UPDATE is at the end of this article.
The Rochester Planning Commission meets tonight (June 11), and a proposed one-year hydraulic fracturing moratorium in the city is on its agenda.
City Council referred the moratorium proposal to the Planning Commission, which will issue an advisory opinion. The commission’s agenda says the moratorium would apply to “certificates of zoning compliance, building permits, and variances relating to the exploration and extraction of natural gas, commonly known as hydrofracking.”
Council member Loretta Scott, the proposal’s sponsor, says she wants the moratorium to cover drilling as well as supporting industries, such as the manufacturing or storage of fracking fluids. Currently, those operations could locate in the city’s industrial zones.
The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 30 Church Street. – Jeremy Moule
You may also have been following this one: New Life Presbyterian Church goes before the Rochester Planning Commission tonight (June 11) to ask for a special permit to allow live theater in the church. The Bread and Water Theatre group has been doing its shows at New Life for many years, but was only recently informed that it needed a permit. The group’s artistic director, J.R. Teeter, has been fighting the requirement. He says the city’s enforcement is uneven and unfair. Partly because of the Bread and Water situation, City Hall is looking to overhaul entertainment licensing.
Tonight’s meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street. – Christine Carrie Fien
Rochester City Council, which is continuing its review of Mayor Tom Richards’ 2012-2013 proposed budget, will hold another daylong series of hearings on Tuesday (June 12). The hearings, which are open to the public, will take place in Council Chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street.
- 9:35 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.: police department budget;
- 10:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: fire department;
- 1:30 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.: emergency communications;
- 2:10 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.: information technology;
- 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.: neighborhood and business development.
City Council will vote on the budget, as well as the Rochester school district’s budget on Tuesday, June 19.
– Christine Carrie Fien