Over the last 50 years, the Community of Jamesville has transitioned from a suburban, predominately blue collar ‘small town’ collection of farms and families to a diverse multicultural/socioeconomic reservoir of families and individuals seeking an attractive, Syracuse-proximate, ‘small town’ where people settle with their families, and visitors come to experience open space, heritage, unique shops and eateries, and one of the highest educationally rated school districts in New York. The Jamesville Community, poised for growth, is working through the development of a Master Plan to insure that future growth and development, are wisely guided to foster the community’s economic and environmental well-being, historic character, and optimal use of recreational and cultural resources.
The Jamesville community has a long and active history of involvement in local issues, planning and organizing efforts. In 2001, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners and Environmental Design and Research (EDR), produced the Onondaga County Settlement Plan, a regional plan featuring eight ‘Pilot Projects’, one of which was the Jamesville Hamlet Extension. The Plan was to be “prepared by the municipality in advance of growth” and “knits together previous growth and provides a framework for future development, in an integrated road network, which also improves pedestrian access throughout the area.” The pilot plan included three drawings articulating how a newly connected street network, civic buildings, and zoning might be organized to improve hamlet traffic flow, accessibility, land uses, and aesthetics.
The Town of Dewitt 2002 Comprehensive Plan recommends addressing planning issues in the Hamlet of Jamesville including:
• Maintaining the historic integrity of the Hamlet
• Supporting a variety of new and compatible land use activities
• Adjusting to traffic increases, and
• Providing water and sewer services to accommodate new growth
Although the Town’s 2008 Hamlet Zoning set forth a framework for development in terms of regulation, uses and standards; the Jamesville community’s vision for appropriate development, preservation, and smart growth are a work in progress needed for the development of a master plan that can guide Town decision-making for the Hamlet. A recent (July 22, 2012) Jamesville Main Street Visioning Event was held at the former Firehouse by the Jamesville Community Task Force including representatives from the Jamesville Chamber of Commerce, Jamesville Community Museum, Jamesville Ecumenical Food Pantry, Fiddler’s Green Park Association, Jamesville Positive Action Committee (JAMPAC), and Jamesville residents.
The agenda for the 2012 visioning event was to:
• Better understand the values of its citizens and use them as a basis for planning
• Identify trends and forces that are affecting the community
• Articulate a big-picture view to guide short-term decisions and long-term initiatives, and
• Develop tools to achieve its vision
During this visioning, general categories of issues were discussed and commented on by participants, including: Preservation, Business/Services, Recreation/Parks/Trails, Main Street Improvements, and Past/Present/Future of the Old Firehouse. Following the visioning event, task force members met with the Town of DeWitt and New York State representatives to obtaining grant funding in support of these priorities, and a local resident and architect volunteered services in preparing preliminary concepts for reuse of the old firehouse building.
During the spring and summer of 2015, through a planning grant made available to the Town of Dewitt through the ‘Vision CNY Regional Partnership for Comprehensive Planning Project,’ the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB), supported by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Cleaner, Greener Communities program, began working with a reassembled community working committee to follow-up on previous efforts, and work with the Town and community toward establishing the Hamlet of Jamesville Master Plan.
Jamesville Hamlet Master Plan Final Draft
Local Context Diagram
Regional Context Diagram
SMTC Tech Memo #2
Transportation Assessment Draft