The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for all aspects of property development, land use regulations, property maintenance, permitting, and codes enforcement activities and also acts as the first point of contact in assisting developers in the process of project approval. The department also works as the liaison to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as the federal, state and local agencies and commissions that may be involved in the approval process.
DeWitt is located in Central New York, bordered by the City of Syracuse in the west and the Town of Manlius in the east. Though DeWitt’s population is 26,000, more than 45,000 non-residents come to DeWitt each day to work and more than 100,000 vehicles pass through the town on their way to other destinations. As such, DeWitt serves as an eastern suburban hub outside the City of Syracuse and appeals to companies looking for a vital holistic, progressive community to locate – or expand – their business.
Covering nearly 34 square miles, including 129 miles of roads, DeWitt offers unparalleled access to truck, rail, and air services including Hancock International Airport and both Class I and Class II railway systems. DeWitt also offers easy access to major arterial highways bisecting the town, NYS Route 81 running North and South from the Canadian border to Scranton, PA and the NYS Thruway running East and West from Boston to Cleveland; Route 690 and I-481 are also accessed with the town.
Historically, the Town of DeWitt has been very supportive of industrial, high-tech, retail and freight distribution uses. Approximately 46% of all of the industrial land use by acreage in Onondaga County is located in DeWitt, with 52% of the town itself zoned industrial or high-tech. DeWitt has 12 Zoning Districts to accommodate just about any type of use; residential, business, hi-tech, office and professional; we also allow “Mixed-use” and “Transportation and Distribution” overlay Districts.
With the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, development of an Inland Port at DeWitt’s village of East Syracuse rail yards is now in the planning stages. The Inland Port project has the potential to become a positive, powerful long-term economic engine for the entire CNY region.
“We’re building community” in DeWitt because we want to ensure our town remains a highly desirable place to live, learn, worship, work, shop, play…and do business.
We’re building community.