Watertown wrapping up city rezoning work

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WATERTOWN — The big job of rewriting the city’s zoning laws should be wrapped up this spring.

The final document is expected to be sent to City Council members in about three to four months for their consideration.

The city is updating its decades-old zoning laws to make them easier to use, to bring them in line with modern standards and practices, and to help implement the objectives identified in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted in 2019.

It will be the first time that the city’s zoning laws have been overhauled since they were written in 1958.

Michael A. Lumbis, the city’s planning and community development director, said city staff will be reviewing the draft before meeting with consultant Elan Planning, Saratoga Springs, next month to discuss the document. Elan is helping to write the new zoning laws.

“We’ll meet internally to make sure about comments and concerns,” Mr. Lumbis said.

A 10-member advisory committee also will peruse the document before it’s sent to the council. The work began during the summer of 2020.

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