New zoning laws will reflect downtown revitalization effort

TICONDEROGA - Revisions being considered to Ticonderoga's zoning law are intended to support Ticonderoga's downtown revitalization efforts.

The revisions are needed to bring the law into conformance with the Town Comprehensive Plan passed by the Ticonderoga Town Council in 2006. The primary goal of that plan was to promote downtown revitalization.

Proposed changes will make it easier to open a business within an existing downtown building. The permitting and review process for new or expanding downtown businesses will be streamlined to encourage appropriate businesses to seek a downtown location.

Guidelines will help ensure than any new buildings construction or existing buildings substantially renovated are compatible with the historic character of the downtown business district. Standards are being revised so that new buildings will be built at the edge of the sidewalk with parking to the side or rear to maintain downtown's pedestrian character and scale.

The revised regulations will allow for small businesses, like the Corner Market or Ti Pi, and home businesses in the residential neighborhoods of the former village. Most non-residential uses will be reviewed by the Planning Board, so neighbors will have an opportunity to comment on proposed businesses and will be protected from adverse impacts.

The Zoning Revision Committee will be working on the law into spring 2010, and will prepare drafts of each section for public review and comment. To access drafts and other information, follow the Zoning and Planning Board link on the town website,www.townofticonderoga.org, or contact Brandy Saxton at 546-7470.

A public information meeting on the zoning districts and map has been scheduled for 7 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Ticonderoga Community Building auditorium.

This project is funded by a Quality Communities grant from the New York State Department of State.

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