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September 20, 2018

Public Hearings Set For Tentative Oswego Code Changes


OSWEGO, NY – At its meeting Monday night, the Common Council approved some public hearings, but not all.

The council approved four of the five requests for public hearings recommended last week by the Planning and Development Committee.

They include:

  • for the proposed change pursuant to Section 280-95 of the Zoning Ordinance, Section 280-24 for Special Permit Uses (To add Assisted Living Homes). It will be held at 6:55 p.m. on Oct. 15.
  • for the proposed change pursuant to Section 280-95 of the Zoning Ordinance, Section 280-54E for location, size and access of off-street parking areas (to change it to 18 feet long). It will be held at 7:10 p.m. on Oct. 15.
  • for the proposed change pursuant to Section 280-95 of the Zoning Ordinance, Section 280-71B for Storage of motor vehicles and recreational vehicles (to add use of a parked trailer, camper or recreational vehicle for temporary living quarters shall be limited to no more than 30 days per calendar year). And Section 280-72 for utility and storage buildings (to include temporary storage pod or permanent storage building). It will be held at 6:50 p.m. Oct. 15.
  • for the proposed change pursuant to Section 280-95 of the Zoning Ordinance, Section 280-80.1 for Outdoor use and storage of upholstered furniture (to change to outdoor use of or storage of any upholstered furniture, including mattresses, manufactured primarily for indoor use shall be prohibited from being visible on the property from any public space, sidewalk, street, or highway. Outdoor use of or storage of such furniture as aforesaid, shall also be prohibited on any unenclosed porch which is located on public space in the city). It will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15.

All of the public hearings will be held in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 13 W. Oneida St.

A request for a public hearing for the proposed change pursuant to Section 280-95 of the Zoning Ordinance, Section 280-61 for billboard signs (to add billboard signs are prohibited in all zoning districts) was tabled.

The handful of existing billboard signs would be grandfathered and allowed to continue.

Councilors, however, want to know whether that means just the structure or the existing advertising.

There is confusion over whether a business could rent space on an existing billboard after the change takes place; or, does it mean that the ad must stay static?

The resolution will be debated further at the committee level.

Councilors also OK’d four requests to use public space, including:

  • Ronnie Richards, owner of property at 87 E. Oneida St., in order to install a one-car parking area
  • James Murphy, owner of property at 12 W. Ninth St., in order to install parking areas
  • Richard Favata, owner of property at 46 Liberty St., in order to access a portion of Whitney Street
  • And, use of the East Side Fire Station for a flu shot clinic, sponsored by Rite Aid to be held Oct. 7-10.

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