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Homer Village Board Delays Action on Zoning Change For Housing Project
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Homer Village Board of Trustees has tabled action on a proposed zoning change that if approved would clear the way for a multi-unit apartment complex.
 
In a unanimous vote last night the Village board tabled a request by local Developer and building supply store owner Ken DeMunn to rezone an over 4 acre parcel near the intersection of Route 281 and Route 41.
 
DeMunn wants the site rezoned from a business use to a planned development district; DeMunn is looking to construct a 40 unit apartment complex on the now vacant lot located behind the new Super Cream Dairy Bar.
 
Several neighbors have raised objections to the project and the zone change. They say their quality of life and property values will be negatively impacted from increased density, noise, and traffic associated with the development.
 
DeMunn’s project engineer says the development will add 25 more cars to Route 281 and Route 41 during peak traffic times.
 
The Village Board has now hired local Attorney Patrick Snyder to help guide them through the environmental review associated with the zoning change. Snyder has several years experience with the State Environmental Quality Review process. Snyder advised the board they could seek a traffic study as part of that review. 
 
Prior to tabling the zone change Village Mayor Genevieve Suits pointed out that under current zoning several other more intense uses could be located on the property including a gas station, dry cleaners, nursing home, or a daycare.
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