DeWitt to hold hearing on storage law

Franklin Park residents could get an exemption

DeWitt residents are invited to voice their concerns on the Residential Areas Vehicle Storage Law at an upcoming informational hearing. The 2008 local law, which took effect in January, regulates the parking or storage of oversized and recreational vehicles outside residents' homes. The law was adopted to maintain the quality of neighborhoods.

The July 29 presentation will focus on a proposal to exempt the western half of Franklin Park, where two petitions for exemption were filed in April following a March meeting on the topic.

The town of DeWitt Development and Operations Department recommends the town planning board study the neighborhood for inclusion in an overlay exemption area based on the law's criteria. After receiving a recommendation from the planning board, the DeWitt Town Board will then conduct an informal ballot of the neighborhood to determine residents' preferences for an overlay exemption district. If enacted, restrictions would be lifted.

Previous petitions for other Franklin Park areas, including the neighborhoods of Dunrovin and south of Franklin Park Drive, were filed in November 2009 and February of this year. According to Development and Operations Director Dick Robb, the older petitions are on hold pending the review of these new neighboring ones.

The hearing is set for 7 p.m. Thursday July 29 in the DeWitt Community Room at the East Syracuse Fire Station No. 2, 148 Sanders Creek Parkway. For additional information on the local law, call the development office at 446-3910 ext. 173 or visit townofdewitt.com/vehiclestorage. The website provides a summary of rules, common questions and answers and links to petition reports.

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