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Comprehensive plan moving forward

The Fredonia Planning and Zoning boards, working on the village's comprehensive plan for more than a year, discussed the plan's progress and direction with Wendel Duchscherer representatives Tuesday night.

Ellen Parker of Wendel Duchscherer met with Mayor Michael Sullivan, Trustees Susan Mackay and Thomas Brown and John Monaco, village chief code enforcement officer, to get a sense of major issues and concerns. Wendel Duchscherer, based in Amherst, was hired to assemble all data to prepare the document.

Among issues suggested for he 10-year plan are:

* Adequate parking throughout the village and making additional land available for parking, other than in the business district.

* Revert areas of multifamily dwellings to single-family as these dwellings are sold.

* Create more affordable housing for young families.

* Develop ways to attract young professionals to the village.

* Attract "clean" business and industry.

* Continue to develop closer ties with Fredonia State College.

* Revitalize downtown area.

* Preserve the historic nature of the village.

* Bolster the tax base, which is currently decreasing.

* Help encourage the formation of a local development corporation to market the village.

* Stop the decline of owner-occupied homes.

* Increase the variety of entertainment in the village to consider all age groups.

* Designate areas within the village for student housing.

* Develop pedestrian-friendly activities.

* Update the village parks.

* Develop commercial and retail business.

A public meeting on a draft of the the plan will be scheduled.

Thus far, there have been three public meetings and a community survey during the information-gathering phase of the comprehensive plan.

Parker said she hopes the plan will be complete by the end of next spring. Wendel Duchscherer is also working with the Town of Pomfret on its comprehensive plan, which is in the final stages of completion.

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