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Geneva City Council unanimously approves long-awaited zoning update

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After six years of development, the Geneva City Council, in its final regular meeting of the year, unanimously adopted an updated zoning ordinance and map. This significant revision, reported by the Finger Lakes Times on Thursday, is the first in 56 years.

The process regained momentum earlier this year under the guidance of newly appointed Planning Director David West. Mayor Steve Valentino commended West for his pivotal role in finalizing the 243-page document, marking it as a historic achievement for the city.

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The updated zoning, as explained by West, introduces necessary fixes and modernizations to the outdated ordinance without dramatically altering the city’s development potential. The changes include revised rules and regulations, design requirements, and a streamlined process. A notable inclusion in the new ordinance, adopted separately by the Council, addresses the management of short-term rentals.

Responding to concerns from residents about the impact of these rentals on neighborhood dynamics, the new rules, effective in March, require operators to obtain special-use permits and city licenses.