In 2016, the Village of Trumansburg began the process of analyzing its current zoning ordinance to identify areas of potential improvement, aiming to better align the ordinance with goals in the Village’s Comprehensive Plan. To this end, and as a first step, the Village Board formed an ad-hoc working group composed of select members of the Village Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, and Village residents, along with the Village Planner, to identify concepts and strategies that can further this effort. This working group will make recommendations to the Village Board for the Board to consider, with respect to areas of the Zoning Ordinance which can be improved.
Several areas within the Zoning Ordinance have been identified as priorities, such as sidewalk infrastructure, guidelines for future residential development, and the siting of renewable energy infrastructure, like ground-mounted solar arrays. Further, the working group will make recommendations which seek to clarify existing definitions in the Zoning Ordinance and related land use laws, and enhance the overall user-friendliness of these documents.
Matt Johnston, Village Planner/Zoning Officer
This report seeks to provide an assessment of how the housing market in the Village of Trumansburg has been changing and what these trends mean for the future.
Since the 2008 Comprehensive Plan was completed, an increased demand for housing in the Ithaca area combined with Trumansburg’s small market, attractive school district, high quality housing, and recent improvements to the downtown have increased demand for housing in the Village. This, coupled with changing demographics and the impending lift of the building moratorium, makes this analysis timely.
This document reviews the current Village zoning ordinance, adopted in 2012, which regulates land use in the Village of Trumansburg. The report includes evaluation of the zoning ordinance and additional Village laws, specifically focusing on historical and recent development patterns of single-family homes within the “Residential 1” (R-1) district. This district covers a majority of the land and homes within the Village. The findings aim to provide useful information should the Village consider revising the existing zoning ordinance.