As Auburn moves closer to updating its zoning regulations, the process has been going the way we wish all governmental operations would — with careful consideration to how the rules will affect the people who live and work here.
The city's zoning ordinance hasn't had any major changes in more than 20 years, and the overall goal is to make zoning code more efficient and user-friendly. It sets the stage for development along the Owasco River downtown; it balances economic development with the appearance and preservation of neighborhoods; and it establishes procedures for displaying art in public spaces.
In recent weeks, the Auburn Planning Board has taken public input into consideration and made some changes to its plan. Regulations that would hamper the development of tiny houses was a major concern for human services agencies hoping to build small houses to combat the problem of homelessness. The rules have now been tweaked because of those concerns. Proposed rules governing advertising billboards and alerting neighbors of upcoming development projects have also been rewritten.
It's been a deliberative and thoughtful process, and we're glad to see that concerns from the general public and from the business community have not only been listened to but acted upon.
And there is still time to have your voice heard. A public hearing on the proposed zoning code will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Dec. 14 at city hall, so additional revisions might still be made before the city council votes on the plan Dec. 22.
The Citizen editorial board includes publisher Rob Forcey, executive editor Jeremy Boyer and managing editor Mike Dowd.