Upcoming . . .


City Hall in Your Neighborhood

Next week, city staff will begin a series of visits to neighborhood schools and gathering places in Ithaca.  The Mayor’s Office is calling it “City Hall in Your Neighborhood”.

These job fair style events will provide community members the opportunity to engage with staff members of different departments to meet and learn more about their city government.

Two evenings next week have been scheduled for this event:

  • Wednesday, March 25th from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Belle Sherman Elementary School cafeteria
  • Thursday, March 26th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Lehman Alternative Community School gymnasium

Additional events will be scheduled for May.

Please contact Kevin Sutherland, Chief of Staff at ksutherland@cityofithaca.org or 607-274-6512 with any questions.

FYI — west hill project

From: Cynthia Brock <cynthia.ny8@gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: Subdivision on Campbell and Hector

?Hi all,
I try to keep everyone abreast of zoning, building and development activities occurring in the First Ward.  There is a minor subdivision planned for West Hill (one property split into two properties), and I wanted to pass it on.?  Please see below for details and links to information and upcoming meetings.
Cynthia Brock, Alderperson, First Ward
607 398-0883
Project Review Committee Meeting Agenda: Tuesday, March 17, 20159:30
Project:     Minor Subdivision
Location:    104 Campbell Ave., Tax Parcel #19.-2-4
Applicant:    John & Anne Marie Cummings
Anticipated Board Action(s) in March:  Declaration of Lead Agency, Public Hearing, Determination of Environmental Significance, and Preliminary & Final Subdivision Approval

Project Description:  The applicant proposes to subdivide the 0.513-acre (22,347SF) parcel into two lots: Parcel A, measuring 0.243 acres (10,581 SF) with 110 feet of street frontage on Campbell Ave.; and Parcel 2, measuring 0.27 acres (11,766 SF) with 97 feet of street frontage on Hector St. and 93.2 feet of street frontage on Campbell Ave., and containing an existing single-family home.  The property is in the R-1a Zoning District, which has the following minimum area requirements: 10,000 SF lot size, 75 feet of street frontage, 25-foot front yard and 10-foot side yard setbacks, and a rear yard setback of 50 feet or 25%, but no less than 20 feet.  This is an Unlisted Action under the City of Ithaca Environmental Quality Review Ordinance and the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and is subject to environmental review.

LACS Class brainstorms West Hill

Students in the Service Class at LACS (Lehman Alternative Community School) are hosting a dinner on Monday, November 10, at the school at 6:00 p.m.  It will be a brainstorming session to hear about how LACS could be a resource to the West Hill community.  Childcare will be provided and the students will facilitate the gathering.

We hope you are able to come to enjoy a meal, share your ideas, and meet others in the community.

If you have questions, please email Jon Raimon at  jraimon@icsd.k12.ny.us or call 274-2183.

The Service class does a variety of projects in Ithaca each year, from working with the Food Bank to helping mentor younger students. But with this meeting we are simply trying to facilitate a brainstorming session to hear what kinds of ways the students at the school and the school itself might be of use to the West Hill community. Whether the ideas will work out, we don’t know. But I know my Service Class students would like to be of use and I imagine other students in the school might like to get involved in the West Hill community, too. We have helped with some of the community cafe sessions (with Ms. Michelle Mills) before and assisted with the 4H after school program, but we thought we ought to hear about other ways the school / students might be of use, too.

Neighborhood Garage Sale

September 6, 2014, 9:00 am-1:00 pm — the West Hill Neighborhood Garage Sale was a success for most participants; lessons were learned for putting on next year’s event. Thanks to all who took part, sellers and buyers alike! Continue reading Neighborhood Garage Sale

Repeal resolution for 7/14/14 meeting

To be added to meeting of the Government Operations and Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee meeting on July 14, 2014


WHEREAS, on October 1, 2013 this Legislature adopted Resolution 2013-165 “Authorizing the sale of real property located on Harris B. Dates Drive in the Town of Ithaca” and accompanying SEQRA Resolution No. 164 of 2013 “Making a Negative Declaration of Environmental Significance”, and

WHEREAS, the adoption of said Resolutions authorized the County Continue reading Repeal resolution for 7/14/14 meeting

Resolution for 7/14/14 meeting

Tompkins County Legislature Meeting: 07/14/14 04:30 PM
Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building Department: Planning Department
Ithaca, NY 14850 Category: Land
Functional Category: CJA/ATI Board, Planning



Authorizing NRP Properties, LLC to Submit Application for Project on Property Located on Harris B. Dates Drive in the Town of Ithaca

WHEREAS, in anticipation of vacating the Biggs B building as a part of the relocation of the Health Department to new quarters in a renovated building on Brown Road in the Cornell Business Park, the County contemplated the sale of the surrounding property and committed the proceeds of such a sale to support a portion of the cost of renovating the Brown Road building, and

WHEREAS, upon consultation with the Planning Advisory Board as well as the Legislature’s Government Operations; Facilities and Infrastructure; and Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committees, the County subdivided its parcel into three separate parcels, one of which consists of Continue reading Resolution for 7/14/14 meeting

County Comprehensive Plan Update

You’re invited help shape the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan Update. Six public meetings are coming up this week and next!
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How can we make Tompkins County a place where:

  • Economic prosperity is accessible to all?
  • Natural features and working rural landscapes are preserved and enhanced?
  • The entire community is prepared for the economic, environmental, and social impacts of climate change?
  • The built environment promotes safety and daily physical activity?

These and other questions about the future of our community will be the topics of discussion at six upcoming public meetings hosted by the Tompkins County Planning Department on the update of the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan. The meetings will focus on proposed policies to address challenges facing the community. Participants will be asked to comment on the proposed policies and suggest specific actions the community might take to implement those policies. A draft plan incorporating comments received during this phase of the public input process is anticipated to be ready for public review in the fall, with a final plan to be presented to the County Legislature for adoption later this year.

Please consider joining us at one of the upcoming meetings.

June 19 Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room, 11am-1pm
June 19 GIAC, 301 Court St, Ithaca 5:30pm-7:30pm
June 23 Caroline Elementary School, 2439 Slaterville Rd, Slaterville Springs, 7pm-9pm
June 24 Newfield Town Hall, 166 Main St., Newfield, 7pm-9pm
June 25 Jacksonville Community Methodist Church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd, Jacksonville, 7pm-9pm
June 26 Groton Town Hall, 101 Conger Blvd, Groton, 7pm-9pm

For further information contact the Tompkins County Planning Department, email compplan@tompkins-co.org or 607-274-5560.

Odd/Even Parking revisions in the works

The City of Ithaca is considering changes to the Odd/Even Parking Regulations and is hosting a series of community meetings to present the findings of the Odd/Even Parking Task Force. Residents are encouraged to attend one of the meetings to learn more about the proposed changes, and to share any thoughts, ideas, comments, concerns and questions with members of City staff.

Below is the schedule of meeetings to be held on this topic.
You may download a PDF of the draft report of the Odd-Even Task Force Initial Report 6-05-14

Questions about the meetings can be forwarded to Chief of Staff Kevin Sutherland at ksutherland@cityofithaca.org

?Meeting Times and Locations:

Thursday, June 12:
• 5:30-7:00PM-Southside Community Center

Monday, June 16:
• 5:30-7:00PM- Belle Sherman Elementary Cafeteria

Tuesday, June 17:
• 5:30-7:00PM-Greater Ithaca Activities Center Gymnasium
• 7:30-9:00PM-Lehman Alternatives Community School Black Box Theater?

City Land Use Public Workshop:

Come give us your input on what the City of Ithaca should look like in the future!

On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, the City of Ithaca’s Comprehensive Plan Committee will be hosting a workshop on future land use in the city. There will be two opportunities for input. The first session will be from 3:45-5:30 p.m. and the second session will be from 6:15-8:00 p.m., in City Hall, Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, 108 E. Green Street (across the street from the Tompkins County Public Library).

The Committee will present its recommendations on neighborhood preservation and future growth. Your comments on these ideas will be incorporated into the land use chapter of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan. For more information, visit the Comprehensive Plan,

To sign up for a workshop, please RSVP for one of the sessions using one of the links below, or contact the Department of Planning, Building, Zoning, & Economic Development at 274-6550.

We very much hope you can join us!

NOTE: If you have a disability and you would like specific accommodations of any kind in order to participate, please contact the City Clerk at 274 6570 by 12:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting.
Charles Pyott
Office Assistant
Division of Planning & Economic Development
Department of Planning, Building, & Economic Development
108 E. Green Street, Third Floor
City of Ithaca
Ithaca, New York 14850
Tel: (607) 274-6550
Fax: (607) 274-6558
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F

West Hill Cleanup Day

Greetings fellow West Hillers,

This year’s West Hill Clean-up will take place the morning of Saturday, April 26. This can be a really enjoyable day with neighbors; do pitch in.

The trash bags get set out the night before (Friday), or at the crack of dawn on the 26th. Generally there is a flag at each of the spots, which are spread all over West Hill.  One is at the bottom of Elm Street, one is at the corner of Hook and Warren Place.  There are a couple on Hector Street, a couple on Warren, one or two on Cliff and Campbell and on Oakwood. I don’t remember where all the spots are.  Ray Schlather does that part, generally. There will be a bag / collection spot near just about everyone. You can tell where they are by looking for them.  You’ll see them.
After you fill as many bags as you want, you return them to the spot where you got them.  Then Ray Schlather, myself, and others drive around in a truck and trailer and pick everything up and take it to the dump, beginning shortly after noon.
The City pays the tipping fee.  We record how much we collect in pounds, maybe tons.  The more trash we collect, the better.  If we collect a lot, we get to brag about it to our friends from other neighborhoods at fancy cocktail parties.
If people would like to sign-up for a specific neighborhood, that probably will help us to cover a more complete area.  You can also work solo, or with your children, whatever.
I think Ray will probably chime in later this week with more specifics, if that is needed.

Remember, please, that this is NOT clear-out the junk you’ve accumulated in your garage and basement day. We are collecting the “wild ” trash that can be found outdoors on West Hill.

Sadly, we have seen a decline in participation for this neighborhood undertaking in recent years. We particularly could use more help with “heavy lifting” trash, stuff like shopping carts that have found their way into the gullies on lower West Hill.

This is hard work, but when a number of people pitch in together, it can be fun.

There is no sign-up for this required, but if you would like to help with some of the heavy lifting and hauling, please drop me a line.

George McGonigal
tel: 272-0639