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Cortland Planning Commission Approves Multiple Special Use Permits

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There were three Special Use Permit applications the City of Cortland Planning Commission reviewed last night during their monthly meeting at City Hall.



The first item on the agenda was from applicant Keystone Novelties for a special use permit for outdoor sales in the Riverside Plaza parking lot. The sales would be for their seasonal sale of fireworks to area residents.

The site plan would remain the same as last year, Keystone is required to apply for a special use permit each year. The commission voted unanimously to approve their special use permit application.


Next was the application at 27 Yong Street in the City of Cortland for the “home occupation” of baking and distributing baked goods. The owner of the residence spoke with the commission and neighbors of the area that she had already received approval from the Department of Agriculture.

She also informed the commission that this is not a retail space, or a full-time job, but just providing baked goods to another small business. There would be no increased traffic nor pick-ups at this location. The commission approved the special use permit unanimously.


The last Special Use Permit on the Commission’s agenda was item number 3 of a Community Gardens at 3 South Ave. The lot is currently empty and attached to the Coffee Mania Warehouse. It was previously used as Main Street Farms Community Garden, but as the organization grew, it relocated to another location.

The Special Use Permit is for allowance of outdoor sales, but in this case no actual sales would take place. Community members would be encouraged to use the garden to grow foods, and anything extra that is grown would be donated to local organizations.

The donation of goods to organizations in this case can be looked at as a type of sale, thus why the application is for the special use permit for outdoor sales in a G1 Zone.

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