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Village of Lancaster residents will have one last chance tonight to voice their opinions about proposed amendments to the village zoning code for the downtown business district.

A final public hearing on zoning changes in the business district is set for 8:30 p.m. during the regular meeting of the Village Board in Village Hall.

Highlighting the alterations in the code are plans to subdivide the downtown business district into three areas: traditional, new development and open space.

The traditional zone is located in the Central Avenue and Broadway corridor.

The zone's mission will be to "preserve and enhance the character and economic viability of existing historic structures" in the downtown area.

Northwest of the central business district, in the Pleasant Avenue and North Aurora Street area, will be an area designated as the new-development zone, where village officials plan to confine commercial and apartment developments.

The open-space zone designated land located near Cayuga Creek in the central business district.

It is to be developed for the "passive recreational enjoyment" of village residents.

The board could vote to adopt the revised ordinance sometime in the next month, according to village officials.

Later in the week, meanwhile, the board has scheduled a public informational meeting to update residents on the continuing streetscape plans for the downtown commercial core.

During that session, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall, board members also will "open the books" of the Lancaster Village Partnership. The board also plans to introduce Stanley J. Keysa as the new coordinator of the village's downtown revitalization and community-development efforts.

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