City Invites the Public to Attend Community Meetings about Rezone Syracuse

ReZone Syracuse Will Comprehensively Revise and Update the City’s Zoning Code

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse is encouraging members of the public to attend public meetings to learn more about ReZone Syracuse, the effort to comprehensively revise and update the City’s Zoning Code. The current code dates back to the early twentieth century and must be updated so the City can implement the principles outlined in the Land Use & Development Plan of the Syracuse Comprehensive Plan 2040.

The first public meeting took place at 7:00 p.m. May 9, in the Atrium at City Hall Commons. This was the first of many public meetings which will be held through the course of the ReZone Syracuse process.

Mayor Miner

Mayor Miner

“Syracuse is a twenty first century City with twentieth century regulations.  In order to stay economically competitive and to promote a higher quality of life, we need a comprehensive update to this system,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “Through ReZone Syracuse, we will be able to revise our Zoning Code to set a clearer vision for the future of our city. This will also improve our ability to make responsible and forward thinking decisions about land use planning and economic development.”

ReZone Syracuse is the effort to perform a comprehensive overhaul of the City’s Zoning Code. First enacted in 1922, this will be the first complete revision of these regulations. This process will touch every parcel of land in the City of Syracuse and make the City’s Zoning Code more modern and efficient for property owners and prospective developers. This will transition the City from the current “single use” zoning philosophy to an updated ordinance that incorporates principles of form-based codes, Smart Growth, Traditional Neighborhood Development, and Transit Oriented Development, among other current best practices.