Richfield Springs: Council members and public discuss land ordinance

Monday night, the Richfield Town Board had their monthly meeting and listed on the agenda was changes to the zoning ordinance.

Posted: May 21, 2018 11:58 PM

RICHFIELD SPRINGS- Monday night, the Richfield Town Board had their monthly meeting and listed on the agenda was changes to the zoning ordinance.

Residents came to NEWSChannel 2 with concerns about what the board was potentially proposing. Residents said the board was restricting the zoning ordinance to residential, agricultural and eliminating commercial. If this happened, that would mean businesses couldn't build on the land, and others would have to leave.

We spoke with a council member who said that wasn't the case. Councilman Larry Frigault said the current ordinance is from 1992 and needs an update. "I think there's a small number of concerned citizens that misunderstand what the new law is attempting to do." He said the law could give residents more rights, and it needs to be researched more. "There's labels that are used in these documents in the plan and on the maps and there was a name change in one of the labels that removed commerical," which he said could have created a misunderstanding.

He said there's still a long way to go to establish a concrete plan. There will be an informational session so they can review the plan with the public.

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