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Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft Generic EIS And Public Hearing

Tompkins County - The Town Board of the Town of Ithaca, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Revised Town of Ithaca Zoning Ordinance and Map (Zoning Revisions). A public hearing on the Draft Generic EIS will be held on October 2, 2003 at 7:15 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY. Written comments on the Draft Generic EIS will be accepted until October 14, 2003. The action involves the enactment by the Town of Ithaca Town Board of a comprehensive revision of the Town of Ithaca Zoning Ordinance and Map. This is an update and revision of the December 3, 1997 enacted version of the Zoning Ordinance. Key changes are proposed in areas such as Agricultural and Conservation Zones, simplified procedures for Special Permit uses, a new Lakefront Residence Zone, a new Office Park Commercial Zone, clarification of the purposes and uses in the various Business Zones, updated definitions and parking requirements, and other updates and clarifications. Highlights of the significant proposed changes are described in more detail in the Draft GEIS. This has been classified as a Type I action pursuant to SEQR, and the Town Board in a resolution dated December 10, 2001 declared its intent to prepare a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) in order to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Zoning Revisions. The project is townwide.

Contact: Jonathan Kanter, AICP, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, phone: (607) 273-1747, fax: (607) 273-1704.