Town of Webb loosens zoning laws

The Town of Webb Planning Board is relaxing zoning restrictions to help promote business activity in Old Forge.

Posted: Jun 4, 2020 5:57 PM

The Town of Webb Planning Board is allowing businesses in Old Forge to use outdoor space to sell their merchandise, and restaurants can set up outdoor seating. Town of Webb Code Enforcement Officer Andrew Getty says there’s no permit required, and the rules are pretty easy to follow.

"Don’t block the sidewalks, don’t interfere with parking, don’t block the exits to the building. So I mean those are pretty simple conditions."

Walt’s Diner Owner David Aliasso thinks the Governor’s restrictions hurt the socialization that makes Walt’s an inviting place to go, but the Planning Board is moving in the right direction.

"I think the more places that are open in Old Forge, the more the word’s going to get out, and people are going to start coming back."

People like Syracuse resident Kevin Hatch are coming back, even if it’s just for a cup of coffee, but the new relaxed zoning laws may keep him around a little longer.

"Having things pre-set up for you to stay social distanced and sit outside its perfect. It helps them get more people in."

Ozzie’s Coffee Bar Owner Mackenzie Glasser says the conditions aren’t ideal, but the outdoor seating has been crucial to her business.

"This will do until we’re able to offer more close to what we used to."

There were a few shops utilizing the outdoor space to promote their business, and although business is a little slow during the week, things are picking up on the weekend, and anything to promote business here in Old Forge is a welcome thing to these busines owners.

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