Hudson -- After a lengthy discussion, the planning commission recommended an amendment of the land development code in reference to pedestrian linkage -- sidewalks -- with several suggestions to the text.
The proposed amendment, introduced by City Council, allows developers to provide funds in lieu of construction of public sidewalks going to nowhere [situations where there are no sidewalks on either side of the proposed new development].
Funds would be directed to a special city fund for sidewalks which would be used to fill sidewalk gaps throughout the city, according to information provided by the department of community development.
Planning commissioner Rob Kagler said the proposal had a narrow focus.
"In what district would this be appropriate? Not [district] 6 or 8. That would just complicate things," Kagler said.
"Where in the city of Hudson should sidewalks be required?"
Kagler suggested additional discussion on the amendment should be entertained by City Council.
"There are worthwhile topics to be discussed," he said.
Commission member Robert Drew said, "This may not be the final version, but the premise requiring sidewalks in a good one."
The commission recommended the code amendment by a vote of 4-1, with the following suggestions for City Council follow-up: determining whether or not sidewalks be required citywide; or whether funds in lieu of sidewalks be permitted at all and if permitted, what districts would it pertain to and determining how the funds would be calculated.
The amendment now returns to City Council.