Public looks to improve Main Street, Court Street corridor

By Conor Mooney

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 12:37 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The public voiced their opinion about what they liked and didn't like about parts of downtown Binghamton.

The suggestions were taken by the citizen driven, Blueprint Binghamton.

Tuesday, they were on display.

The city is thinking about adopting a "form based" code for the Main Street, Court Street corridor.

A form based code would be friendlier to developers and place an emphasis on what is wanted rather than what is prohibited.

Lee Einsweiler, a city planner and part of Code Studio in Texas, aims to revise the zoning and sub division regulations.

Code Studio is part of a consultant team hired by the city to carry out Blueprint Binghamton.

Einsweiler said the public recommended more green, more trees and more activity.

"The people see plenty of reasons to have different rules for different parts of the corridor. They seem to find the suggestions we're making are fairly intuitive," said Einsweiler.

Members of Code Studio suggested Court Street remain auto-oriented and focus on the types of business that can survive in a flood plane.

The hope is that Code Studio leaves Binghamton with 90 percent of the new code recommendations.

Blueprint Binghamton is part of the city's comprehensive plan.