Public meeting Thursday on planning, zoning code revision process

ROUSES POINT - The village of Rouses Point will hold a public meeting at the Rouses Point Civic Center, 39 Lake St., Thursday, March 31, beginning at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting will be to explain the planning and zoning code revision process and to hear input from village residents.

The village of Rouses Point obtained funding from a 2005 Environmental Protection Fund grant from the Department of State to examine its zoning code for possible revisions to leverage the redevelopment of the downtown and waterfront envisioned in the village's Downtown and Waterfront Plan and Design Guidelines.

Using the grant funding, the village has hired River Street Planning and Development, professional planning and economic development consultants, to provide their suggestions for improving the zoning code to leverage economic development and encourage business investment in the downtown. River Street will also recommend which, if any, elements from the village's Design Guideline suggestions to include in the zoning code. River Street has extensive experience in assisting New York State communities in developing strategies to facilitate economic development and in writing planning and zoning codes. River Street has already identified eliminating special permits for traditional downtown commercial uses as a key improvement they will suggest to make it easier for businesses to occupy commercial properties without a lengthy review process.

River Street will lead the March 31 public input meeting with the goal of developing a better understanding of local perceptions of the zoning code and changes that need to be made. River Street will then hold a meeting in early May to review their recommendations for proposed changes with the public and village board.

During the next few months, the citizens Codes Revision Committee will also be meeting to finalize its review of the zoning code. The final step in the process will be for the village board to consider all recommendations, hold public hearings, and decide what changes to make in the code.

Village residents, business owners, and interested parties are encouraged to attend the March 31 meeting.

For more information, contact Rouses Point Revitalization project manager Melissa McManus at 297-6753.

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