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Skaneateles: Village approves parking moratorium

After much discussion, the Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees voted on and adopted a resolution Monday Sept. 28 a moratorium of Article XII, which is in regard to off-street parking and loading.

The moratorium, Local Law No. 1 of 2009, comes after approximately 10 months of discussion among the trustees on ways to amend the article. It has existed for many years and imposes certain parking space requirements on residential and commercial properties in the village.

"We have decided to declare a moratorium on the enforcement of those requirements until December 31, 2010, for all properties excepting one and two-family dwellings," Mayor Bob Green read from a statement previously prepared by the board.

In the law's statement of intent, it is stated that the moratorium "is the judgment of the Village Trustees that it is necessary to temporarily suspend certain provisions of Chapter 225, Article XII of the Village Code, by the enactment of a Limited Moratorium, in order to study the effect of the absence of the regulations contained therein."

With the exception of certain sections of the law not being affected, the board declared the moratorium effective immediately following a public hearing where several residents spoke in favor of the moratorium and a few against the local law.

"I think you should fix the problem, not have a moratorium," resident Cliff Abrams said.

According to Green, since the board's last public hearing on the parking issues, the trustees had received statements from the zoning board.

Code enforcement office Jorge Batlle said the statements aren't necessarily in favor or against the moratorium, but rather to suggest the board place a moratorium on the $7,500 fee attached to the parking regulations, not on the regulations themselves.

Green said that with the moratorium, the parking situation will become self-regulatory because of the people in the community. One way to be self-regulatory is for business owners to make sure their customers are sticking to the parking requirements, such as the two-hour limit on the meters.

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