ONEONTA _ The city's Zoning Task Force is hosting a public hearing tonight at City Hall on proposed changes to the zoning code.

The meeting at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center from 7 to 9 p.m. is mainly informational, according to Mayor Dick Miller, who is chairman of the task force.

But he said there will be an opportunity for comment at that meeting and meetings between 4 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday during February.

Miller said the Common Council could vote on the revision in June.

Municipal zoning codes set into law what property owners can and can't do with their land and buildings. The zoning code revision was initiated by former Mayor John Nader in 2009 as a companion project to the comprehensive plan adopted in 2007.

The revision is designed to streamline government, particularly when it comes to overseeing development, by reducing the number of zones in the city from 24 to nine. It also doubles the number of definitions from the current zoning code.

The intended result is fewer discretionary decisions and to have decision-making driven by objective standards, task force member Peter Friedman, the city's former code enforcement officer, said earlier this month.

The long-term benefits of this could be new businesses, job growth, better neighborhoods and increased housing opportunities, which were all identified in the comprehensive plans as areas of focus, Friedman said.

In other business, at City Hall this week, the Common Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Charter Revision Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Board of Public Service will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday.

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