Hanover Planning Board begins work on comprehensive plan

HANOVER – The first step toward revising Hanover’s comprehensive plan was taken Monday.

Planning Board Chair-woman Carol Depasquale asked each member to read the comprehensive plan and at the next meeting sections would be divided among them for concentrated revision.

Town Board Councilman Kevin O’Connell attended the meeting and said once the planning board revises the comprehensive plan, then there will be a public hearing and a decision from the town board on whether to approve it.

O’Connell said he heard about the town of Dunkirk hiring a consultant to revise its comprehensive plan.

“We need to know if this is something the planning board can do without hiring a consultant,” he said.

Planning Board Member Peter Gibson said he thinks the plan needs to be streamlined but many things like climate and wetlands have not changed.

“We just need to change the project inventory and the goals and objectives. I think we should be able to have something for a public hearing in six months and then we can go from there,” he said.

The board also discussed people and topics for guest speakers at meetings. It was decided Depasquale would contact Kelly Borrello, who was on County Vince Horrigan’s transition team, Dave Wilson, Supervisor of Stockton and stormwater expert to talk about greenspace, someone from the county planning department and a representative from Southern Tier West to speak about comprehensive plans.

Annual training requirements were discussed with workshops to be offered in May and later in the fall.

Ron Brennan was appointed as co-chairman unanimously.

Planning Board members Joan Berner, Patricia Dmacich and Edward Schintzius will be on vacation at the time of the Feb. 17 meeting. The board decided to hold a workshop to divide up the comprehensive plan work until there will be a quorum in March. Depasquale and Dmacich will be absent in March. The planning board will continue to hold its workshop at 7 p.m. and then its meeting and public hearings at 7:30 p.m.