Mayfield updates comprehensive plan

MAYFIELD – The Town Board accepted a new comprehensive plan Thursday night.

Only a few residents took the opportunity to speak about the plan at a hearing before the vote took place.

Aaron Howland said the plan is an improvement over the previous document.

“I feel that it is a much better plan because it gives people a little more freedom with their property,” Howland said.

The Comprehensive Plan Committee has been working on the update for the last two and a half years, according to Town Board member Vincent Coletti.

Members of the board agreed the plans allows more flexibility in areas marked for mixed uses.

According to the plan, mixed- use areas would include single- and multiple-family homes and some commercial uses. The classification would have a predominant residential character. The commercial uses in this classification would be small businesses, not large “big box”- type businesses.

Town Board member Charles Morrison said people seemed more comfortable with the updated plan.

“They can live with it,” Morrison said.

Officials discussed concerns about the possible Mayfield-Northville school district merger. The comprehensive plan does not address the possibility of changes associated with the merger.

Town Attorney Carmel Greco said it could be altered at a later date to reflect any changes.

The plan also calls for the town to create “resource hubs” that will provide residents and visitors with small concentrations of centralized essential services such as grocery, convenience and hardware stores, a pharmacy and banks.

The plan also expresses the desire for the town to be “regionally recognized” as a destination where people can enjoy year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, expanded hiking and snowmobile trails and increased access to the Great Sacandaga Lake.

The draft plan states that in 2032, the town will be a “diverse, yet community-minded population living in a predominantly rural atmosphere and lifestyle complimented by a strong commercial tax base.”

It calls for an attractive mix of residential and light commercial uses along the major state highways, complimenting the town’s “rustic, natural, outdoor, open and Adirondack look and feel.”