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Village to continue amending parking zoning

Without a consensus on the board for changes to local zoning, Skaneateles village trustees voted to adjourn an ongoing public hearing until 7 p.m. Aug. 24.

The village board has been trying to amend the zoning for off-street parking in the village and has kept a public hearing open regarding such for the last few meetings. The trustees and village Attorney Michael Byrne have met regularly to discuss the zoning and what amendments to make to the legislation.

"There still are several issues, unresolved issues," said Mayor Bob Green during the village's meeting on July 27.

According to Green, the original article on parking zoning had changed so much since the board began working on amending the legislation that he called for a motion to terminate the hearing until the board could hammer out the remaining issues and present it to the community in its entirety.

"I just don't think it's appropriate to continue the public hearing," he said.

Byrne suggested the board make a decision between keeping the hearing open and on the agenda for every meeting or terminate the hearing, continue making revisions and then hold the public hearing.

"We've hear two hours worth of comments already," Byrne said.

However, if the board kept the hearing open, the trustees have the option to adjourn it at future meetings. The board opted to adjourn the current hearing until Aug. 24. They will continue to work on amending the legislation during an operations meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the village hall. Green said if the board can't work everything out, they will return Aug. 18 to continue getting the bugs out.

"I'm interested in getting this right, but not letting it drift," Trustee Sue Jones said.

Green also made a call for comments, and one resident asked if there would be copies of the legislation made available.

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