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Comprehensive plan

This portion of the final draft of Moreau's comprehensive plan update shows areas of farmland in brown, residences in yellow and vacant areas in green. For this area, bounded by Washburn Road to the left and River Road to the right, the plan calls for preserving agricultural uses and encouraging ancillary uses for craft brewers and distillers.

MOREAU — The Town Board continued to clear the way for development along Route 9 with final approval of an updated comprehensive plan.

The board voted unanimously to approve the plan, which has been discussed since February 2016 and has not been seen as controversial.

“This allows us to take the next step in looking at our zoning,” Supervisor Todd Kusnierz said.

He thanked the many people who have worked on the updated plan over the years.

“A lot of work went into this, including members of the public and more than one Town Board and administration,” he said.

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One public hearing helped the town focus on the need to improve traffic, as well as emphasizing that town officials were right to push development into existing areas to “infill” vacant lots rather than expanding into residential neighborhoods.

The final plan developed specific goals, listed below, that should be achieved through proper zoning and decisions from the planning and zoning boards. The entire plan can be seen on the Town of Moreau website.

  • Moreau will function as an economic hub by attracting businesses of all types to employ its residents and by encouraging the growth of agriculture.
  • The town will maintain existing parks and encourage the development of unique recreational facilities and trail systems along the Hudson River.
  • The town will embrace its historic roots through park signs and local promotional efforts.
  • Moreau Industrial Park will welcome diverse, innovative companies.
  • Route 9 and Route 197 will become major commercial corridors by using underutilized building stock and vacant land as locations for businesses, residences and public service providers.
  • Development will fill vacant properties and invigorate underutilized buildings.
  • Sewer and water will be extended along Route 9 and to expanding, developing areas of town.
  • Moreau will become a destination for its proximity to natural resources.
  • The neighborhoods on either side of the Route 9 corridor will continue to provide “an attractive and charming quality” for residents.
  • Moreau will continue to have one of the largest agricultural land stocks in the county by conserving agriculturally viable land, managing subdivision growth, and supporting agribusinesses.
  • The zoning code will encouraging prudent and properly scaled growth.

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You can reach Kathleen Moore at 742-3247 or kmoore@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @ByKathleenMoore or at her blog on www.poststar.com.

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