By Brian Crandall
The Ithaca Voice
ITHACA – The town of Ithaca’s zoning code really isn’t as good as they’d like it to be. For one, it’s the longest part of the town’s laws and regulations. The original code was written several decades ago, and apart from a couple of major updates, everything else has just been tacked on. It’s like a house where the owners put a new room on every few years, leave a lot of clutter lying around, and change where the doors and hallways lead – it’s not going to look so good after a while, or be that easy to navigate.
Town of Ithaca senior planner Dan Tasman knows that fact all too well.
“It’s a mess, so many older codes are that way,” he said. “Old-timey codes, instead of a broad expanse of uses, they do a laundry list – every kind of business, every retail use, industrial use, long lists of uses like glue factories, millineries, separate definitions for breweries that make ale and those that make lager, things like that.”
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