JOHNSTOWN - The Fulton County Planning Board has approved the town of Mayfield's new comprehensive plan, saying it will have a positive effect on tourism and the economy of the town.
The board approval followed a state-required review of the proposed document.
"They thought there will be some positive regional implications," county Senior Planner Sean Geraghty.
Geraghty told the board the town of Mayfield's Comprehensive Plan Committee on April 2 recommended a new plan to the Mayfield Town Board.
Among its recommendations, the plan calls for the town to create "resource hubs" that will provide residents and visitors with small concentrations of centralized essential services such as grocery, convenience and hardware stores, a pharmacy and banks.
The plan also encourages the town to be "regionally recognized" as a destination stop where people can enjoy year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, expanded hiking and snowmobile trails and increased access to the Great Sacandaga Lake. The town Planning Board already has solicited public comments throughout the process and held several public sessions for the community.
The draft plan states that in 2032, the town of Mayfield will be a "diverse, yet community-minded population living in a predominantly rural atmosphere and lifestyle complimented by a strong commercial tax base." In addition to the resource hubs, the plans says an attractive mix of residential and light commercial uses will be located along the major state highways in the town.
"Such uses will complement the rustic, natural, outdoor, open and Adirondack look and feel of the town," the plan says.
The town will feature a low town property tax rate and a responsible town government, the plan says. Affordable housing choices will be available for senior citizens and young families.
"A diversified economy will exist that will accommodate and compliment new high-tech businesses providing jobs for local residents," the plan says. "Year-round tourism shall remain a vital and integral component of the town's economy. Well-planned and strategically located areas of commercial development will have significantly expanded the town's tax base."
Year-round hotel and bed-and-breakfast facilities will provide attractive visitor accommodations, the plan says.
"The town's diversified economy, scenic beauty, natural resources, year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, affordable housing, low tax rates and educational resources will make Mayfield an attractive place to live in, visit and do business," the plan says.
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