Binghamton Council discusses new zoning restrictions

By Julianne Peixoto

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 4:55 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Council discussed new zoning restrictions for the Main and Court Street Corridor.

The new requirements are part of Blueprint Binghamton -- a document that will guide the growth and development of the city for the foreseeable future.

The key topic of discussion Monday night was a proposal to move toward form-based code, which would clearly outline to developers and investors exactly what is required of them.

Council members went through recommendations page by page for the Main and Court Street Corridor zoning plan.

"The best way I can describe it, it's something of a cookbook of different recipes, and we're going through page by page to see what might work in the city of Binghamton and also what will not work in the city of Binghamton for a variety of reasons," said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

Among standards discussed were maximum heights for buildings, building materials and sidewalk requirements.

"We want to preserve and protect the integrity of the city and our neighborhoods, and the commercial district," said David. "But we also want to make it easier for developers to invest money and grow their businesses in the city of Binghamton."

City Council will continue its discussion of Blueprint Binghamton on July 7, and members anticipate a vote on the blueprint by fall of this year.

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