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DeWitt: Zoning update complete

Robb said that the high tech zones wouldn't just be Silicon Valley companies going into these areas. He stressed that the new high tech zones will also allow for businesses like retail, restaurants, cafes, hotels and motels.

An area on East Seneca Turnpike between Taylor and Gates Roads was going to change to a residential area, but it was instead left as a business zone.

Another change was to make an area off 481, bordering the Cicero line, into a high tech zone. In the first draft, the parcel of land was going to be an industrial zone.

One of the biggest changes is the so-called "good neighbor clause." With this new provision, the town will not grant permits to any residence or business that is not up to codes. This means that if a homeowner or business is not up to code, property changes will not be allowed. Robb said that this is to ensure that the standards of the town are met, and the people comply with the law.

Area businesses may enjoy some new opportunities under the code changes. Local business owners will now have their choice of signage. With the old code, owners were only allowed to display wall signs. With the new plan owners may chose window and free standing ones as well. Local business owners who came to talk about changing the signs brought this matter to the attention of the group.

In all, Robb said that around 200 people came to talk about the changes to the code. Several public meetings were held that were well attended.

Robb said that if the plan is approved, it could take affect as early as December. The plan is available online at townofdewitt.com. The DeWitt Town Board will hold hearing on the new plan at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and at 7:40 p.m. on Nov. 22. Both hearing will be held at the DeWitt Town Hall on Butternut Drive.

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