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City revitalization discussed

Friday, August 3, 2007

The rehabilitation of the city was once again the topic of discussion for the Brazil City Advisory Plan Commission at its meeting Thursday night.

Ball State Director of Community Based Projects James Segedy attended the meeting to help explain the Land Use and Development Code portion of the Brazil Comprehensive Plan.

"The ordinances we used are all out of the current state and City of Brazil ordinance books," Segedy said. "What we did is just simplify them and make the wording clearer so it can be understood by everyone, not just by the legal profession."

The code section contains definitions, zoning codes, development standards and an administrative and process portions, among others, which set specific restrictions for land usage.

"The zoning code and development standards portions are cross referenced with each other to make it as user-friendly as possible," Segedy said. "The standards used in the code are not as strict as some other cities in the state, but it is set a lot higher than what are currently in place."

Items of the new code created concern among members of the commission because the standards, specifically lot restrictions, because it would cause much of downtown Brazil to be in non-compliance.

The commission, however, accepted the first reading of the code and decided to hold a special work session later this month to discuss possible changes to the code before a second reading would be done for a final approval vote. They will also set a specific two-mile fringe around the city and label the districts accordingly to help make the transition into the plan smoother.

The second reading of the Brazil Comprehensive Plan and Development Guidelines portions was also accepted during the meeting. These portions are only a framework of the plan with suggestions on how to revitalize the city.

This will now go in front of the Common Council of the City of Brazil for their consideration and possible approval.

"Steps are being taken to get this plan into action," Segedy said. "The city didn't get into the shape it is in overnight, and it won't be fixed overnight either."

An up-to-date version of the Comprehensive Plan, including the Land Use and Development Code, is available on Segedy's download site at homepage.mac.com/jsegedy. The commission hopes to have it uploaded to the city website within the next few days.

Residents are encouraged to review the plan and code and make suggestions.

To make suggestions, contact Planning Administrator Michele Griffin by phone at 446-0050 or by e-mail at michele@bra-zil.in.gov.

The next regular meeting of the Brazil City Advisory Plan Commission will be on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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