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Planning Board sees Fredonia border as logical area for high-density growth

POMFRET -- The Pomfret Town Planning Board on Thursday night hashed out concepts for the town's long-range land use "vision."

Consultant Wendy Salvati, of Wendel Duchscherer Architects and Engineers in Amherst, facilitated the discussion on the comprehensive plan.

The Planning Board is in the process of developing the draft plan and is now considering proposed recommendations for the town's future.

Referring to the town's current land-use map, Planning Board Chairman James Joy remarked, "It's incredible how much forest land is in the town." In fact, most of Pomfret is either forested or used for agricultural purposes.

The board agreed that the most logical area for future higher-density development would be land adjoining the Fredonia village limits because of the potential of connecting to village water service.

Officials noted the village may not be able to provide sewer service to the town because of capacity limits -- a fact that could hinder residential growth outside the village.

Supervisor Donald Steger said officials are focusing on future water service for the town and not planning for sewers.

The comprehensive plan is considered a road map for directing and controlling growth and development while also preserving valuable agricultural land.

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