More business may come to Brazil in the near future.
In Thursday night's meeting of the Brazil Advisory Plan Commission, they unanimously approved to rezone approximately 29 acres of land near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Water Works Rd. (CR 200 W) from residential to general business.
"This is simply a recommendation at this time," Brazil Planning Administrator Michele Griffin said. "It now must go in front of the city council for final approval before the zoning classification officially changes."
Attorney Eric Somheil presented the petition for rezoning on behalf of Richard Gasway, who also wants to annex the area into the corporate limits of the city.
"We have no buyer yet to develop the area, but we are hoping the zoning change would help entice buyers into the area," Somheil said. "This could really benefit the community."
As part of the petition process, adjacent landowners were able to give their opinions about the zoning change before the petition was presented to the commission.
"We had two opinions disapproving the change, and two with no opinion," Griffin said. "However First Christian Church, which gave no opinion and is on the east side of the land, also indicated they would not hinder any progress that might take place."
The Common Council of the City of Brazil will consider both the zoning change and potential annexation at their next regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
The next meeting of the Brazil Advisory Plan Commission will be Thursday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. at the same location.