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Village Board Meeting focuses on incentive zoning

by Zach Wagner - Copy Editor
Tue, Nov 19th 2019 10:00 am

Village of Brockport Mayor Margaret Blackman called the bimonthly village board meeting to order at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. The meeting kicked off with a “Brockport Historic Moment,” shared by Village Historian William G. Andrews. He touched on the ratification of the 20th Amendment, sharing the stories of the Susan B. Anthony and her fight for women’s rights.  

 The meeting then moved to the guest speaker, who discussed the analytics surrounding the welcome center for the year of 2019. The welcome center was open a total of 153 days this year, bringing in 57 different volunteers, accumulating nearly 1,700 hours all together. During the days the welcome center was open, 4,000 people paid a visit, showing growth in the popularity of the center.

 The public hearing revolved around “incentive zoning.” Code Enforcement for the Village of Brockport Chad Farby explained how this new adaptation to the village zoning laws should be beneficial for all the parties involved.  

 “Incentive zoning provides a mechanism for people to do something that will benefit the village that otherwise wouldn’t be allowed,” Farby said. “It allows the village to use the amenity provided to do something good for the population that otherwise wouldn’t be funded.”

 Incentive zoning provides a service for the greater good of the community while giving a certain amount of its funds to the village in return. There are certain housing locations in the Village of Brockport that are reserved for living, but with incentive zoning, entrepreneurs will have the luxury of turning a residential property into a business, as long as it works out for everyone involved.

 Mayor Blackman touched base with the Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent Harry Donahue on the dead ash tree problem in the village. Eighteen trees have been removed thus far, and the DPW plan to continue to weed out the deceased tree.

 Finally, the board decided to adopt the comprehensive plan, which filled the room with a sense of relief. The Village of Brockport is on track to complete its goals heading into 2020.

These were the main topic of discussion for the majority of the meeting, as the board had minimal things to report on. The board passed the minutes from Monday, Nov. 4, and approved all bills to be paid.

 The next meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20,  at 7 p.m., where the board will be discussing the proposed streetscape plan for Market Street. 


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