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Planning Commission OKs change from industrial to multi-family
Monday, May 18, 2009 by Kimberly Reeves
So, can a developer get buy-in from the Planning Commission turn a one-time light industrial property into preferred multi-family residential zoning in an industrial area? It appears so, especially if the neighborhood strongly supports it.
Developer Kevin Ludlow wanted to turn a 1.4-acre parcel at
Light industrial and single family are not exactly good neighbors. Despite
One of the biggest concerns, of course, was compatibility. The property next door, still undeveloped, would have to have a 50-foot setback if
Offering two possible solutions to resolve the case, zoning case manager Joi Harden even suggested either subdividing the tract or creating two zoning districts on the tract to avoid potential setback issues. Or, without a zoning change,
None of those options appealed to
“I’d be more than happy to take MF-1,”
The neighborhood plan contact team, led by Andrew Bucknall, supported the zoning change. When the plan was created back in 2002, residential was not something envisioned for the Ed Bluestein sub-district, but the neighborhood embraced pride in ownership and
Commissioners, minus Sullivan, leaned toward granting the zoning change in recognition of the changing character of the neighborhood. Gerardo Castillo noted that many residents of the neighborhood probably would not have believed seven years ago that someone would want to develop on land once known as the Hog Pen site.
Sullivan struggled with the concept of completing voiding all the city’s long-held planning principles. People complain about industrial zoning adjacent to single-family zoning. But, in this case, someone was pushing for just that.
“This flies in the face of all our planning principles,” Sullivan said. “I’m just deeply troubled by this case.”
Commissioner Mandy Dealey made the motion for multi-family zoning (MF-1-NP). Sullivan capitulated in the end, making the vote on the changes to both the Future Land Use Map and the zoning 6-0.
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