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posticon Editorial - What Is Allowed in Rural Agriculture Zoning?

Opinions | Friday, March 15, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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I have to admit I didn't really understand the zoning when I bought my house.  I knew I was in a 'Rural Agricultural' (RA) zone, so I figured the worst that could happen was that I'd smell manure a few times a year when farmers were fertilizing their fields, or I'd get stuck behind a tractor on Route 34 from time to time.  Those both turned out to be true, but I was never irritated about it because I thought I knew what I was getting into.  The zone was called 'Rural Agricultural'.

So farms, smells, tractors... nothing that could impact my quality of life given I already knew these things were here before my house was or before I was born, actually.  Heck, my road is named for a farmer.  I thought I understood.  But, as was clear at Monday evening's Planning Board meeting, I certainly didn't understand what was allowed in the RA zone.  And clearly my neighbors to the northwest didn't either.  They are quite upset about a proposed Bed & Breakfast/Event venue that is, as it turns out, an 'allowed use' in RA zones.

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posticon Thoughts - Constitution, Presidential Candidates, Methodists

Opinions | Friday, March 15, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts It seems that events of note are piling up in my 'clipping file' (otherwise known as the newspaper pile on my kitchen table) so I'll prioritize these and speak of them in this 'order' this week:

1) Mr. Trump, Mr. Jackson and the Constitution 2) Mr. Cuomo, Mr. Biden and Ms. Clinton 3) Fear and Loathing in St. Louis and the Methodists

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posticon Letters - Clean NYC Water From The Binghamton Area

Opinions | Friday, March 15, 2019 | By Steven Smith Print
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mailmanIt's too bad Lansing is not in Delaware county ( Binghamton area ), about 60 miles from Lansing 200 miles from New York City. We would not be debating whether its OK to be shooting lead shot by a stream near our water supply . The decision would have already been made for us .

But NYC pays people to have tougher standards than EPA or NYSDEC. They value clean water. I am sure the NYC water supply system has a lot more water than Cayuga Lake.

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