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Hastings Continues Review of Comprehensive Plan

With a soundtrack of thunder roaring outside, the Hastings Board of Trustees met Thursday night to further review the Proposed Comprehensive Plan.

The Board of Trustees met to a mostly empty hall room to publicly review the environmental assessment filled out by the village regarding the project and the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan. The plan is under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. This plan provides an overall vision for the Village of Hastings for the next five to 10 years. It is more or less a grand plan for the village as it asks its residents what persona they want the village to take on, what they want built in the village and to go over what is and what isn't working.

"The Comprehensive Plan is not the project, but rather strategies and objectives," said Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski.

The Proposed Comprehensive Plan was created in Hastings with three main goals in mind: foster economic development, promote environmental stability and protect and enhance community character. The plan was created and began meeting twice a month in October 2007. Many of the concerns of the Proposed Comprehensive Plan are recurring issues voiced by the community, including economic development, environmental sustainability and preservation of community character.

The panel of board members discussed various general questions regarding the proposed plan and whether it would have any negative impacts on the village.

"It seems to me it's impossible for us to imagine all the negative impacts," said Board of Trustees member Bruce Jennings.

Jennings said that the plan obviously intends only positive outcomes for the village, but Hastings is in a way safeguarded because of the scrutinizing process any projects must go through before being passed.

There were questions regarding how the various projects may affect the village, such as whether or not it would affect the water quality or quantity in Hastings. Swiderski responded with a no, going as far to emphasize that it was an "unambiguous no."

The members expressed that there had been a lot of commentary about the project from the community, but not much, if any, controversy. The board reminded those in attendance that the Proposed Comprehensive Plan is not talking about any specific actions, rather merely laying the groundwork for future projects in the village.

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