zoning http://wrvo.org en Binghamton urban farmers ask city for laws to ease expansion http://wrvo.org/post/binghamton-urban-farmers-ask-city-laws-ease-expansion <p>Johan Jelsma is taking me on a tour of his garden on the West Side of Binghamton. He rattles off the names of plants in just one small patch of his yard:</p><p>“Eggplants, Brussels sprouts, a little bit of remnants of peas left and cucumber, melon.”</p><p>Jelsma's entire yard is taken over by a garden of vegetables, fruit trees and flowers. He says some passersby describe it as the wild yard.</p><p>“I didn’t like grass per se. I mean I like laying on it, I like running but I definitely don’t enjoy mowing.”</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:09:49 +0000 Matt Richmond 41145 at http://wrvo.org Binghamton urban farmers ask city for laws to ease expansion Watertown City Council tries to ban roommates – but planning officials say measure is unenforceable http://wrvo.org/post/watertown-city-council-tries-ban-roommates-planning-officials-say-measure-unenforceable <p>The Watertown City Council has received a lot of pushback and even ridicule in the media recently for passing what's being referred to as a “roommate ban.” Last month, in response to a neighbor dispute, the City Council removed language from the zoning code that allowed the renting out of rooms in single-family homes. But city planning officials say the regulatory change is completely unenforceable.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 07:51:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 34433 at http://wrvo.org Watertown City Council tries to ban roommates – but planning officials say measure is unenforceable Syracuse's council accused of delaying Comprehensive Plan http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-council-accused-delaying-comprehensive-plan <p>Syracuse's Director of Planning and Sustainability Andrew Maxwell accused the Syracuse Common Council Monday of "moving the goalposts" on enacting the city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which would be a guide to future zoning and land-use policies in the city. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:12:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 34247 at http://wrvo.org