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Residents air concerns on zoning rewrite at village of Cayuga hearing

A public hearing on the first rewrite of the village of Cayuga’s zoning laws since 1988 saw renewed debate, with residents’ concerns focusing primarily on the rewrite process and rules for short-term rentals.

No vote was scheduled or held for the meeting, which was intended as a listening session for the village’s Board of Trustees to gather feedback on the proposed revisions — last discussed publicly in June — before submission to the state.

After numerous residents spoke both in favor of and in opposition to the current draft, the board decided to leave the public hearing open until the next business meeting. At that point, the board will likely vote on the draft, Deputy Mayor Andrew Wright said.

The discussions from community members Wednesday focused mainly on the time line and process of approval, short-term rentals, enforcement, and an adult entertainment district provision.

Devin Fricano, a member of the zoning revision committee and planning board, criticized the proposal, saying many of the issues of concern could be addressed through local ordinances on a case-by-case basis instead of through the “governmental overreaches, unnecessary regulations and unwarranted allowances” in the current draft.

“Seventy-five percent of what is written in this draft doesn’t need to be in our zoning laws,” Fricano said.

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