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Neighbor Concerns Prompt Cortland City Leaders to Table Zoning Change Request
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Neighbor Concerns Prompt Cortland City Leaders to Table Zoning Change Request
Cortland City leaders have tabled action on a request by a local baking soda manufacturer to rezone two vacant parcels on the city's east side to accommodate a new warehouse.

Amid concerns from at least two neighbors, the Cortland City Council has tabled Natrium Products request to rezone two vacant parcels that border the companies existing operations on East Court Street.

The company is looking to rezone the land from general business to industrial. Natrium wants to construct an over 11 thousand square foot warehouse there. The new building would be used to store finished product and soda ash. The project also includes a new driveway that would connect the new storage building to East Court Street.
 
Prior to the vote the council held a public hearing on the change. Helen Ackroyd of 90 Port Watson Street borders the property, Ackroyd has lived at that address for 50 years, she is concerned that changing the zoning will hurt the value of surrounding residential property's.
 
Jim Baldwin who lives nearby at 86 Port Watson says once the site is rezoned it could open the door to other industrial uses in the future. Baldwin a former Zoning Board of Appeals member suggested the city could accommodate Natirums project with a use variance instead of a zone change. The variance would require any future uses to come back for additional review and approval.
 
The company is looking a thick vegetative buffer to screen the neighboring homes, the plan would still be subject to site plan review and approval. The company does not expect any increases in truck traffic as a result of this project. The council is expected to review Natrium's proposed site plan and bring the request up next month.
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