census figures.

There are new housing applications before the Planning Board, Sacco said, and 850 homes have received approval in a community in which there are currently fewer than 2,300.

Residents raised several priorities in a 2003 survey, including the need to maintain open space, encouraging commercial and industrial development to feed the tax base and improved recreation programs.

"This update to the [master plan] attempts to better address all these issues," Sacco said.

Sacco said committee members also recommended extending commercial and light industrial zones.

The update is available for review at the town's Web site, www.pendletonny.us. A copy of the draft is also available for review in the town clerk's office in Town Hall.

Sacco said the Master Plan Committee will accept written comments on the plan through Oct. 31.

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