“We’ve reorganized and we’re going to do something that can be done beneficially, efficiently and realistically and move on with the growth of the City of Metropolis,” he said.
Key points of that reorganization are:
• Parring down the proposed 1 1/2-mile Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).
• Including two members of the Massac County Farm Bureau to act as advisors to the Zoning Commission.
Some 10 years have been spent in updating the city’s 1964-era Zoning Ordinance, beginning with discussion by the city’s Planning Commission and work toward the goal beginning in 2006 with a series of public meetings to solicit comments and suggestions from citizens . From this emerged a citizen group — consisting of Metropolis and Massac County residents and City of Metropolis officials — who over the next year developed a Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted by the Metropolis City Council in 2007.
McDaniel said that while “many good things came out of those” initial information-gathering meetings and were turned into a vision, “unfortunately, since we’ve started this — we had the tremendous downturn in the economy in 2008; things are getting better now.”
Around 2010, consultant firm Economic Development Resources (EDR) was hired to begin writing the Zoning Ordinance using the information gathered over the last four years. EDR worked with the 14-member Zoning Commission — which consists of representatives from the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission. That information — a preliminary draft of the ordinance — was the topic of a two-day public hearing held Dec. 20-21, 2012.
Approximately 160 people provided “some very good comments that that have given us a little direction,” McDaniel said. “Our job here is do what’s best not only for City of Metropolis but our entire community.”
Because of that, he continued: “We’re going to regroup. We found out from public opinion and what came out of those meetings that the 1 1/2 mile (ETJ) is not functional nor is it realistic for us as a community of the size we are to think that we can take care of all that. We’re going to retreat just a little bit and probably gear that down to maybe within a quarter mile or less.”
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