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Milo's comprehensive plan address town's unique nature

PENN YAN—Three years of hard work are nearing completion on a new comprehensive plan for the town of Milo. Efforts of committee composed of town officials and residents, assisted by consultants and including input from a massive survey have been distilled into a document that was presented for the first time at the town hall April 8. While not law, comprehensive plans are land use guidelines for the future for municipalities and are often used as supporting documents when municipalities make grant applications.
Consultant Tom Harvey reviewed the executive summary, which is a short outline of recommendations made in the plan during the meeting, noting agriculture dominates the town. Milo is one of the most diverse towns in Yates County, due in part to its location. The village of Penn Yan is within the town and outside village limits, land uses range from vacant land to intensive development along the shores of Keuka and Seneca Lakes.
The plan addresses areas such as agriculture, design standards and guidelines, erosion control, flood damage prevention, intermunicipal cooperation, water issues and perhaps the most significant—zoning. Harvey said the rural character of the town is very important, especially to businesses, a comment he said was heard over and over during the process. He said the plan had a very active land use and lakefront committee. The need for erosion control, Keuka Lake level control and noise were areas of interest.
During a comment period that followed Harvey’s presentation, several Seneca lakeshore property owners expressed concern about proposed zoning in the Hall/Raplee Road area, noting they want it to remain zoned commercial. Harvey responded, “The whole purpose of the meeting is to collect comments from the community.” There will be more opportunities for the community to comment on the plan and more changes may be made after additional comment and study prior to adoption of a comprehensive plan by the town board.
Audience member Rob Draxler said, “This is a unique area, the two lakes are bookends around an agricultural area. I applaud your effort. There has been a lot of work done.”

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