"Residents would not be able to get mortgages [and] insurers would not insure the property if the town won't let them rebuild, making their property essentially worthless," said Planning and Development Commissioner Dick Robb. "We realized we had gone too far," he said.
"It's a good improvement over the old law," said Kerry Mannion, town councilor and chair of the Zoning Update Committee.
To view the town zoning updates now fully implemented, go to townofdewitt.com/zoningupdates.
In other action:
The DeWitt Town Board agreed to meet with residents of Kittell Road after Police Chief Eugene Conway presented a letter of petition to the board that was initiated by Anthony Anello.
Those living on the busy road are concerned with high speed traffic -- an ongoing issue that dates back as far as 1997, Conway said, adding that the most recent correspondence between residents and the town resulted in a four-way stop at the intersection of Kittell and Hobson roads.
To fix the problem, one resident requested installing a temporary speed bump, Conway said, while other options were placing a stop sign halfway to the intersection, and having a consistent police presence, along with a reduced and enforced speed limit, currently posted as 30 miles per hour.
Conway said police are patrolling the area, and two additional traffic surveys will be done, one this summer when school is out; another no later than November. In the past, traffic surveys were also done in 1997 and 2000.
Supervisor Ed Michalenko and the board agreed to set up a time to meet with concerned residents to discuss the issues at hand and come up with an acceptable solution.
The board will next meet on at 7:30 p.m. Monday June 23 at Jamesville Elementary School in the cafeteria. The school is located at 6409 East Seneca Turnpike in Jamesville.