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March 6, 2014

Village to hold town hall March 19

The village's Economic Development and Sustainability Committee  will hold a town-hall style meeting at 7 p.m. on March 19 in the County Courthouse. 

The committee's mission is to find ways to advance economic development that meet the needs of residents without compromising the character of the village. 

Examples of recommendations from the committee that have been adopted as village laws are tax incentives for the redevelopment of upper floors in the business district and outdoor dining on portions of Main and Pioneer streets.

The village’s commercial district will be discussed at the town hall. The commercial district extends from Bruce Hall on Main Street south along the former and current railroad line to include parts of Main Street, Railroad Avenue, Leatherstocking Street, Grove Street, Glen Avenue, Chestnut Street, Walnut Street and Linden Avenue.

The commercial district currently includes a wide variety of uses, from residential houses to offices to retail stores to gas stations. It also includes a few vacant buildings and some vacant land, which officials would like to see developed.

The committee has also been discussing how the zoning law can be streamlined to meet current and future needs in the commercial district, particularly in terms of what activities should be allowed, which should require a special permit and which should not be considered in this area.

Committee members would like to share their ideas with the community and get feedback before making a recommendation regarding a zoning law change for the commercial district to the Board of Trustees. 

The March 19 meeting is the first step, as any change to the Zoning Law would require a formal public hearing at a later date.  

The meeting is open to the public.

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