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CRA legislation, sign code ordinance tabled to Oct. 1

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Pataskala City Council on Sept. 17 tabled legislation for three Community Reinvestment Areas (CRAs) and an ordinance amending the city's temporary sign code.

The tabling of the CRA legislation came at the request of City Administrator Tim Boland, who previously recommended City Council take more time on the complex legislation.

The potential CRAs are in the Old Village, Summit Station and Columbia Center downtown areas.

The CRAs would provide tax abatements on the value of improved and newly built houses for up to 15 years; on the value of improved and newly built multifamily housing for up to 15 years; and on improved or newly built commercial properties for up to 15 years. All improvements include minimum investments to be eligible.

Committee members had agreed Sept. 10 that incentives for newly built multifamily residential developments and incentives to improve existing multifamily residential developments may not be appropriate. They were divided on whether or not the city should allow commercial abatements.

City Council expects to hear the third reading of the legislation on Oct. 1.

The Pataskala Economic Development Committee on Sept. 10 opposed some changes in the ordinance amending the city's temporary sign code.

City Council on Sept. 17 voted to take the ordinance off the table and amend it to address some of the committee's concerns. The amendments included: decreasing the number of temporary signs allowed for a business from four to three; removing a provision allowing temporary signs to be placed in a city right of way; and removing references that would allow business signs in residential areas, although a grandfathering provision was included for existing businesses.

City Council plans to consider the amended ordinance Oct. 1.

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