Holiday items for sale on lots get Syracuse council's OK

Oct 8 2011 - 10:46pm

SYRACUSE -- The sale of fireworks and Christmas trees will now be a permitted use within the city.

The city council recently approved some amendments to provisions in Title 8 and Title 10 of the city code. The changes were approved by a unanimous vote.

The new amendments address home occupations and temporary commercial uses, among other things, and make it possible for someone to legally sell fireworks, hot tubs or Christmas trees in the future.

The former ordinance did not allow for those types of sales.

Another key amendment to Title 10 also defines a payday-lending/check-cashing service.

The changes also identify conditional uses in specific zones, which were not all specified in the conditional-use section. Those services being called out in the new code include private educational services, greenhouses and optical shops.

The amendment also addresses conditional uses, which are major, and require approval. It adds animal hospitals, churches or religious service buildings, day care centers, medical and other health facilities, preschool centers, public parks and sewage treatment plants to establishments, which require approval.

One key change to Title 8 includes new language removing entrance to subdivisions from major roadways. The change means a 40-foot setback on corner lots will no longer be required.

No one spoke on the proposed changes at a public hearing.

The Syracuse Planning Commission reviewed the changes and approved them before forwarding them for council review.

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