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City to host open houses on zoning changes

City to host open houses on zoning changes

The City of Rochester’s new Community Development Department will host a pair of open houses this week for properties affected by proposed Transit-Oriented Development and Infill-Redevelopment (R2x) zoning policies.

The rezoning would affect a section of properties located along North/South Broadway, 2nd Street Southwest, 4th Street Southeast, as well as portions of East Side Pioneers, Historic Southwest, Kutzky Park, Lowertown, Slatterly Park, and Sunnyside neighborhoods.

The changes would allow for greater housing density and commercial development along transit routes in and out of downtown.

The city says affected property owners can expect to receive a postcard notifying them of the open houses. The events, shown below, will allow residents to ask questions directly to planning staff.

  • Wednesday, June 19 | Peace Plaza | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 20 | 125 Live | 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

The proposed maps and boundaries will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission on June 26 and to the city council on July 22. Both of those meetings are also open to the public.

For members: We are scheduled to interview Cindy Steinhauser, director of the city’s community development office, this Thursday. You can submit questions in advance through the member center.

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