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CURRENT AND ONGOING PROJECTS

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2016 Signature Project

CACDA’s Signature Project for 2016 is to build consensus and implement projects to support and strengthen our community core.  This has included development of an inventory of commercial space and implementation of a survey of the community to determine the gaps that exist in goods and services offered locally.  The next step includes identifying strategies to encourage new businesses in areas where gaps are identified. Learn more about this initiative.

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2015 Signature Project

CACDA's Signature Project for 2015 was to strengthen the communication, understanding, and support for the newly established Amish Community in our area.

In 2015 we sponsored a lecture by the Amish community and installed two hitching rails.

 

 

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2014 Signature Project - Bike Caz

CACDA’s Signature Project for 2014 was to support a safe,healthy community and environment through encouraging bicycling as a recreational activity and a means of transportation.  Through this initiative, we are elevating our visibility as a cycling destination and encouraging visitors to stay and enjoy our local attractions.

To date we have installed several bike racks, held a bike safety day and a snow bike race, and developed a Ride with GPS program.

 

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2013 Signature Project - www.GoCaz.com

CACDA’s Signature Project for 2013 was to create visibility and encourage use of our vast trail network and recreational amenities in Cazenovia.  This project was possible through grants from the Central New York Community Foundation, the Gifford Foundation, AmeriCU Credit Union, the Cazenovia Lions Club, and numerous individual donations.  Through comprehensive mapping of our trails, parks and cultural amenities, we  created an activity-driven interactive website that promotes multi-seasonal sports and recreational opportunities.  Additionally, art trailwe will use this information to identify future trail connections to and through the village.

 

Creekside Park

CACDA successfully secured funding for the development of a new village park along Chittenango Creek on Riverside Drive.  Design of the park is underway and construction is anticipated to be complete in the spring of 2017.

 

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Lakeland Park Hand Boat Launch

A hand boat launch for kayaks and canoes will be constructed along the canal at Lakeland Park with funding from the NYS Canal Corporation.  This project will serve to repair the canal wall as well.  The canal provides access to a very unique scenic experience for paddlers to enjoy by connecting users to a wonderful section of Chittenango Creek.

 

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RecDesk

The RecDesk website will serve as a "virtual community center" and will provide one single location for residents to visit to get involved in local activities. This project is a collaboration among several local organizations and will improve communication of existing programs and reduce the administrative burden on local volunteer organizations.

 

 

Micro-hydro Demonstration Project

CACDA successfully secured funding for the expansion of the town micro-hydroelectricity generation facility located on Mill Street in the hamlet of New Woodstock.  This expansion will use the existing infrastructure to generate electricity that will offset town energy usage at other sites such as the highway garage.  CACDA also secured funding for the development of interpretive displays at this site which will describe old versus new technology and highlight the original iron waterwheel that is still located at the site.

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Greater Cazenovia Art Trail

CACDA initiated an art trail program to support and encourage the arts in the greater Cazenovia area. The first ever open studio program in Cazenovia was held in the fall of 2012 and is an annual, self-guided tour of artists' studios. This program draws people into the area to support and become educated about art in Cazenovia. The Greater Cazenovia Art Trail program is run by volunteers from both the art community and those who support arts in our community.

 

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CACDA will assist the Town of Cazenovia to work to revise various sections of the zoning law to align with recommendations made in the Town of Cazenovia Farmland Protection Plan.  This project is made possible through a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

 


PAST PROJECTS


Lakeland Park Planning Project

art trailCACDA assisted the Village of Cazenovia in the creation of a vision and master plan for Lakeland Park and the historic Carpenter’s Barn.  This project was made possible through a grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. The plan, which was created with input from the community, addressed opportunities for greater connectivity between the park and the barn and will include suggestions for rehabilitation to enhance public use of the barn, ways to improve pedestrian circulation and access to recreation areas. In addition, a tree planting plan was be developed.


Records Management

CACDA assisted the Town and Village in a joint project to digitize the municipal real property records.  This ensured the preservation of official documents that must be retained in perpetuity. It freed up much needed storage space and allowed staff to easily retrieve needed files.  This project was made possible through funding from NYS Archives.

Sewer District Consolidationart trail

CACDA assisted the Town of Cazenovia in an initiative to consolidate the numerous sewer districts within the Town into one unified district.  This project was made possible through a grant from the NYS Department of State, Local Government Efficiency Program.  The consolidation provideed for ease and best practices in administration and allowed the Town to appropriately set annual budgets for operation and maintenance of the district.

 

crosswalkSafe Routes to School

The purpose of this project is to improve the safety of walking and bicycling to and from the two school campuses within the Village of Cazenovia through efforts to reduce excessive speed by motorists.  In addition, this project will encourage walking and bicycling to school through education of students and parents regarding the safest routes to our schools.

 

Welcome to CazenoviaCazenovia Promotional Video Project

The Cazenovia Promotional video was produced in association with the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce and is an update to the video produced in 1998 titled, Cazenovia, New York – The Perfect Place to Live.  The final product is a YouTube video that highlights the outstanding quality of life that residents and visitors experience in Cazenovia. 

Handbook for Landowners

art trailCACDA assisted the Town of Cazenovia in the development of a booklet titled “Handbook for Landowners - Understanding the Tools, Opportunities, and Financial Implications of Farmland Protection”. This booklet was developed with funding from the NYS Scenic Byways Program.

The purpose of this booklet is to provide landowners and prospective landowners with clear, concise information regarding the various protections and incentives that make owning land and protecting open space more affordable.  The booklet provides information on such topics as:  agricultural districts, agricultural assessments, farm and forest land tax exemptions and tax credits, agricultural protection zoning, conservation easements, purchase of development rights, and the right-to-farm law.  «download»

Cazenovia Beverage Trailart trail

CACDA assisted in the establishment of a beverage tourism trail in the Greater Cazenovia area.  This was possible through a grant from Empire State Development through the Regional Tourism Marketing Initiative.  The purpose of this marketing project was to utilize cooperative marketing efforts to increase the overall touristic draw of the region and the trail members.  The project included the development and implementation of a marketing campaign.  The development, branding and marketing of the Cazenovia Beverage Trail has a direct, positive economic impact on our region through increased tourism.

Carpenters Barn

Carpenters Barn projectAfter several years of planning and collaboration among many partners, the initial rehabilitation of Carpenter’s Barn was completed. This work was funded by a State Implementation Program grant of $250,000 secured through Assemblyman William Magee and a grant of $133,965 through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. CACDA partnered with the Village of Cazenovia to complete the EPF application and has been responsible for administration of both grants.  Originally constructed as a carriage barn for the Carpenter estate, the large stone structure is located along the southeast side of Lakeland Park. Carpenter's Barn is owned by the Village of Cazenovia and is listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Preservation. Over the years, the barn suffered structural damage and was greatly in need of repairs.  Preserving the structure has been key to moving forward on a viable future use for Carpenter’s Barn. The Village is now in a position to begin planning for a future use for this community landmark.

 

farmAgriculture and Farmland Protection Plans

The Towns of Nelson, Cazenovia & Lincoln have worked together over the past two years to develop agriculture and farmland protection plans with assistance and funding that was secured by CACDA from the NYS Dept of Ag & Markets.  Farmers, elected officials and landowners from each of the three towns worked with a consultant from Stuart I Brown Associates to complete the plans.

 

Purchase of Development Rights Programpurchase of development rights

CACDA was a facilitating partner in permanently protecting 216 acres at Critz Farms and also assisted in protecting more than 600 acres of valuable soil in the Cazenovia area.  For more information see the following links:

Press release

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

American Farmland Trust

 

Shoreline Renovation

Cazenovia Lake shoreline projectMore than 30 local residents volunteered their time and energy to help renovate the shoreline at Lakeland Park in 2006.  This project included planting indigenous seeds and installing native plants in a 20 foot buffer zone between the grass and the water’s edge.  This project benefited the community by enhancing Cazenovia Lake water quality, providing better wildlife habitat and reducing maintenance on the site.  It also provides an example of best practices.

 

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Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA)
95 Albany Street   •   Cazenovia, NY 13035
Executive Director:
Lauren Lines
EMAIL  
lines@cacda.net
(315)655-7651  •   FAX (315)655-7129