Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — The Orleans County Planning Board gave a positive recommendation Thursday to the proposed update to the Town and Village of Albion’s comprehensive plan.
The board’s approval leaves only municipal approval as the final step in a two-year process to set specific and general guidelines for how to encourage smart growth in the town and village.
Barbara Johnston, the Stuart I. Brown Associations senior planner who guided the development of the plan, detailed the update to the planning board Thursday.
Johnson said the changes represent the views that local leaders and residents are the most emphatic about — protecting farms from commercial development in the town, encouraging residential development in the village, and precluding any additional land fill development.
“The plan addresses land use, residential neighborhoods, agriculture, infrastructure and commercial development,” Johnston said.
Town Codes Enforcement Officer Dan Strong and Ron Vendetti, his counterpart in the village, both answered questions about the plan, which updates a 1996 plan covering both municipalities and the Town of Barre.
Strong said that the land use changes recommended in the plan would bring the local zoning districts in line with not only preferred development but with longstanding uses of properties, like the Freeman’s Cycle shop on State Highway 31.
“(The rezoning) makes it match what it is used for,” Strong said.
In the village, one of the largest changes is turning a wide swath of the neighborhoods west of Main Street from a multi-family to single-family zoning. Vendetti said the goal is to return the deteriorating large houses that have been split into apartments over the past few decades to their original standing.
County Senior Planner Jim Bensley said that aside from unresolved questions about the future of Albion’s bridge infrastructure there was little to worry about in the proposed plan.