Crego Farm Frequently Asked Questions
The Planning Board will hold informational meetings once more concrete proposals are submitted and meetings will be announced under Planning Board Meeting Minutes & Agendas.
1. Will the proposed community have any commercial properties?
No, the zone change request under consideration to the Town is strictly for residential use.
2. Will there be a connection to Hunter Drive from the proposed community?
Yes, however the access will be gated and for emergency access only (i.e. fire department, ambulance, police). This access will allow emergency services another entry to both the proposed community and to the Comstock Tract. There is one lot on the proposed plan that fronts Hunter Drive and vehicle from that home would travel through the Comstock Tract.
3. Will the proposed community be connected to sanitary sewers?
Yes, the proposed community would be connected to the Onondaga County sewer system.
4. Will the new community provide sewers to the Comstock Tract?
No, however sewer connections would be provided at the new community should the Comstock tract wish to pursue sewers in the future.
5. Will the proposed community raise my assessment and property taxes?
No, the proposed community will be its own separate neighborhood for assessments.
6. What outside agencies will be asked for input on the proposed community?
Currently the list of agencies include:
- Syracuse Onondaga County Planning Agency (SOCPA)
- Onondaga County Department of Water and Environment Protection (OCDWEP)
- Onondaga County Department of Transportation (OCDOT)
- Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA)
- Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department
- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
- NYS Parks and Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
- NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)
- NYS Canal Corps
- Village of Baldwinsville
- Baldwinsville Central School District
- United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
- Greater Baldwinsville Ambulance Corps (GBAC)
- Northwest Fire District
- National Grid
- Buckeye Pipeline
7. How would the new community impact local traffic?
According to the developer’s Traffic Impact Study (TIS), a majority of the traffic from the proposed community would travel along Crego Road. Most of that traffic would turn right towards NYS 690. The TIS states that a dedicated right turn lane would be required on Crego Rd. at the Crego Rd. Downer St intersection. The TIS is available for review on the Town’s website
8. What is being done to identify and preserve potential cultural/historical items on the Crego Farm property?
As part of Planning Board’s review and SEQR process, SHPO’s Department of Historic Preservation (DHP) will be contacted for their input for identification and preservation of historical artifacts. It should be noted that the Town has already been in contact with the DHP regarding the proposed project.
9. Will there be sidewalks to the Village or along Crego Rd as part of the development?
The idea for sidewalks will be part of the Planning Board’s review process.
10. Why has the developer asked for a zone change to Planned Unit Development (PUD)?
The Town’s Code includes a PUD zoning to allow for mixed uses on a parcel. In the case of the Crego Farm property, the Developer has asked for a zone change to PUD to allow for varying single home lot sizes/setbacks and for apartment buildings. It should be noted that the PUD zone does have provisions for commercial uses; however, the zone change request for the proposed community has no commercial components.
11. Would the proposed apartments be subsidized or Section 8 housing?
No, the apartments will be marketed and rented as “market rate”
Crego Farm Planned Unit Development Review Process
The developer submits a request of zone change to the Town Board (Done for Crego farm 2/17/2021)
- The Town receives the zone change request and formally sends the request to the Planning/Zoning Board for review (Done for Crego farm 2/17/2021)
- The Town will hold at least two public information meetings (PIM). These PIMs have been scheduled for 3/23/2021 and 3/25/2021. Due to Covid occupancy restrictions these meetings will be held live through Zoom.
- At their 3/9/2021 meeting, the Planning/Zoning Board will acknowledge the Town Board request for recommendation.
- At a future meeting (April 2021 or later), the Planning/Zoning Board will review the preliminary documents, review public comment received during PIMs, and form a PUD committee. The PUD committee will work with the developer to establish the zoning requirements specific to their site through a series of meetings.
- As part of their review, the Planning/Zoning Board will complete the SEQR process. The Full Environmental Assessment Form (EAF) and project proposal documents will be sent out to agencies that may have interest/input on the project. For the Crego Farm project those agencies will include SHPO, NYSDEC, NYS Canal Corp, NYSDOT, OCDOT, Village of Baldwinsville, US Army Corps, OCWA, OCDWEP, emergency services, and Baldwinsville CSD. All of these agencies will have the opportunity to comment on the project proposal.
- Comments and concerns raised by these agencies will need to be addressed by the developer and acceptance documentation must be received from the agencies before the process moves forward. In the case of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), they may recommend based upon known conditions and/or previous reports, that an archeological review take place before they will send an acceptance letter. If an archeological review is recommended by SHPO, the Town will require the developer to have an archeological review prepared. Once acceptance is granted from the agencies the Town has satisfied their obligation of due diligence.
- The Planning/Zoning Board will review the project plans to insure conformance with design standards for roadways, drainage, sanitary sewer and other infrastructure.
- The Planning/Zoning Board may hold a Public Hearing for the developer to present the project to the Public, and the Public can ask questions and/or raise concerns to the Planning/Zoning Board.
- The Planning/Zoning Board will refer the project to Onondaga County Planning for review and comment.
- If and when all of the outside agencies and Town requirements have been satisfied, the Planning and Zoning Board will make a positive recommendation to the Town Board.
- Once a recommendation from the Planning/Zoning Board is received, the Town Board will schedule a public hearing on the zone change.
- Only after the recommendation is received from the Planning/Zoning Board, after having received input from all interested and involved agencies, and after the public hearing will the Town Board vote on the zone change request.
To watch the March 23, 2021 Informational Meeting on Proposed Crego Farm Development click here
To view the study click here