Bethel performing arts district
BETHEL — A
public hearing on the proposed local law that would
set up the performing arts district in Bethel will
be held on May 30. Originally, the hearing was to
be held in conjunction with the Gerry Foundation public
hearing on May 16.
At the May 10 Town of Bethel Board
meeting, a change was made to the proposed local law.
That change eliminated an accidental redundancy that
would have required double approval for any events
held within the proposed district. The board unanimously
approved the change.
The change necessitated rescheduling
the public hearing to allow interested parties to
review the revised copy for the required period of
10 days before the hearing. Because the proposal is
a local law, the town board, unlike other plans for
the performing arts center which must be dealt with
jointly by the town board and the planning board,
need only approve it.
If approved, the law would create a
performing arts (PA) zoning district. The PA district
includes special uses such as concerts and construction
of stages that would be required by a performing arts
center like the one proposed by the Gerry Foundation.
Under the zoning, site plans, special use permits
and planning board approval are still required before
any event or construction could take place within
The public hearing will be held on
May 30 at the Bethel Justice Court at 7:30 p.m. during
the rescheduled regular meeting of the town board.