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Common Council meets to discuss ReZone Syracuse plan

The revised Syracuse Zoning Map March 2023.
City of Syracuse
The revised Syracuse Zoning Map as of March 2023.

The Common Council held a meeting today regarding ReZone Syracuse, a project in the works for several years which will update the city’s Zoning Ordinance and Map.

“People really want to invest in the city. But a lot of the investors, a lot of the developers were hesitant until we pass this," said Common Councilor Patrick Hogan. "And I felt the pressure. I've talked to many people. And I think we have a lot of area in the city where we can develop."

Hogan believes now — with plans for Micron to move into the region — is the perfect time to reevaluate and update the city's land use plan.

"I think people are looking forward to seeing a whole different look of Syracuse," he added.

Accessing quality housing is something on the forefront of Councilor Jimmy Monto's mind. This new plan, he says, is going to be an opportunity to build new housing and grow the community. He is eager to push through rezoning and next begin building.

The overall goal of the ReZone Syracuse is to “preserve and enhance Syracuse’s existing land use patterns; protect and enhance the character and ‘sense of place’ of Syracuse’s neighborhoods; ensure high-quality, attractive design throughout the city; promote environmentally sustainable land use patterns, transportation options and site plans, and ensure that development regulations and review processes are efficient, predictable and transparent,” according to the city of Syracuse website.

The final ordinance for ReZone Syracuse was completed in the beginning of this year and is the first comprehensive update Syracuse has seen in more than 55 years. The new plan includes allowing backyard hens, rabbits and bee colonies, which has been receiving positive feedback from 100 public meetings.

Common councilors will vote on the plan after one final public hearing set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, held in council chambers, at City Hall, 233 E. Washington St.

Morgan Caviness is an undergraduate student who just earned her associates degree at Onondaga Community College for Broadcast Media and Communications and plans to continue studying Broadcast and Mass Communication at SUNY Oswego where she is expected to graduate May of 2025. As a student contributor at WAER, Morgan helps produce digital radio stories.