City of Corning zoning changes in final stages

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After more than two years of planning, The Corning City Council is in the final stages of modifying the city’s zoning code for the first time since 1994.

Back in January, the Council adopted a resolution to receive Zoning Code recommendations from the Planning Commission to address the city’s use of land. 

The site of the former Corning Hospital, which First Heritage Credit Union intends to build a new headquarters, is one area that will be affected. For construction purposes, it will change from a residential to a commercial zone.

Bill Boland, the Mayor of Corning, said it’s an opportunity to look at how housing is zoned in the city. 

“It’ll strengthen our neighborhoods, that’s the bottom line,” Boland said. “We’re making certain changes that will improve our ability to maintain our housing, which is a major thrust in the city.”

The third of four scheduled meetings to consider recommendations will be held Thursday, Feb. 7. The City Council will review the zoning map to resolve any outstanding issues. 

During the fourth and final meeting, Feb. 15, the City Council will vote to approve a local law to change zoning for the first time in more than two decades. 

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