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City council meets on zoning

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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The city council met Tuesday night to discuss matters concerning planning and zoning.

Discussed at the meeting was a proposed two-mile buffer zone around the city limits and areas within city limits that are not yet zoned.

Sue Beesley, from Bingham McHale law firm, Indianapolis, spoke at the meeting, and said she had never seen areas that weren't zoned within a town's city limits.

"Forget the two mile (buffer) for a minute, you've even got properties inside the city limits that have never been zoned ... so that's even stranger ... I don't know how that occurred," Beesley said.

Beesley noted that the potential problems with the non-zoned areas are that the city would have less control over what could be built on those properties.

For instance, a junkyard could be built next to a residentially zoned area, which could depreciate the residences or make it unsightly.

Next on the agenda was to enforce jurisdiction of a two-mile buffer zone around the contour of the city limits.

Beesley said to adopt the two-mile buffer, the planning committee will need a comprehensive plan that includes the buffer, and also changes to the non-zoned areas.

Next, the committee will have to schedule a hearing with the council and make a recommendation to the council for it to adopt the plan.

"Our first step is to record the map with the two-mile (zone). The second step (is to) make sure our comprehensive plan covers the two-mile (zone); and if it does fine," Beesley said.

"If it doesn't, then we have to have a hearing on the comprehensive plan covering the two mile (zone) at the planning commission level. Then, you make a recommendation to the council, and then the council adopts it."

Beesley said the next step is to prepare a zoning ordinance.

"Then we prepare the zoning ordinance and maps. I don't think we're going to have to change the text of your zoning ordinance any ... so we'll really just be amending the maps," Beesley said.

"Then we'll need a map (designating the two mile buffer zone) and I would also go ahead and designate the areas that have not been (zoned within the city limits)."

The planning committee will continue to move forward on the project and will hold another meeting to track the progress Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m., in city hall.


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When do they plan to go non-smoking ?

-- Posted by Blue6 on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 7:42 PM

This was not a council meeting, it was a Zoning and Planning meeting.

Blue6: Probably never...

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 10:42 PM

Don't kid yourselves. This is expansion of a tax base. The city is broke, they need more money.

Hold on to your wallets.

-- Posted by Strider on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 10:35 AM


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