Now, the town of Canandaigua will negotiate with the Wegman Cos. for road and sewer improvements in exchange for rezoning.

In a 3 to 2 straw vote Tuesday night, the Town Board opted to let a controversial 144-home development off Routes 5 and 20 proceed through the approval process.
The debate hinged on whether the plans were in keeping with the town's comprehensive plan, meant to guide long-term development decisions.

Supervisor Lloyd Kinnear and Councilmen Ralph Brandt and Brad Purdy said yes; Councilwoman Marion Cassie and Councilman David Dawson said no.

"The applicant provided several examples of how the project fit the comprehensive plan," said Brandt.

Rochester-based real estate developer Wegman Cos. has faced public disapproval at several hearings over the past few months over its proposed Villas at Canandaigua: a development of 36 clustered units of condominiums on 49 acres south of Routes 5 and 20, between Middle Cheshire Road and Parrish Street Extension.

Cassie said the Villas is the "antithesis of what's called for in the comprehensive plan," which seeks to "maintain the rural character" of the southern corridor.

Dawson said he disagreed with Brandt that the comprehensive plan is a "dynamic document" in need of review and reinterpretation.

"I'm much more inclined to take it very literally," said Dawson, who has repeatedly questioned the validity of the traffic study provided by Wegman Cos.

Despite requests by Cassie and Dawson to scrap the project altogether, the town will take the next step and draw up a list of add-ons it wants the developer to provide in exchange for the town rezoning the property.

Items reviewed during Tuesday night’s workshop included an extension of a sewer line to serve nearby residents along Middle Cheshire Road, at a cost of approximately $21,000; a blank check for parks and recreation totalling $71,000; and the addition of a right-hand turning lane at the intersection of Middle Cheshire Road and Routes 5 and 20 that could cost as much as $200,000.

The town will continue its discussion at a workshop scheduled for Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.

Philip Anselmo can be reached at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 322, or at panselmo@mpnewspapers.com.