Monday, January 08, 2007

Easton wants your opinion on Zoning

Easton officials plan to rewrite the city's planning and zoning codes, but they're asking residents for help.

A public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 30 to discuss which codes are outdated and where to implement new zoning districts.

Freeman said parts of the zoning ordinance reflects a suburban style of living that doesn't fit Easton.

For example, businesses with some apartments above them on the east side of S. Third Street abut the sidewalk. Across the street, Perkins Restaurant and the former Marquis Theatre are further back from the sidewalk with almost an acre of parking spaces behind them.

The city hired Thomas Comitta Associates Inc. of West Chester, Chester County, for $50,000 to prepare the revisions. Thanks to state Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, a state grant will pay for the work.

''When you create one-story buildings with parking surrounding them, it looks like they are sitting on their own little island,'' said Freeman, who lives in the city's West Ward. ''Updating the current planning and zoning codes would put Easton in a better position to keep its urban integrity.''

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