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Height variance causes stir in Cicero

By Brett Findlay

With the recent events of economic development in Cicero, a town code has been brought to the forefront. Four separate business owners have wanted to bring their buildings to Cicero thus far but wanted to have greater heights, 60 feet, than the current code allows, 35 feet. This is no more.

At the board meeting on Jan. 7 the maximum building height allowed in General Commercial Plus (GCP) was up to vote on. The town sent a referral for a moratorium to the Onondaga County Planning Board (OCPB) prior to the meeting in order to have the power to change the height to 60 feet.

A letter from the OCPB made that possible. The letter to the town of Cicero read, "The proposed local law (Cicero) amends Chapter 210 of the town code and states Section 210-16(C), row commencing with GCP, is modified to replace the maximum height of 35 feet with a maximum building height of 60 feet. The amendment to the local law also states that the minimum building line of 100 feet, a minimum lot depth of 200 feet, a minimum front yard of 50 feet, a minimum rear yard of 25 feet, a minimum side yard of 15 feet, a maximum building coverage of 40 percent and a maximum building height of 60 feet." Essentially the letter set the parameters for building codes in the area.

The letter continued, "Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Onondaga County Planning Board has determined that said referral will have no significant adverse inter-community or county-wide implications and may consequently be acted on solely by the referring board."

The town is well within its rights to change the maximum building height to 60 feet. The town voted and passed the motion to change the maximum building height to 60 feet.

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