Zoning commission votes on boundary
by Terra Temple
Sep 04, 2013 | 967 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After an eight-month hiatus, the Metropolis Zoning Commission reconvened Aug. 20, holding a special meeting to further review and make recommendations to the final draft of the city’s Zoning Ordinance and map.

Almost four hours of discussion was recessed to Tuesday, Sept. 10 when the commission is scheduled to meet again at 7 p.m. at Metropolis City Hall in the City Council Chambers. The meeting is open to the public.

The three-week lull gives city zoning administrator Chad Murray time to finalize the one item of action the commission voted on — the boundary line of the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) — and revise the particulars of the Zoning Ordinance.

Both the map and ordinance will be available for public inspection at the City Clerk’s Office, the Metropolis Public Library, the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce and the city’s website, www.cityofmetropolis.com.

Approximately half of the Aug. 20 meeting can be viewed on the Metropolis Planet’s YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMetropolisPlanet; click on Metropolis Zoning Commission.8-20-13. 

A history lesson

The City of Metropolis last passed a Zoning Ordinance in 1964. And while it’s been amended over the years, it hasn’t had a full-blown makeover.

That process began around 2004 when city officials started developing the first Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district.

Through that process, officials learned the TIF plan needed to be consistent with the city’s comprehensive land use/strategic plan, which was adopted in 1964.

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