Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Town of Ovid Postpones Public Hearing for Comprehensive Plan
The Public Hearing for the recently completed Town of Ovid Comprehensive Plan, originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, is being adjourned to a later date, to ensure proper legal notification and to allow more time for public review of the draft document.
Upon consultation with the Town Board, Attorney Steven Getman recommended that the hearing take place in December, to allow the Town Clerk time to file a legal written notice, keeping the procedure within the requirements of NY State Law.
Postponement will also provide more time for residents to review recommended revisions to a small section of the plan. Those revisions involve minor “corrections” to three paragraphs, which were requested by the Steering Committee but inadvertently omitted from the version that was published for public review. The page impacted has been posted online, with copies made available at the Town Clerks office and at the Library in Ovid. While the corrections cannot be made prior to the public hearing, the Town Board wanted the Steering Committee’s intended language to be part of the review process.
The Town Board is expected to formalize and announce the new date/time of the Public Hearing at its meeting on Wednesday. It is anticipated that the Public Hearing will be rescheduled for 7 pm, during the Town Board’s regularly scheduled meeting on December 12.
“This adjournment will ensure that extraordinary measures have been taken to inform all stakeholders of the Public Hearing,” said Town Attorney Steven Getman. “From its very beginning, this planning process has been guided by the Town Board’s strong encouragement for all residents to get involved,” Getman stated.
“We hope residents take this opportunity to read the proposed plan, and attend the meeting,” he concluded.