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Lewis heading toward hearing on Comprehensive Plan

Lewis Supervisor David Blades

Lewis Supervisor David Blades Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The town of Lewis is closing in on a Comprehensive Plan to present to the public in the coming months.

Supervisor David Blades said the town has scheduled two more Comprehensive Plan Committee meetings to be held Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis Town Hall before moving forward with a draft plan for the public to weigh in on.

At recent public forums on the matter, residents have voiced their thoughts on the welfare of the town and where they would like to see it go in the future.

“When we have advertised the public forums, it has generated a lot of interest and people at the meetings,” Blades said. “When we sent out our surveys, we also received a lot of response to them.”

If the final three meetings go smoothly, town officials hope to have a Comprehensive Plan adopted by March.

“Lewis and Crown Point are the only two towns in the area I am aware of that do not have any form of comprehensive planning on file,” Blades said. “When you look for grants and funding, often times you will lose out on funding without a comprehensive plan. That is why it is important to get these done.”

Blades said that he wants a plan that gives community leaders a composite view of how residents want to see their community grow in coming years.

“We would take all of this information and then look at one or two of the big priorities and try to go forward with those first,” he said. “Two of the biggest things that we have been hearing right now is the need for broadband and cell phone service.”

More information on the Lewis Comprehensive Planning process can be obtained at the town hall or online at lewisny.com.

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