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Summer in the City – SIDA Makes Waves with New Tax Exemption Policies

The City of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) made waves earlier this summer when board members unanimously voted to end the long-standing practice of giving the Syracuse Common Council the ability to vote on all payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreements. As of June 21, 2016, the Council’s PILOT oversight is limited to instances in which an agreement deviates from the Agency’s uniform tax exemption policy (UTEP).

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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder – And In The Eye Of The Planning Board

Sometimes a planning or zoning board objects to a project based on how it looks. Aesthetic issues that come up in site plan, subdivision, or variance review may include the size and shape of a building, the materials used for a project, or even the color of a building or sign. The question often arises whether it is proper for a zoning board to deny approval, or to condition approval, based on such aesthetic concerns.

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