COOPERSTOWN, NY – A public hearing was held at the Board of Trustees meeting in Cooperstown Monday concerning proposed changes to local zoning laws.
Specifically zoning laws regarding housing regulations that among other things, would allow for dormitories in the village.
Some board members feel the changes would make housing more readily available and affordable.
However, residents like Marc Kingsley don’t feel the village’s image should be sacrificed for such a plan.
“I’m afraid that the zoning changes will forever change the character of the village. That could affect our quality of life, it could affect tourists coming here. I just don’t want to see us becoming another Saratoga Springs or maybe even Oneonta.”
No vote was taken on the issue, the board instead deciding to make significant changes to the proposed zoning law after receiving input from residents at the public hearing.
These changes will be presented to the public, and residents will have the chance to voice their opinions one again at a future public hearing.