Zoning Changes May Occur Along Edith Avenue

ELLICOTT – Zoning changes may occur along Edith Avenue to allow for more parking for a doctor’s office.

At 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, the Ellicott Town Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed zoning change requested by Richard Benedetto. Benedetto has requested to rezone property he owns on Edith Avenue from residential to neighborhood business. Benedetto had made the original request during a Nov. 5, 2012, meeting. Benedetto stated the reason he wants the property rezoned is to construct an additional parking lot for a doctor’s office located on Dunham Avenue.

According to the March 4 meeting minutes, William Wright Jr., town attorney, stated if the council granted Benedetto’s request for rezoning, the town’s comprehensive plan would need to be changed. In order to change the town’s comprehensive plan, a public hearing needed to be held.

On March 18, a public hearing was held on the possible modification to the town’s comprehensive plan. No residents spoke or attended the public hearing. Also, no council members spoke during the public hearing.

“A lot of procedural issues are going through with this,” said Cecil Miller, Ellicott supervisor.

In other Ellicott business, the Town Board also discussed the withdrawal of a rezoning request on Fairmount Avenue. George Patti III had requested rezoning property located at 633 Fairmount Ave., the former location of Yum-Yums restaurant, from professional office to shopping center. Miller said the town’s code enforcement officer, David Rowe, had heard the zoning request was withdrawn because Patti is re-evaluating project plans for the property.