The State College Borough Council held a public hearing to consider a zoning amendment, discussed changes to the Property Maintenance Code and heard reports from the Schlow library and the Human Relations Commission during its regular meeting last night.
Planning director Carl Hess presented the changes that would be made in the newly created zoning district that will include Westerly Parkway and Hamilton Avenue.
The rezoning is meant to integrate commercial and residential buildings in the area. The council will continue to discuss this rezoning at a work session.
Property owners in the area have been notified and the staff has received good feedback, especially from people who own and operate Hamilton Shopping Area, Hess said.
Hess also reported on the success of discussions between stakeholders and the Planning and Ordinance Enforcement staff on the property maintenance code .
Borough Manager Tom Fountaine recommended that the council schedule further meetings to continue discussion about these changes at the next work session.
The council heard reports from the Borough’s representatives on the Schlow Centre Region Library Board Rich Kalin and Schlow Centre Region Librarian Cathi Alloway about the success of Schlow Library over the past year.
There has been a decrease in library visits in the past year that correlated with the introduction of the availability of e-books. Looking ahead,
The Human Relations Commission’s request that Expanded Procedures provisions of the AntiDiscrimination Ordinance be initiated, which the council approved.