|December 20, 2016 5:30 PM |
Deborah Cipolla-Dennis, Town of Dryden Board Member, updated the Legislature on the Town's activities relating to the West Dryden Pipeline, a new zoning law for solar development, requests for zoning changes to the Cricket Lane neighborhood, and conservation subdivisions in the Varna Zoning District to allow for more concentrated development and maintaining open space. She said the Board also authorized the Town Supervisor to sign trail easement contracts.
George McGonigal, City of Ithaca Common Council member, said Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) has requested that the City enter into a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement that would allow them to rehabilitate 44 rental buildings with 98 units for a period of 30 years. This would reduce their taxes considerably and would affect the Ithaca City School District Tompkins County. The agreement will come before Common Council in January. It would cost the County approximately $19,000 annually and the City $32,000. Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services will require its contractor to give local contractors and local building and sellers equal access to bid on supplies and materials for the project. He said INHS will be able to access $4 million in funding if this proceeds quickly.
Ms. Robertson said although she is supportive of the rehabilitation of units she thinks the Legislature needs to be informed about this and suggested Paul Mazzarella, INHS Executive Director, attend a meeting to provide the Legislature with information. Other Legislators expressed a need to hear more information in addition requesting a copy of the correspondence that was received by Mr. Lane from the City Mayor. Mr. Mareane said Mr. Franklin, Director of Tompkins County Assessment, is looking into this. There was confusion over what approval, if any, is needed by the County; this will also be addressed when further information is presented to Legislators.