The Northern Westchester Examiner

Village of Ossining Considers Zoning Change for New Businesses

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The Village of Ossining is considering an amendment to its Zoning Code to attract new tenants to its business districts.

Various boards in the village met recently to discuss expanding the definition of “artisanal” to allow such businesses as craft brewing and distilling, small batch confectionary-making, frozen dessert-making (gelato, ice cream) and others.

Currently, artisan work is defined in the code as production of art, sculpture and similar items that require hand tools or machines. The code also specifies that businesses cannot produce “noxious noises, odors, vibrations, or fumes.”

“This proposed amendment is in response to a conversation with an Ossining commercial property owner,” said Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity. “Working with our land use boards and property owners to ensure that zoning laws support current businesses, while streamlining the pathway for new businesses, is critical for growing a more vibrant local economy.”

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