Public can share thoughts with council on zoning proposals

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The public can weigh in on proposed changes to the city’s zoning codes at a hearing before this week’s Common Council meeting.

The seven-member body meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St. The public hearing is at 6:50 p.m. To view the agenda, visit romenewyork.com/common-council/.

Included in the proposed zoning changes are redistricting on Griffiss and new regulations for shipping containers and tractor trailers.

On Griffiss’ southeast entrance on Wright Drive, the new codes would rename the “High Technology Corporate Development” subdistrict to “Skyline Gateway” and will expand the allowed uses of the zone. Freight terminals, warehouses and healthcare facilities will be permitted, to encourage “flexibility of development.”

The shipping container codes will allow the use of such in any district in the city without a permit, provided they are used for “loading and unloading” and are removed within 14 days. Longer periods of use will need Zoning Board of Appeals approval.

The containers can’t be stacked or lived in, and must be placed on paved surfaces.

The tractor trailer codes also prohibit their use as permanent storage, but allow temporary on-site storage of tractor trailers in Commercial District lots for five days.

Trucks being temporarily stored under that provision must be on a paved surface and must be 20 feet “from any lot line.”

Presently, there are no rules on the use of either as storage containers, Chief Codes Enforcement Officer Mark Domenico has said.

Councilors will also review a measure to authorize City Hall to pay back taxes on 19 properties recently acquired through foreclosure. The taxes and fees total $149,365.91.

The body may vote to authorize city employees to attend training seminars, as well. Two Codes Enforcement officers are seeking approval to attend a course in Canandaigua in May for $297, and two Community and Economic Development officials seek approval to attend a Toms River, New Jersey training on April 30 for $1,100.

The council is also reviewing donations for
a pair of upcoming city events.

The Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor of the National Park Service will give the city $500 for Locktoberfest.

Cinema Capitol, Copperccino’s, Brenda’s Natural Foods, Copper City Brewing Company, Zensations, Engelbert’s, Full Lotus Yoga, Edible Arrangements, Ace Hardware, Just Teasin’ hair salon and Pizza Hut will make donations totaling $481.95 for prizes in the city’s Adult Easter Egg Hunt which will be held on Friday, April 19.

Councilors are also expected to approve closure of North Washington Street along the City Hall green on April 19, to make way for food vendors during the Easter egg hunt.

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