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COMPLETION OF ZONING CODE REVISIONS EXPECTED SOON AFTER FINISHING TOUCHES

Members of the Lancaster Village Board will meet with members of the village's Planning, Historic and Zoning Appeals boards as well as the Lancaster Community Development Corp. in coming weeks to complete revisions in the village's zoning code, officials announced Monday.

That determination was made after a public hearing on the issue at which no additional comments were offered.

Mayor William G. Cansdale Jr. said he expects the meeting between the participating boards to occur soon, with the updated ordinance coming before the Village Board for final action either in late March or early April.

The revisions to the village code are designed to promote the revitalization efforts in the village's downtown business district, according to officials.

Among the proposed zoning changes is subdividing the downtown business district into three areas: the traditional zone, new development zone and open space zone.

A public information session will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall to further update village residents regarding the ongoing streetscape plan for the downtown commercial district.

Stanley J. Keysa, chairman of the Town of Lancaster Planning Board and coordinator of the village's downtown revitalization and community development efforts, will be formally introduced and will present his development plans at that meeting.

Also expected at the Thursday session is an announcement for a planned new restaurant and Internet cafe-style coffee house in the village. The businesses are expected to announce plans to open in the Lancaster downtown business district sometime this spring.

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