- On Tuesday, December 4, the Conservation Advisory Council meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A full agenda is planned for the meeting. First, there will be a debriefing on the public presentation, which took place last Thursday, of the maps being prepared for the Open Space and Natural Resources Inventory. If you missed the meeting on Thursday, the maps presented can be viewed online here and comments on the maps can still be submitted.
Also at its meeting tomorrow night, the CAC will review the second draft of the narrative for the inventory and discuss proposed planning recommendations to be included in the inventory, those recommendations being: develop conservation planning guidelines based on the findings of the inventory, to be adopted as city policy; update and complete street tree inventory; develop a comprehensive, city-wide street tree and sidewalk plan, incorporating green infrastructure to address stormwater issues wherever possible; confront the expectation of higher tides and inundation in the low-lying parts of the city by adopting robust design requirements for any new construction or adaptive reuse of existing buildings in the flood plain, and make realistic decisions about how much should be invested there; address poor conditions and lack of amenities and programming in city parks.
- On Wednesday, December 5, the Common Council Youth, Education, Seniors, and Recreation Committee meets at 5:30 p.m., and the Housing and Transportation Committee meets at 6:45 p.m. The city website offers no information about where these meetings will take place, but it is assumed that the Youth, Education, Seniors, and Recreation Committee will meet at City Hall, and the Housing and Transportation Committee will meet someplace at the Hudson Area Library. Last month, it was the History Room.
- On Thursday, December 6, at 4 p.m., in City Hall, Mayor Rick Rector holds a public hearing on the controversial Local Law No. 5, sometimes known as "the Stewart's law," which would amend the zoning in R-2 and R-2H districts to allow a nonconforming use that has "been established and has operated continuously for a period of greater than twenty years" to double the size of its building and to expand into adjacent lots. The only nonconforming uses to which this amendment would apply are Stewart's and Scali's.
The public hearing held by the Common Council on November 13, at which only three people commented, lasted all of six minutes, and on November 20, the Council voted unanimously to enact the law. Those not able to be present for the mayor's public hearing on Thursday can submit written comments to the mayor. They must be received prior to 4 p.m. on Thursday, and they must include the author's name and address.
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