Changes in store for Binghamton development review process

By Kelly McCarthy

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 25 changes are on the table for the Binghamton Department of Planning, Housing, and Community Development to help get new businesses get on their feet.

Officials from the community development department gave City Council its first look at the long list of improvements.

Some of the changes are to amend certain parking regulations, signage size and conditions, and to create tree planting guidelines for new development projects.

"Well there's just and incredible maze of local and state laws," said Tarik Abdelazim, director of the community development department. "Sometimes there's a development project that needs approval by three boards, that needs review by the county planning department, and it could mean a great deal of time. And for developers time means money."

One of the changes eliminates parking requirements for certain development projects that are less than 25,000 square feet.

"We want to promote walk-ability, we want to promote bike riding, we want to promote green infrastructure," Abdelazim said. "So having these kind of historical artifacts and requirements don't really make sense with the Binghamton we want in the future. So we're going to make some changes, it will also reduce the review process time considerably and get developers approval for the project."

Some of the internal changes are already being implemented, but others require legislative changes to laws and city code that must be approved by council.

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