Potsdam village planning, zoning and building codes under review for first time in 10 years
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 8:44 am

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM – For the first time in ten years, the village’s planning, zoning and building codes will soon be reviewed for revisions to be recommended to the Village Board of Trustees.

The board has authorized the Planning Board to begin the study and report back to them next April.

After more than 10 years since the last revision, “the codes are getting long, in some ways unwieldy, and difficult to understand,” said Director of Planning and Development Fred Hanss. “So the Planning Board, (Code Enforcement Officer) Greg Thompson and I will begin what is to be a big job, and report back in a year.”

“Nothing in particular” inspired the village board to act, Hanss said.

But he said it is time, for example, to look for relevance in provisions “that might have been required at the time but the situations have changed,” or at codes that have been amended and added to, making some of them “contradictory or confusing,” Hanss said.