April 16, 2005

Dryden population to grow 15% this decade

An excellent article in this morning's Ithaca Journal about sewer systems (or their lack) around the county includes this bit of news I hadn't heard:

The Claritas numbers indicate the towns of Enfield, Dryden, Caroline and Lansing are each expected to grow by at least 15 percent between 2000 and 2009; Enfield by almost 20 percent.

Of those four towns, only Dryden offers water and sewer services. It is also the only town with the convenience of a centrally located grocery store as the Village of Lansing's two grocery stores are perched on the town's southern edge.

I'm not sure on what basis Claritas is making that forecast, but if that kind of growth is coming this way - and as the article points out, Dryden has vastly more convenience than competing towns - then the Comprehensive Plan and its implementation suddenly loom much larger than if we were still in the low growth rates of recent decades.

There's more in the article about Dryden, specifically the problems for growth brought on by the maximum capacity of the Village of Dryden's wastewater plant, which it shares with the town. (There are a lot of issues to sort out in that conversation.)

For those who want to reduce their impact on sewer and septic systems, the Journal offers advice on how to reduce water use, including former Dryden Town Board member Deb Grantham's concerns on the impact of using drains for waste disposal.

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