CORNING - A variety of different recommended changes to the city’s Zoning Code recently accepted by the City Council will be reviewed during four upcoming city Code Committee meetings.

City Manager Mark Ryckman said the recommended amendments, made by the city Planning Commission, address land uses in various areas throughout the city. The first Code Committee meeting will be at 5 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

“The Planning Commission and Code Enforcement Office have done a tremendous job overhauling our zoning,” Ryckman said. “It has taken countless hours and three years of work to get us to this point.”

One of the properties that would be affected under the proposed Zoning Code recommendations is a portion of the old Corning Hospital site, where First Heritage Credit Union plans to build a new headquarters.

The site would be converted from a residential residential transition zone to a commercial zone allowing for the construction.

“That's a project that is underway -- but most of the changes are (for) future land use development,” Ryckman said. “They also help in making the use of the zoning code more efficient.”

The City of Corning Zoning Code was last comprehensively updated in 1994, Ryckman said. These proposed amendments reflect more than three years of work responding to issues addressed in the city’s Housing Strategy.

“With the City Council adopting the new strategic development plan for the city in 2018, and the Housing Strategy in 2015, the zoning needs to help reflect those future outlooks,” said Councilman Mark ReSue, I-7, Code Committee member. “It has been more than 20 years since any modification to the Zoning Code were made, so this will be a good thing, but we have a lot of work to do and things to consider so we can keep Corning the place we all love to live and visit.”

Mayor Bill Boland encourages people to participate at the four city Code Committee meetings.

“We are going to overview the recommendation from the city Planning commission and further consider them,” Boland said. “There are a variety of different changes that are recommended and we will just take those major issues as we go through the Code Committee process.”

The council received the Planning Commission’s recommendations Jan 7. The council now has 60 days to conduct a review.

Boland said the council may vote to adopt the proposed changes at its March monthly meeting.

“March is the goal but nothing set in stone,” Boland said.

The city Code Committee will meet at City Hall at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, Feb. 7 and Feb 13.