I’ll be chairing the February 2016 meeting of the Planning and Economic Development Committee this Wednesday, February 10th, at 6pm in Council Chambers. Here’s the agenda. A quick run down of the meeting:
- Public Hearings – we’re holding two public hearings, the first on a proposed new “temporary mandatory planned unit development” zone for the Waterfront, the second on a proposed change to our cell tower ordinance. You can find information on both these subjects below.
- Presentation on Brindley Street Bridge project – this is a topic that was before Council a year ago, and now it’s back. You know that little bridge near Trombley Tire and Auto that people use as a shortcut to get to Wegmans from West State Street? It’s in serious need of repair. The question is whether we want to rebuild the bridge in its current location or extend Taughannock Boulevard to create a new bridge over the Cayuga Inlet. See agenda for more info.
Voting to send on to March Council meeting (Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 6pm in Council Chambers):
- Request for Neighborhood Incentive Improvement Fund for South Hill Civic Association Website – South Hill Civic Association wants to create a website, and they are asking for a small amount of city funds to do it.
- Temporary Mandatory Planned Unit Development” for the Waterfront – kind of a mouthful. Basically this would create a special “planned unit development” zone that would give Common Council more oversight on any potential development that happens on the Waterfront. The Waterfront is a critical area, and we want to make sure that future development fits with our comprehensive plan. See the agenda for more info.
- Street Level Active Uses – a zoning change that would “active uses” in ground-level storefronts on the Commons. Based on a similar requirement in Collegetown, this one is proving to be more difficult downtown. It came before Council in January, but was sent back to committee for more clarification on just what we mean when we say “active use.” See agenda for more info.
Voting to “circulate” (basically this means that we send a proposal out to the public for feedback; the proposal will come back to the committee next month for further consideration):
- Backyard Chickens Pilot Program – everyone’s favorite topic. After a discussion last fall, we’re proposing to move forward with a pilot program. See agenda for more info.
- Changes to Planned Unit Development ordinance – a minor change that make it will make it easier for Common Council to approve a Planned Unit Development for multi-phased projects. See agenda for more info.
- Proposal to Reduce Cell Tower Fall Zone – the city has received a request to reduce our cell tower fall zone to make room for a development on South Hill. Currently, the fall zone is twice the height of the tower. It appears this might be higher than is standard practice in other cities. The question is whether we want to reduce it. See the agenda for more info.
- Cayuga Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan – The Cayuga Lake Watershed Inter-municipal Organization is seeking input from municipalities to identify priority issues that should be included in the updated Cayuga Watershed Restoration and Protection Plan. We figured Planning was a good place to take this discussion.
Again, here’s a link to the agenda. You can watch a live stream of the meeting here. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. Thanks!- Seph