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DeWitt: Zoning in on zones

Michael Wood, owner of an area Stop and Shop, asked that his store be zoned under business transitional instead of residential. He said his land would be worth more this way. Wood also expressed concern that he may be forced out of business under this new code.

Town resident Phyllis Hall expressed concern both she and her neighbors have about the changes to the allowed roof heights. Hall said that the change from 30 feet to 36 feet would diminish the look of the older neighborhoods and would not fit in with existing ranches, capes, and two story houses in these sections of town. She said that this change would allow for the creation of more "McMansions" and urged the town to implement a clause that would prevent such buildings in established neighborhoods.

Businessman and resident Frank Greiner asked that consideration be paid to street vendors in the code. Greiner is owner of "Frank's Franks," a hot dog vendor that works outside of Home Depot stores. Greiner said that he has not been allowed to establish his business in his hometown of DeWitt due to the current laws. He asked that the town allow street vendors in this updated code.

Coal gasification site

Controversy came into play Monday night when John Murphy, owner of the Alpha Jamesville Gravel Pit site, took the mic. Murphy asked that his site remain under the current industrial zone instead of being changed to high tech. Murphy's site was in talks to become a coal gasification plant for Empire SynFuel, owned by Adam Victor. Murphy claimed that, as of late August, the option to buy the property had been dropped.

"The rezoning was clearly a reaction to Victor's proposal which is dead," he said. He added that in the original plan the site was to remain under the old industrial zone.

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